This started happening after doing dozens of recording w/o this issue: I’ll record from a turntable and the sound will suddenly go to instant saturation and stay there until I stop the recording. If I start over again, it will usually record nominally. It is doing this on 2.2.1, but it started doing it on an older version, something like 2.1.6 I think. Previously on this same version, it had never occurred. So I am thinking maybe it is Window related, but I have no clue where to even look to try to diagnose.
The turntable is an Ion USB turntable connected via USB.
The only thing I am doing other than using Audacity is surfing the web on Google Chrome.
The thing that makes it tough to diagnose is that I am not doing anything different from before. Previously, I recorded roughly 40 albums via the same turntable on the same computer w/o issue. The only difference I can think of is that I used to use Firefox as a web browser, but switched to Chrome.
I haven’t saved any of the “instant saturation” sections, so I can’t say how they actually sound, but next time it happens, I’ll give it a listen.
I don’t think it’s a driver problem because virtually all of these USB audio devices use the Microsoft-supplied drivers that everybody else uses.
The only thing I am doing other than using Audacity is surfing the web on Google Chrome
It’s not a good idea to multitask while recording because you can get buffer overflow and “glitches” in the audio, but I doubt it’s related to your problem. (Windows is always multi-tasking, even if you’re only running one application, but you do want to minimize it.)
I think I solved my problem. I was using “Microphone (USB Audio Codec)” as the recording device. I switched to “Primary Sound Capture Driver”. Since the switch, I have recorded about 6-7 albums w/o the issue showing up. The sound is better as well.