Troubleshooting Help

I am a new user.

Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen Audio Interface
Samson C01 Condenser Microphone
Mac Computer


Problem - getting error message “Error opening recording device. Error code: -9997 Invalid sample rate”

My preferences for Audacity seem to be on 48k which is the same for my Scarlett settings.

Any recommendations for a new user to clear this hurdle?


So while we are waiting for our Mac experts to show up, see here for ideas to ponder:

Does audacity have permission to use your microphone ?

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Which version? Audacity (upper left) > About.

Does audacity have permission to use your microphone ?

This is the Sierra OS. It didn’t ask for permissions. I’m running High Sierra (later) and it doesn’t.

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Mac Computer

Which Mac and how old?


Audacity 2.4.2

Which MAC? IMAC 21.5 inch late 2012 running Catalina OS

Where do I check if audacity has permission to use the microphone?


for Catalina, see here: