I’m using Windows 10 and Windows just pushed me an update I didn’t want. Ever since then my audio has been acting weird. I have a Shure microphone and I can select it in the microphone and speakers areas in Audacity. I’ve run the Transport > Rescan Audio Devices. The microphone shows up in my sound settings and is set as my default mic. It’s set to mono 44100 Hz, just like the software. But whenever I press record, I get the message “Error opening sound device. Try changing the audio host, recording device and the project sample rate.” I’ve looked at the online help and checked the settings they mention. Nothing has worked. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am at my wit’s end. I have never once had any trouble using this microphone with Audacity.
I have a Shure microphone and I can select it in the microphone and speakers areas in Audacity.
Missed a step. Audacity gets its sound from Windows, not the device. Open the Windows control panels. Right-click the speaker, lower right, > Recording Devices—I’m guessing a bit) and make sure that sound meter is correct and bouncing with your sound.
One way to cross up connecting a sound device is Stereo/Mono. Does the microphone think it’s a mono device the whole way? If you used a device driver when you installed the microphone, is it still there?
Do you use Skype or other Chat? Games? Are they still running in the background, either intentionally or not? They are a good way to mess up microphone connectivity.
Other odd problems: are you overdubbing? If you are, the computer may need to be playing to and recording from the microphone perfectly. Both directions need to be set up.
Did you restart the machine anywhere in here? I know Windows may have insisted on a restart, but did you do a clean one after that? Shift - Shutdown?
Thank you for the info, really helpful.