Need to monitor recording with Headphones

I have been trying without any luck to hear myself in headphones while recording with Audacity.

Also, the volume on playback is extremely low in the headphones.

I am using a USB vocal mic with a headphone jack in the microphone.

What am I doing wrong? Any help is appreciated.

For starters it’s good to have makes and model numbers.


It’s also good to have version of Windows and version of Audacity (all three numbers). Please see the pink panel at the top of this page.

To begin with, open Device Toolbar . Select the headphones for playback and the USB mic for recording.

To hear yourself you need to enable Transport > Software Playthrough, but you probably won’t like the latency while the computer gets around to sending your recording over to the headphones. See Why can’t I hear what I’m recording? .