Program is cutting out silence in recording

When I play back a speech I’ve recorded, it seems the program is cutting out the natural silence/breath between spoken phrases. What is that called on Audacity so I can adjust it or how can I fix it? Does this happed during recording or during playback? Thanks for any help.

Audacity 1.3 has a Preference called Smart Recording. You can turn that off. Restart Audacity.


Thank you for your suggestion, but I have searched and cannot find “Smart Recording” anywhere on my 1.3.11 beta verson of audacity. Maybe it’s called something else?

Possibly “sound activated recording” …
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Don’t tick the box I’ve coloured yellow.
If it is ticked Audacity will not record, (“cut out”), some of the silence between sounds when recording.