I’m using Audacity 2.3.0 in Windows 10 and my waveforms are absolutely miniscule. I’m using a Blue Snowball USB microphone to record spoken audio samples (no music) and the Waveforms are garbage. I have to zoom in to see any detail and they’re registering at about -0.15 to 0.15, yet when I play them back they sound really loud (Playback Volume set to 0.50). I’m recording in Mono, 44100 Hz, 16-bit PCM (32-bit float makes no difference, either). I have tried/checked the following:
- I realize you need to be REALLY close to this particular microphone to get good, clear sound quality. I’m as close as I can get.
- I have the correct microphone selected in Audacity
- The Recording Volume/Gain is at 100% in Audacity
- My Blue Snowball mic is set as my default mic in Windows. Recording Volume is at 100% in my Windows sound settings
I don’t know what else to do. I’m not a techie, I have no idea what kind of sound card I have (or if that even matters in this instance).