Disorted audio record with Audacity

Dear Gents,

I did upgrade of audacity recording software. Also I have well-mainteaned WIndows 7. I am experiencing dfifficulties during audio recording from music streaming.

Record playback has streaks, short outages and it is distorted!

Can anybody have clue what is wrong???

Many helps for suppprt!!!


Andy K. :smiley:

Please see the pink panel at the top of the page and tell us what exact version of Audacity you have (all three numbers). You can obtain the current 2.1.2 release from us at http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows.

Assuming you have copyright holders’ permission to record the stream, try the Windows WASAPI (loopback) method: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_recording_computer_playback_on_windows.html#wasapi.



it was actually under About button. It is 2.1.2. Is it enough for you or you need further details?


As you have 2.1.2, you can try the WASAPI loopback method we mentioned earlier. Have you tried that?

  1. In Audacity, open Device Toolbar.
  2. In the first (Host) box of Device Toolbar, choose “Windows WASAPI”.
  3. In the second (Recording Device) box, choose the (loopback) input for the speakers or headphones you are using for playback. For example, Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio) (loopback)".
  4. In the third (Recording Channels) box, choose mono or stereo. Stereo may work better.
  5. In the fourth (Playback Device) box, choose the Speakers or Headphones that you are using for listening. For example “Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)”.
  6. Start playing the audio you want to record.
  7. Press the big red Record button in Audacity.

If you are already using WASAPI loopback as above, please attach a sample of a few seconds in WAV so we can hear what it sounds like. See How to post an audio sample. Give us more idea what you are recording. Is it simply a web site? Or are you trying to record Skype or microphone and a web site at the same time?


Sir I kept all steps except of sencond one with loopback which I could not find.

Result is no audio recorded!

I can not perform step 3 where I can not find button.

I am desperated!!!

If I am using Skype echo test loopback everything is in order!

What can be problem?

Reinstall audacity from sratch?

Any advice would be highly welcomed!



If you take your computer mouse and click this link in blue http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/device_toolbar.html it explains how to use Device Toolbar.

It will probably help to drag Device Toolbar wider then you can more easily see the contents of each box. Drag Device Toolbar wider by dragging the drag handle rightwards (the handle is at the right-hand edge of Device Toolbar).

Or you can make the same choices at Edit > Preferences…, Devices section.

If you want to reinstall Audacity, setting the option to return its settings to factory state, see http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#reset. This will make Device Toolbar narrow again.


Dear gents,

I did factory reset as per advice in member’s post but now no audio recorded!

Does anybody have idea what is wrong???



I think you need to read the answers carefully. I did not tell you to do a factory reset. I did suggest you read https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/disorted-audio-record-with-audacity/43814/6

We can’t help you any more.