Always 8ms silence 3.666s into recording

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Always 8ms silence 3.666s into recording

Post by tsreyb » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:32 pm

Using Audacity 2.2.1 on Windows 7, I *always* get an exactly 8ms silence starting 3.666 sec into the recording. This is using WASAPI (haven't tried other recording methods). It isn't an extra 8ms silence inserted, but rather 8ms of lost data. It is completely reproducible (for me).

I have observed this behavior in several different Audacity versions as well as multiple computers (all on Windows 7). So this isn't new to Aud. 2.2.1.

A workaround is to start the sound I'm trying to capture after the first 3.666 seconds of recording starts (which isn't a valid workaround if I'm doing sound-activated recording). Nevertheless, seems like an oddity that might be worth investigating.

Is this a known issue? Couldn't find anything in the forums about this. I can provide more details/screen shot if need be.

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Re: Always 8ms silence 3.666s into recording

Post by kozikowski » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:23 am

Audacity is something of a slave to what the computer is doing. Audacity doesn't talk directly to the device or service. The down side of this is your show gets filtered through all the existing drivers, plugins and services.

What are you recording? What's running at the same time as your recording? Skype, Games, Chat? No, I've never heard of an error quite that exact before.

Can you change it? Make it either better or worse? Once you can affect it in any way, that will give us a hint which direction to go.

Audacity is not recommended for recording games or Skype/chat. Audacity can't deal with multiple sound services and processes at the same time.


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Re: Always 8ms silence 3.666s into recording

Post by Trebor » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:16 am

a similar problem.

Try changing the Audacity sample rate from 44100Hz to 48000Hz before you start recording.

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