Hit "Record" - Nothing Happens

Just purchased a brand new HP all-in-one desktop computer running Windows 10. Also just downloaded Audacity version 2.4.1.

When I play Audacity files from my old laptop, all is fine.

When I try to create a new recording, I hit “record” - and nothing. Zip. Nada. Nuttin’.

What’s going on and any help on how to fix this…? I have to record a podcast tomorrow and I’m seriously out of luck here.

Any suggestions are appreciated, so thanks very much in advance.

I appreciate that you say “nothing happens”, but does the green triangle at the left end of the Timeline turn red?

Yes, it turns red, and it doesn’t give any levels nor advance, even though the mic is listed on the mic toolbar. I’ve put the level up. I’ve checked the privacy settings on Windows 10. It doesn’t advance. It doesn’t do a mic level nor a recording despite that it says in the toolbar that it recognizes the mic. I’m new so I’ve gotten nowhere with audacity, and keep trying other DAWs, but I want to use Audacity. It’s discouraging, and I don’t have old Audacity projects to see if they work like the original poster. It’s just frozen. I’ve gone through all the Preferences that I understand, and it all seems to be set correctly. I’ve followed online videos.

Which version of Audacity? (Look in “Help menu > About Audacity”)

In Audacity, select “Help menu > Diagnostics > Audio device info”.
Wait for the info to appear, then save it as a file somewhere convenient.
Attach the saved file to your reply (see: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/how-to-attach-files-to-forum-posts/24026/1)

I have to record a podcast tomorrow and I’m seriously out of luck here.

Do you still have the old laptop around? That may be your show until we can resolve this.


Here’s the device info.
deviceinfo.txt (7.13 KB)

Is anything else using your mic at the same time?

Not that I’m aware of. I’ve done this with nothing else open on a computer restart with Audacity uninstalled and reinstalled with a fresh download. Repeatedly. Sometimes I’ve done it with a YouTube instructional video open in Chrome, or with the manual open in Chrome. I’ve literally NEVER gotten Audacity to work.

I got it to work with the laptop mic array. Then I got it to work with the Yeti mic, but only if the laptop speaker array was set as the speaker (vol at zero to prevent feedback). Then I played back through Yeti headphones, and that worked. But it’s frozen if Yeti headphones are the speaker. So to record, I have to NOT have it set to Yeti speaker, which is fine since I monitor with Yeti as I record, and don’t need the echo latency.

I need to see if I was having the same problem recording with Zoom H6 and using headphones attached there.

Did you get this resoloved? I am having the same problem.

Probably not the same. Are you using a Blue Yeti like bluespapa?
If your problem is still regarding your Fender amp, I posted a reply here: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/fender-mustang-amp-is-connected-to-audacity-but-wont-record/48669/7

Does Audacity still default to Preferences > Recording > Overdub [X] On? Doesn’t that mean both the recording and the playback services have to be in perfect working order?

Does the Audacity program reinstall still default to saving old preferences and settings?

What does that screen look like where it asks you if you want to trash the preferences during a reinstall?