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athegn
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Stuck on tools

Post by athegn » Mon May 10, 2021 3:15 pm

I am stuck with Audacity in that I pressed the Draw tool by mistake. Now I can use one the these tools i.e. when I press the Record button nothing happens.

What have I done wrong? How can I unselect these tools?

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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by steve » Mon May 10, 2021 3:27 pm

The "F1" key should switch you back to the normal "Selection Tool" (https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tools_toolbar.html)
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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by athegn » Mon May 10, 2021 3:53 pm

That does not work for me. The tool is still activated I.e. the button is highlighted and when I press the record button I get two red triangles showing over the recording display.

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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by athegn » Mon May 10, 2021 4:28 pm

This is a screen shot. Record does not work and select tool activated.
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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by waxcylinder » Mon May 10, 2021 4:42 pm

WASAPI input (the host you have selected) on records when it is actually receiving a live signal.

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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by athegn » Mon May 10, 2021 4:56 pm

I am trying to record a stream from Chrome on Windows 10.

Is this my problem. I thought I had to use WASAPI and Speakers (USB Audio) Loopback - these are my USB external speakers. I am hoping to use the external speakers so that I can capture the stream but turn the speaker knob to zero so I don't get the sound whilst recording.

Any advice please?

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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by steve » Tue May 11, 2021 8:29 am

athegn wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 4:56 pm
I am trying to record a stream from Chrome on Windows 10.
Ensure that Chrome is playing through the USB speakers.
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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by athegn » Wed May 12, 2021 9:48 am

Yes Chrome is playing through the external speakers.

But still stuck. You can see from the image I posted that when I press record I get two red triangles over the waveform area. I do not get any moving waveform showing that recording is taking place, whether or not I have the stream playing in Chrome.

There must be something stopping Audacity from recording?

Any advice please?

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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by steve » Wed May 12, 2021 6:56 pm

Does normal recording work? (for example, from a microphone?)
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Re: Stuck on tools

Post by athegn » Fri May 14, 2021 4:56 pm

Tried recording from mic; worked so back to BBC SOUNDS now works and can turn down external speakers whilst recording. Whether leaving laptop off for two days, club walking again :-), made any difference don't know.

But anyway thanks for the help.

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