Recording Issue

Hi, I’ve been having some trouble recording my voice with Audacity. Every so often, the recording just freezes in place. The program itself doesn’t freeze, as I am able to stop the recording without a problem, but it simply stops recording what I’m saying.

I have Googled for solutions before and found advice on this forum telling people to use shift + shut down, after which the recording has sometimes worked, and sometimes not, so I don’t think that’s the solution. The computer’s memory isn’t full (or anywhere near), I don’t have any other programs running at the same time, and I’m using the same microphone that I always used prior to these issues.

Audacity version: 2.3.1
Windows version: Windows 10 Home, version 1903

I don’t know what other details might be needed, but can provide if you ask (and I know where to look!)

I had a similar problem, where Audacity had been recording flawlessly before. The sudden stops began after I had checked Software Playthrough of input in Preferences, under recording. I unchecked it and was again able to record without interruptions. (All other Recordings preferences remained unchecked.)

I was recording audio from a vinyl record through a USB analog-digital converter. Sound levels were set by the excellent Pavucontrol (PulseAudio Volume Control) tool.

Apparently putting the input through the headphones in order to monitor sound quality while recording is asking too much of a run-of-the-mill laptop system like mine. A minor inconvenience, but I can live with it.

Sudden unwanted recording stops were also discussed here:

Audacity 2.2.1 - Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa 64-bit - 7.7Gib - Intel i3-2350M @ 2.3GHz x4

In “Transport menu > Transport options”, check that “Sound activated recording” is NOT enabled.