I’m trying to edit an MP3 file, but when I press the Audacity “Play” button (green triangle) no sound comes out of my speakers. But If I play the same file on the same computer with Winamp, I can hear it just fine.
Here’s what the Audacity window looks like when the file is playing:
Could someone spot the setting that I need to correct so I can hear the sound?
I see you’re also using Stereo Mix next to the microphone picture. That’s the setting for recording YouTube audio or other internet sound. That can create odd sound pathways and cause you to record too much sound.
“Stereo Mix” is also called “Everything Playing on the Computer.” What that does is establishes a link between the speaker system and the recording system.
Normally there is no link between YouTube music and Audacity recording.
Your browser plays sound to your speakers and Stereo Mix turns it around at the last second and sends it back down the recording pathway so Audacity can get to it. A common complaint is to either have to speakers too loud or a good recording…not both. Another common problem is recording an Adele song and have your dog barking in the background.
If you’re not actively engaged in on-line recording, I suspect Sound Mapper should be OK. I believe there’s another, more well-behaved way to handle self-recording.