I have a Dell Inspiron laptop. When I use an external microphone, via USB port, I get static and it records the tracks already recorded even thought I’m using headphones. It only seems to record OK when using microphone array which is the computer’s internal microphone. What am I doing wrong?

Make sure you have selected the USB mic as your recording source. See [u]this page[/u].

Hi - I’ve had a look and that isn’t a choice - the only ones are microphone array, microsoft sound mapper and stereo mix.

Which microphone?

Make sure the microphone is plugged all the way in and if it has any lights, they came on. Restart Audacity. Audacity looks for new microphones when it starts. If the microphone didn’t arrive after that, then there is no microphone. Go into the Windows Control Panels and see if you can find the microphone. Audacity only gets the microphone after Windows finds it.