Loud Distorted Playback

I’m pretty new to Audacity, so please be patient with me and try to explain things as though talking to a total newbie.

I am trying to record an audio book using the following settings:

a. Windows WASAPI
b. Microphone: Speakers (Realtek (R) Audio) (loopback)
c. 2 (stereo) Recording Channels
d. (Realtek (R) Audio)

It is recording; however, when I listen to the playback, the recording has a loud, ‘chortling, warbling’ sound (hard to describe) that is impressed over the voice recording. The closest thing I can think of that resembles it is the sound of the giant ants in the old black & white movie “Them,” lol!

When I tried recording with (1) Mono Recording Channel, I got an error message, stating "Error opening recording device. Error code: -9996 Invalid Device…

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Make sure Software Playthrough is disabled.

That did it! Thanks for your help, Doug, I really appreciate your taking the time and trouble to give me a hand.

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