Need Help Recording

Hi all. I’m recording using Audacity 2.0.5 on Windows 8. Up until now everything was fine, but now when using my Focusrite 2i2 the recording cursor is stuck and just won’t move. It just blinks. It works fine using the computer’s internal mic, just not the external mic and interface. I haven’t changed any of my setting. I have tried shutting down, rebooting, re-installing Audacity, checked to make sure that the settings that should be off are indeed off, checked that the 2i2 drivers are current (they are), all to no avail. Can someone help me? Thanks very much.

Deb C.

That could be a damaged bitstream from the Focusrite. Do have another USB cable? Unplug and replug the one you have – both ends – and restart Audacity. Do you get the Focusrite lights?

There’s no shortage of driver trouble with the Focusrite. Uninstall the driver and install a fresh download. Restart the machine after you uninstall the old driver.


Thank you Koz. I’ll try the uninstall tonight after work. I was thinking about uninstalling the driver and re-installing it, but wanted to ask for advice first. I don’t have another USB cable that would fit the Focusrite, but when it is plugged into the computer the lights do come on. Both the mic and the headphones themselves work, just not in conjunction with recording on Audacity.


The sound connections and the connections that run the lights are different, so you can have one without the other. Unplug and replug both ends of the cable to make sure they’re secure. Then restart Audacity.

In addition to reinstalling the driver. We go for those almost immediately when people start having crash or “evil wizard” symptoms. Drivers are the connection between the sound device and the insides of Windows, so any misbehavior can have very serious repercussions.

That and Audacity is a complete slave to whatever Windows is doing, so a partially insane Windows is not a good thing.


Thanks Koz, I didn’t know that about the connections you mentioned here.


Hi guys,

If this problem is still persisting, perhaps you get in touch with myself and some colleagues regarding technical support? This sounds like quite an unusual issue. However, I can assure you that our drivers have been bench tested and are fully functional on Windows 8.

Hopefully hear from you soon (if the problem still exists of course!)

Miles//FF Technical Support

'Bad drivers" almost always follow a major OS upgrade. Once everything settles problems usually go away. Outdated drivers are a constant problem. The device, the drivers and the OS have to match – and all depend on a stable system with no competition between programs. I’m looking at you Skype.

I hope Lady posts back if she finds the problem.