I am new to audacity, can someone help me? I use an external mic for input and a laptop speaker for audio playback, I can record the voice but I hear nothing on the playback, However, I can hear playback if I unplug the mic. it happens in both win 10 and win 11
in the preference, I have chosen external mic and internal speaker for playback
It’s annoying that I have to unplug the external mic every time to verify that the voice is good enough for further processing.
What I suspect is happening is that the OS (or even the hardware) is disabling the internal speaker when the mic is plugged in, maybe because it thinks the port is a combined mic/speaker port.
Does the same thing affect other apps playback, or is it only Audacity?
What kind of mic and what port is it - USB? 3.5mm?
Or, if it’s a USB mic sometimes Windows will choose the “new” USB audio device as the default recording AND playback device, even if it doesn’t actually work for output/playback. You can change it in the Windows settings.
In the latter case, Doug, wouldn’t it appear as a different device? And if Audacity is set to use a specific device it shouldn’t be affected? The (ancient) technology of diverting the main speaker used to appear as the same device, so Audacity wouldn’t be able to get around it.