Hi, I’m using Audacity 2.0.(whatever was latest May/June 2012) on Windows Xp Home.
When i try now to import mp3 or wav files, either by using import in the file menu, by clicking and dragging or just ‘open’ Audacity appears to perform my request as normal, taking the appropriate amount of seconds or minutes, with NO error message, a new project is created as normal with the stero tracks within, all text data in tact but with only one thing missing, there is no waveform, just the horizontal line!
These files have been imported before and some of which are stereo mixes of multitrack projects (which i have kept for future editing if needed so aren’t lost) but it seems i can now only work on existing projects, I don’t want to mix my multitracks down to stereo permanently but make exported copies occasionally to listen on my car speakers and maybe compress/limit/eq etc stereo files, now I can never re import them back into Audacity. These files play fine on othe media players ie. wmp and vlc and my mobile phone, which suggests there is music therein?
Another problem is I used to be able to to copy and paste tracks of audio into new separate projects (to make sub-mixes or work on layered vocals alone for example) and now i have the same problem, all that pastes is a track with the track name and no waveform. It only seems i can ‘duplicate’ within the same project.
All of these things were possible up until yesterday, hopefully I’ve just accidentally clicked something I shouldn’t and theres an easy remedy, please help,
Thanks for the prompt response, I’m not home currently and using a work computer and will give as much detail as soon as I can but from memory everything is exactly as it should be but its as though the whole project has had its audio silenced, exactly as the example but a flat blue line which plays nothing and doesnt make the meters bounce. As for generating tone or adding your beep Steve I’m not sure, I will try later and respond with the results.
It might be worth pointing out my laptop is eight years old and I cleared out some temporary files in the hope it would run quicker though I’m sure all Audacity’s functions have been ok since I did this and before this problem.
Thanks for the advice, tried to generate tones import and and record new audo within one of these failed projects, and any audio created seems to vanish immediately. I pushed a jack in and out of the microphone socket to create clicks and a waveform appeared for about second and as quickly silenced itself and disappeared leaving the blue line, which suggests silenced audio.
I’ve tried resetting preferences using your link which made no difference unless I have to restart my laptop in which case it still may.
If i import to a new project no it doesn’t work and if I now try and add to this new failed project it doesn’t work.
Recording new music real time to a new project I’ve not tried recently, I’ll let you know. In short I cannot make NEW waveforms from material old or new, I can only work with (and within the confines of) the Audacity projects I had created before this fault.
tried to generate tones import and and record new audo within one of these failed projects, and any audio created seems to vanish immediately.
I want to address this for a second. When you record something, the blue wave appear as you’re recording and then vanish when you press stop? How about pressing Pause instead of stop? When you generate tone, the blue waves appear for a split second and then vanish without you doing anything?
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Not necessarily when i press stop, It was just as an experiment pluggung a jack in the mic socket to creat a click while record was running and no sooner has it created a wave as it disappeared, almost simultaneously as I was recording, like someone was silencing the audio a split second behind. Simply put I cannot see or hear or create any brand new waveforms, be it via import or recording. The only new thing I can create is a new project, and silent tracks with the horizontal line.
All imports tried work on other software and equipment.
Hi I seem to have managed to fix the problem (for now). I tried the preference reset to no avail and couldn’t import the beep due to problems with my internet connection, did a system reset back to the time before I cleared out those files and it seemed to restore everything back to the way it was,