Latency correction help please [SOLVED]

Hey you guys
I’ve been you using Audacity forever, and today i’m coming here for a little help if you can, I just purchased a brand new computer, got everything hooked up and the first thing I go to download was audacity of course. so Install it, make sure all of my connections are correct, load in some audio to do a test and when I went to record my vocals over it a message came up saying

“latency correction setting has caused recorded audio to be hidden before zero. audacity has brought it back to start at zero. you may have to use time shift tool (<----> or f5) to drag the track to the right place”

it’s a couple of issues with that message for me guys, 1 I’ve never seen it before as long as I used audacity, I downloaded and took the same preparations that I’ve done in the past so I don’t know what’s goin on.
2nd there’s no audio to be moved except for the pre loaded audio. it won’t even let me record anything, once I try to record nothing moves, then that message pops up. I really need some help if anybody can help out there I would greatly appreciate it… thanks

load in some audio to do a test and when I went to record my vocals over it a message came up

I would probably not have picked one of the most complicated jobs Audacity can do as a first project. If it fails, thousands of things could be wrong.

If you still have the installer, reinstall Audacity and check the box that says to reset all your preferences.

Download and import this six second sound clip and play it.

Did you get that far?

Restart Audacity. Set up for a straight recording (not overdubbing). Did that work? Did you get a simple voice/guitar sound clip that plays OK? Performing a simple sound recording is one of the steps in the process of setting up your computer for overdubbing. If you can’t do that, you can dig yourself a hole very rapidly by going further.


I did re- install it earlier, and I got the same result @Kozikowski but i’m gonna delete it and reinstall it and reset my preference, to be sure, where can I reset my preference if you don’t mind me asking?

okay just did what you suggested and I got the same exact result man, smh i’m stuck I don’t get what’s goin on I’ve never had this problem before and I’ve been rocking with this program since like '06 or '07 and I’ve never seen this. and I can’t get around this.

To make sure you reset preferences, please see You must enable the “Reset Preferences” box half way through the installation process.

The message occurs because the recording is stalling.

If the recording stalls after reinstalling Audacity, try shutting down and restarting the computer. If you are on Windows 8.1, use the WIN + X menu to shut down fully.

If it is still a problem after that, we need more information. Exactly what versions of Windows and Audacity (see the pink panel at the top of this page). Exactly what equipment (make and model number) are you using to sing over the background? How are you connecting that equipment to the computer?


got it together guys, thanks