Mac 10.13.6: reinstall Audacity?

Hello. I’m having multiple problems with Audacity. Most of the time it fails to recognize my Scarlett 3rd gen. Solo, and when it does, it MIGHT record something with my voice (I’m a voice talent). Then if it does record–the recording stream looks tiny on the screen (both horizontally and vertically), and when I play it back–the output completes in 1.5 seconds…sounds like chipmunk gibberish. I also get this error code: “Error optning recording device. Error code: -9986 Internal PortAudio error.” No idea what that means.

So–do I need to trash this 2.4.2 version of Audacity and re-install it? (this is the re-installed version I’m attempting to use already).

p.s. I forgot to mention I’m using a 3rd gen. Focusrite Scarlett Solo and an older MacBook Pro w/IOS 10.13.6.

Re-installing Audacity will not help.

Let’s start at the beginning. Connect the Scarlet then go to Apple (menu) > System Preferences > Sound > Input. Do you see the Scarlet listed there? Is the connection reliable? When you talk into your microphone does the input level meter bounce? How high?

If everything looks OK there, open Audio MIDI Setup (it’s in your Utilities folder). Select the Scarlet input and set it to 16-bit and 44.1 kHz sample rate.

Start Audacity. Do Tools (menu) > Reset Configuration.

At the bottom left of the window in the Selection toolbar, set the Project Rate to 44100. Select the Scarlet as the Recording device in the Device toolbar.

Try to record something. What happens?

– Bill