Not a peep

I just got Audacity and am trying to figure out how to get it started. The manual is hard to understand.

My rig: Shure 58 mic > Focusrite Clarett 8pre USB > MacBook Pro Monterey > Audacity 3.0.4

The inputs line on the screen says: Core Audio / Clarett 8pre USB/ 1 Mono recording channel / Clarett 8pre USB

When I hit the Record and Play buttons and use the mic, it doesn’t record. Flatline.

What am I missing?


The current version is 3.1.3 which I would recommend. You can download it from here:

Make sure you do Transport > Rescan Audio Devices after you plug in the Focusrite.

Thanks. Will do. I’ll let you know if I have any luck.

Mac: 12.2.1 / Audacity: 3.0.4 / Focusrite Clarett 8pre USB

No, no luck. I:

  • connected the mic.
  • turned on the interface.
  • connected it.
  • selected Rescan Audio Devices.
  • hit the red Record button.
  • got a flat waveform.

My screen looks like this:
Sometimes when I hit the Record button I get this message:
error note.png


Have you given Audacity permission to access the audio device? (See: Why do I get a flat line and no sound when I record on Mac?)

Thanks, Steve. It worked!

I did it once before, but maybe I’ll have to do it every time I open. We’ll see.