Static while Recording

Hello everyone, I hope I am in the right place for this. I am a beginning youtuber, who uses Audacity 2.0.5 to record commentary for games.
I purchased a brand new Blue Spark Digital Microphone a little while ago to use for the recording, and to record the actual footage, I use ArcSoft Total Media Extreme 2.
The microphone is plugged right into my laptop, no USB hubs, nothing. The laptop is older (Updated to Windows 7), but I only use it for recording video and voice, which it had no problems with before.

Now here is the issue. A little while ago, I was recording like normal, all of a sudden the audio waveform just went crazy with static. It completely ruined the recording, and since then, I have not been able to record with that particular setup without getting a horrible amount of static on the audio track. Now here’s the thing, I tried recording with no other programs running just to see if it was the microphone itself, and the recording went absolutely fine. I sat on my couch for over half an hour to see if the static would come back and it didn’t.

Is it possible that the program i’m using is conflicting with my microphone/audacity? Anyone have this problem happen to them?

If anyone has any suggestions I would be very appreciative.

Have you rebooted the computer since this problem started?

Try 44100 Hz or 48000 Hz project rate bottom left of Audacity.


I have restarted my laptop and changed the project rate, the static is still there.

Try another USB cable. Try another USB port.

Try turning all other applications off except ArcSoft and Audacity.

If you updated the ArcSoft app just before the problem started, consider downgrading.


Ok, so i have spent quite a long time trying everything i could think of, from trying different USB ports to uninstalling and re installing the software, to no avail.

And just for reference, here is a picture of the issue i am having:

Reinstalling Audacity does not change its settings unless you enable “Reset Preferences” half way through the installer.

Ask ArcSoft support if they know of any explanation.

Use another application to capture video. Fraps is not perfect but it should let you capture the audio and the video together.

Try performing System Restore back to a restore point before the problem started.

Back up your data and reinstall Windows 7. If you insert your Windows 7 DVD while Windows is running you should be able to reinstall Windows (“Upgrade”) while keeping your settings and programs.