I haven’t used Audacity for a few years - but this time around, on a default installation - when I record and then playback… it seems there is a hall effect on. Also seems to be doing some sort of auto-limiting during “quiet” times. Has anyone else experienced this?
Many Windows users experience this if they haven’t turned off Windows Enhanced Services.
In addition to the “enhancements” that koz mentioned, some sound cards also have their own control panel with additional effects “to enhance your listening pleasure”.