I am using Windows 10 Pro and Audacity 2.1.3.
I am recording a script for a YouTube video. Basically I’m just reading from a plaintext file while recording with my Samson Meteor mic. It’s a real ghetto setup, as I don’t have a stand for it yet. I just set it on its little tripod thingy on my laptop as I read from my screen.
Anyway, I managed to successfully record around 25 minutes of audio and everything appeared to be fine. The waveforms showed up as normal and I could play back normally. Then I sampled around eight seconds of noise from the start of the recording, which included a mouse click and some breathing, and ran noise reduction on the entire recording. I changed the level of noise reduction upwards from the default until it sounded okay in the previews, to 28 dB, 14 Sensitivity, and 7 frequency smoothing. Then I ran it, it took a few minutes. Afterwards, it had reduced the noise, and I could still play the recording back, but the waveforms had disappeared entirely. I checked at every level of zoom, and they’re just…gone. Understandably, this makes it very difficult to try to edit the recording, since I have no visual frame of reference. I tried undoing the noise reduction - the operation completed successfully and I was able to undo/redo back and forth, but while the recording itself was fine, the waveforms did not return.
I’d appreciate it if anyone who has encountered this issue could give me some advice, as I am a novice not only at using audio recording software, but at using pretty much any professional-grade software at all. Thanks for your time.