Recoding a cassette, Audacity boosts the silences, producing hiss


I am trying to digitize some old cassette tapes of voice recordings. When people pause or take breath, Audacity cranks up the volume, producing a horrible shhhwissss. Why doesn’t it just record what it hears, instead of trying to boost these silences? Can anyone please tell me how to stop this?

Thank you,


It is possible that Windows is trying to enhance your recordings. Right-click on your speaker ICON near the lower right-hand corner of your screen, then select Open Sound Settings. Select your input device, then select Device Properties. Under Related Settings select Additional Device Properties. Select the Enhancements tab and make sure all of these are turned off.

Audacity doesn’t apply filters, effects, changes, or corrections when it records. Whatever Windows presents, that’s what goes into the file.