OK, here the deal. I have used Audacity for years, decades now? Formerly on Windows, and intensively and weekly on linux for the last 5 years.
- Audacity’s recording function is busted. If I hit ‘record’ button. It takes 10 seconds for the timeline to reach 1 second.
- Audio records and is stored of course 10x as fast as it should be. So ultra-fast.
- Top end Top end specs, i7 cpu, 32G RAM vs pre-v 2.3 same clean system used on an older system old pentium dual-core with 4G RAM — so not a system issue. nor a latency issue caused by system or hardware!
- Installing multiple repo pkgs + the current source built clean, results in exact same issue.
Fuller details below. I was forced to join forum and report this and there is nothing more I can do, tried basically everything in options, latency options etc. Finally built clean (all settings and traces on system of course removed) to no avail and now just installed the 2.4-alpha as well, all the same. I update my system of course regularly using Arch, and this is a NEW issue obviously from more recent updates.
I have never had an issue with it before, although it does crash on linux. And on this measure I have tested on current CentOS and various Arch Linux builds on clean, vanilla and refined systems with all options and depends AND on machines from 15 year-old stable PC running old pentium dual-core with 4G ram (and perfectly fine otherwise).
Now in 2020, I have been attempting to use Audacity on a 32G RAM, i7, top end mother-end and for this instance a same and stable, fully featured install of Arch.
I attempted to record off microphone and well as via 3.5 line input. I have always done this and it worked simply using system default audio and ALSA. Simple no problem.
Beyond testing the community and 2 other AUR packages from Arch, which of course should be the most current and offering stable versions for testing, I also just built from scratch Audacity.
Checking version : Audacity 2.4.0-alpha-Apr 21 2020
- NOTE The same problem here reflects in 4 different installs of 2.3.3!
I also just uninstalled all pulseaudio packages and modules for the heck of it, except for the ALSA-emulator to avoid any issues (I remember like 6 year ago there may have been potential clashes but not in 2020 - should not be any problem at all)
So regardless, pulseaudio has nothing to do with. And I also made sure to test and remove JACK and also to attempt to use ALSO, Pulse, and JACK.
The same problem persists, it cannot be a system audio issue (and again I have YEARS or weekly use, all the same), nor a true latency issue!
I am pasting the build details for your reference.
File Format Support
libvorbis(Ogg Vorbis Import and Export)Enabled
libid3tag(ID3 tag support)Enabled
libflac(FLAC import and export)Enabled
QuickTime(Import via QuickTime)Disabled
gstreamer(Import via GStreamer)Disabled
libsoxr(Sample rate conversion)Enabled
PortAudio(Audio playback and recording)v19
wxWidgets(Cross-platform GUI library)3.0.4
Theme(Dark Theme Extras)Disabled
Audio Units(Plug-in support)Disabled
PortMixer(Sound card mixer support)Enabled
SoundTouch(Pitch and Tempo Change support)Enabled
SBSMS(Extreme Pitch and Tempo Change support)Enabled
Program build date:Apr 21 2020
Release build, 64 bits
Simple problem. Irregardless of audio devices or soundcards, or system or versions from 2.3.3 to this quick latest install (specs same in all and working prior last tested not too long ago with no changes to system otherwise.
Lastly, any healp appreciated. At this point I just have to say, especially noting some other issues quickly on boards, there’s a major problem now with Audacity and something has been massively screwed up.
If I get feedback sooner than later, I will test to and report back asap.