I have a puzzling and frustrating situation I cannot resolve.
Today, I installed 2.0.2. I am running Windows XP Professional on a Dell Vostro 1510.
Now when I record voice, the waveform is very small–looks to be somewhere within +0.025 and -0.025. The input volume control in Audacity is at 0.9, as is the microphone volume control for the computer.
When I activate “Start Monitoring” the level never gets above -24.
Playback of the files is audible, but I can’t figure out why the waveform is so small, or why I can’t get more gain.
I found under Sounds and Audio Devices/Audio/Sound Recording/Advanced (Advanced Controls for Mic Volume) a click box for “1 Microphone Boost.” I unclicked it, and couldn’t drive better than -36 on the mic monitoring meter. The waveform was even smaller, and the audio fainter. So I opened it again, clicked the box and the mic monitoring meter returned to about -24 at peak, with the tiny waveform.
These microphones are insanely directional. See if you’re not talking into the back side of the microphone – which will try to reject you. Feel around inside the little foam ball and see if the microphone isn’t turned around.
I HAD THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM. at the top left click on edit and then down to preferences and then just try different mic settings. it worked for me!!! u have to do it when ur not recording. oh and by the way i dont know how it happened. i was just playing around with my speaker connections to get rid of static