No Spikes are being shown when I speak.

I’ve used Audacity for a couple of years now and I haven’t really had any problems with it in the most part. But recently I have gotten a new laptop and downloaded it and for some reason when I try to record my voice I don’t get the usual spikes that I see when I record normally.

Hopefully, you will see the image attached which will show you want I see when I hit record. As you can imagine that it quite annoying when trying to edit my voice and I cant see where things start and end with it. I’m using Audacity 2.3.2.

So I was wondering if anyone here can help me this, is it a setting issue? My current microphone is not amazing in any way but it shouldn’t be the reason this is happening should it?

Thanks a bunch
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My current microphone is not amazing in any way but it shouldn’t be the reason this is happening should it?

What is the microphone maker and model number?

Some microphones need the computer to act in a certain way and when it doesn’t, the microphone can seem to be failing. Some microphones have controls or switches that can be moved by accident.


Sorry about the long reply I honestly didnt think anyone would and i legit forgot about it and just gave up on trying to find an answer but my microphone is a Corsair Vengence 1500 USB gaming Headset.®-1500-Dolby-7-1-USB-Gaming-Headset-(EU)/p/CA-9011124-EU
This exact one from the Corsair website, I got mine second hand but it works perfectly fin.

You have an odd duck because the microphone didn’t fail. It just works funny. Those can be a challenge. There is a possibility that it’s not an Audacity problem at all. Audacity gets the sound from Windows, not the microphone.

This will be an adventure because I’m not a Windows elf.

Is there a speaker symbol lower right of the desktop? Right-Click and drill down to microphones. Select yours and the panel should deliver good sound and a bouncing sound meter.

It used to look like this.

If you don’t get a good bouncing meter (green in this case), then it’s between Windows and the microphone. Some of those control panels have volume controls and it’s not unusual for Windows to apply apps, corrections, filters and effects to a microphone. It could be dying anywhere in there.