wave form cut off, not showing clipping

I recently upgraded to Audacity 2.1. I notice now when I record, the wave form is chopped off at -1.1 amplification. It just chops off the top of the wave, and therefore I don’t know if I am clipping. I want to be able to see when I am clipping and fix it. Does anyone know if I have inadvertently changed a setting or if there is some new feature in Audacity 2.1 that will not permit the recording to hit the top of the wave form? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Audacity 2.1 is a bogus version. You can get Audacity 2.1.0 from here.


Which Windows do you have? What are you recording and how do you have it connected?

If your system is whacking off the tops and bottoms of the blue waves, you are clipping whether not not Audacity says so.


That indicates that the audio is being clipped before it gets to Audacity.
What are you recording?

Actually I do have Audacity 2.1.0, and I am using Windows 7. I am recording voice through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface, but I have been using this interface (with the same microphone) for over a year and did not have this issue until just now – after updating to Audacity 2.1.0 – and I did not change any settings that I am aware of. I want to be able to fill the full range of the sound in Audacity and not clip it off at less than the full range. Thanks again to all who can help. It is probably something simple that I just can’t see.

Thanks. Problem solved! I am using Audacity 2.1.0 on Windows 7. I use a Scarlett 2i2 interface. Your comment that the audio is being limited prior to Audacity got me to check the settings on the input device in the Windows control panel. Sure enough, somehow, it got turned down. Once I turned it up to 100%, everything is back to normal again and filling the full wave window. Thanks for your help!!