I just installed Audacity on a new workstation (have been using on another pc, very pleased). This new workstation is running Windows 10. Audacity opens fine, but when I click on the record icon, I get an exclamation mark, dialog box error saying: “Error while opening sound device. Please check the recording device settings and the project sample rate”
I am not super-savvy, even if this is a fundamental type problem, but I did open my pc’s recording settings and see that it has two ‘recording devices’ listed: Microphone (not plugged in) and Line In (not plugged in). If I recall, in the past (on other workstations, which I don’t have access to at the moment) there was some kind of internal recording device too, though my brain might be getting a ton of error messages which I have a tendency to ignore (lol)…
This new workstation is running Windows 10.
What is the workstation working on and what is your job—exactly?
Those two phrases cause upset tummies. Audacity doesn’t “do” network connections and drives very well. So in addition to Win10 magic setups and device/connection management, it’s a terrible idea to capture to a network drive, or try to run Audacity on a network drive.
Fill in the holes.
Though I used the term ‘workstation’, I am not actually trying to have any network-based functionality. For all intents and purposes, this could be a stand-alone desktop. What I’m doing is watching my employer’s prescribed training videos, and I thought I might better absorb what I was hearing in those videos (video portion of training adds very little to the content, so audio is my main interest…) by putting them on a CD and listening on my way to and from work.
I know on my pc at home, Audacity install and setup was seamless. I began using it right away, to the best of my recollection.
The error message here at work, as I stated, led to me believe that possibly the recording device(s) was not set up, and as I said, I did not see any ‘internal’ type audio recording device/capability when I opened Winduhs 10’s recording device window.
Does that, hopefully, provide enough information to guide the misguided?
We can only go with what you tell us.
So bottom line, you’re trying to record sound playing on the computer.
Yes, trying to record sound playing on the computer. Thank you for the links. In my case it was selecting the ‘Windows WASAPI’ recording device in Audacity that resulted in success.