I have just noticed that when I start recording a new file, something has changed.
Before, it went all the way to 1.0. Now, it defaults to 0.5. How do I change this? My mp3s are really quiet now. I can normalize, but it’s still not the same as before and besides normalization enhances noise where it was undetectable before.
Sorry, I’m not a technical user, I just taught myself the basic features of Audacity to make mp3 recordings of children’s books. Help!
Ah, OK, multi-tool. That’s it. I changed it, thanks!
I have Skype installed though it isn’t running. Thanks for the tip on the recording control panel - everything was as it should be.
However I’m still getting very low levels from my microphone. When I use my laptop’s internal microphone, I get nice strong levels up to -6 or -12. When using my fancy external microphone, I can’t get above -36. When recording, it barely makes a bump on the graphic display. I thought it was the problem I reported, but apparently it’s not. Any ideas?
If the Audacity Mixer Toolbar input slider (on the right, here):
is not greyed out, try turning it up.
What version of Windows are you using? Go to the recording side of the Windows sound panels and look by the external mic slider for a boost or AGC button or checkbox - it may be behind an “Advanced” button.
What is the make and model number of the microphone? If it’s a non-powered mic it needs to connect to the pink mic port of the computer, so it gets appropriate amplification.