I haven’t recorded using Audacity in a few weeks now, but as of trying today I am faced with an odd issue that I haven’t seen before. I will do my best to explain.
Scenario: Record 2 overlapping guitar tracks
Step 1: Record track 1, playback, track 1 sounds fine (DAMN GOOD I might add ).
(no modifications to any settings whatsoever between steps, just pressing record, play, and stop buttons)
Step 2: Record track 2, playback, track 1 sounds fine underneath, track 2 is exactly 1 full step lower in pitch
Track 2 seems to also be slowed speed-wise proportionately to the amount that the pitch is lowered, although this is hard to pick up on exactly since a “1 second long” note might become 1.1 seconds after recording and I can’t tell if that difference is caused by my own physical inconsistency.
Thinking it might be my computer getting bogged down with a measly 2 tracks (Core i5, SSHD) I added a third, fourth, and fifth track. Every track except for track 1 is an exact full step lower than the original recorded/input pitch.
I’ve tried adjusting the recording and playback quality, ensuring they are equal, etc. Even if a setting is causing the slowed playback, I can’t even imagine how it allows my first track to be recorded and played back fine, but tracks 2+ are dropped by a full step.
One last thing I noted is that it’s not only the playback that is pitched down, as soon as I hit ‘stop recording’ on track 2+, I immediately see it alter the shape of the wave and move it back about 0.1 seconds. The track itself now exists at that lower pitch/speed.
Am I missing a really obvious setting that I accidentally engaged by pressing a secret combination of buttons or something?