Playback volume

Hello audacity team I’m having issues with the playback volume. I am using Windows 8.1 and audacity 2.4.2 . I have an HP laptop model # 15-p030nr. When I adjust the playback volume down after recording multiple tracks the meter completely drops out and the only way to see the meter to make adjustments to tracks is keep it at its max position. Every time I try to bring down the playback volume down even a little its drops out completely . I have never had this problem before until recently . I’ve tried making adjustments to my laptop and no results. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I’ve spent hours trying to resolve this .

Are you talking about the [u]main playback volume[/u] or the track volume (to the left of the waveform or in the Mixer view)?

I’m running 3.1.3 and the main playback volume doesn’t affect the playback meter at all.

When I stretch & drag the meter I can see a marking at -54dB.

…And do you really NEED the meter? Digital levels aren’t critical as long as you avoid clipping and mixing is normally done by-ear. (Mixing is summation so you do have be-careful of clipping.)

And when you’re done mixing you can export the stereo mix, re-open the mix and Normalize or Amplify as a separate “mastering step”. You don’t need meters for that. And if you export as floating-point you can go over 0dB so you don’t have to worry about clipping. But your final-production shouldn’t go over 0dB so you should still import the mix and adjust the levels.