So I have a relatively nice microphone (Blue Spark SL Large-Diaphragm Condenser) and when I have audio playback through my audio interface (M-Audio Fast Track Pro), it sounds crystal clear normally. There’s no background static, volume is perfect. When I go to record in Audacity, there is only static when I am speaking and my words are muffled, no static or background noise inbetween my words. I noticed it’s more noticeable when I’m quiet and less when I’m louder. I tried reinstalling Audacity and the problem continued. I tried changing ports on my interface and it didn’t work. I tried changing the levels and it hasn’t worked. Any ideas of what could be going on?
Make sure [u]Windows “Enhancements”[/u] are turned-off. (Audacity won’t mess with the digital audio stream while recording, but Windows can.)
If that’s not it, make sure you’ve selected the correct USB [u]Recording Device[/u]. (You shouldn’t be using “Loopback” or “Stereo Mix”, or the mic built-into your laptop.)
When I go to record in Audacity, there is only static when I am speaking and my words are muffled, no static or background noise inbetween my words.
Which sounds exactly like you’re recording your laptop built-in microphone. Check the listing next to the microphone symbol in the Audacity upper menu bar. That should be a “real thing” like a microphone or interface and not a “fake thing” such as a software device or data re-routing app. See: DVDdoug.
If you unplug your interface and restart Audacity, that listing should vanish or change to something else. If it doesn’t change, then your audio source isn’t what you unplugged.