Flatline after recording

I am using Audacity Audacity 2.0.5. windows 7 professional and my sound card is focusrite 2i2.

When I start recording a song, I get the waveform but then the waveform disappears and I am left with a flatline. Interestingly, when I just try to record my voice on mme, my voice is recorded with no flatline. Can someone please help?

Can someone please help with my question. PLEASE.

I assume that you are aware that Windows 7 is now officially obsolete

Audacity 2.0.5 is a pretty old version (the current version is 2.3.3).

How are you recording the “song”? What is different when you record your voice?

1st of all Steve, thank you for responding. No i was not aware Windows 7 is now officially obsolete. I live on social security and can’t afford a newer version of windows. Would a Windows upgrade cost money?

"How are you recording the “song”?
I am recording on a karaoke track. I open the track and then hit record(mme selected to record) and then start singing. for the 1st few seconds i see the waveform and a few seconds later the waveform disappears. Even after i hit stop, there is no waveform. Now when I open up a new audacity and hit record, my voice is clearly recorded when mme and windows direct sound is selected But when WASP is selected, there is no wave form. I have been recording on audacity for so many years but never found this problem as i have confronted this time. Could it be that i inadvertently changed my audacity settings under preference?

Thank you again kind Sir.

If you want to stick with Microsoft products, then yes.
If you fancy trying out Linux as your operating system, then there are many free Linux distributions (a “distribution” is like a “brand” or “flavour” of Linux).
Just last week a friend of mine was in the same situation - they did not want to splash out £100 for Windows 10, especially as they have an older machine that won’t run Win 10 very well. I installed Xubuntu 18.04 LTS for her, and she’s very happy with it. I was expecting to get some “support requests” from her, but it seems that she’s worked everything out herself :slight_smile:

The official version of Audacity for (X)Ubuntu 18.04 is Audacity 2.2.1, which is a bit old but works fine.

If you want to try Xubuntu (or some other flavour of Linux), then it is possible to install it to a USB memory stick and run it directly from there, without installing to the computer. Xubuntu is a lightweight version of Ubuntu, and is well suited for older computers. Information about putting Ubuntu/Xubuntu onto a USB stick can be found here: https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/tutorial-create-a-usb-stick-on-windows#1-overview

So have you imported the backing track into Audacity?

Does it disappear entirely, or just go to a very low level (almost a flat line, but just a slight wiggle to the line)?

You probably don’t need to use WASAPI.

i tried uninstalling 2.05 but got a msg saying "internal error, cannot find Ucomplied code record for this version of the uninstaller

If you just want to update, you can just run the Audacity installer and it will update the older version. Because you are jumping several versions ahead, I would recommend resetting preferences when you install - there’s an option to do so during the installation.
The current version is available via the Audacity website: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/
Note that the current version of Audacity has MP3 support built in, so no need to install LAME.

To Uninstall:
You can “uninstall” Audacity by deleting the Audacity folder (in the “Programs” folder) and deleting Audacity’s configuration folder which is in:


where is your log-in name.

If you installed LAME and / or FFmpeg, they can also be deleted from the Programs folder.

Many people are still upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free. Have a look at the following articles:
Tip: You can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free
Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free
Here’s how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade

That’s interesting to know. I was going on Microsoft’s documentation:

Is the Windows 10 free upgrade offer still available?

The Windows 10 free upgrade through the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app ended on July 29, 2016

This was the original official Microsoft announcement. But there were so many people willing to stick with Windows 7 that they unofficially relaxed the rule.
A friend of mine upgraded from 7 to 10 very recently. There was no problem. He only needed to already have a legitimate Windows 7 or 8 license key.
A caveat though: the hardware has to be compatible with Windows 10.

I think your temperament needs to be compatible too :wink:

I have known all Windows systems since the “good old days” of DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1. I love Windows 10. To me it is the best Windows system ever.

i tried uninstalling 2.05 but got a msg saying "internal error, cannot find Ucomplied code record for this version of the uninstaller

So which one of you is just wasting our time spamming? My guess is usaokaj .