Recording a track does nothing, as nothing gets recorded?!

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Recording a track does nothing, as nothing gets recorded?!

Permanent link to this post Posted by Rath Darkblade » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:17 am

Hi again,

I'm not sure what's going on. Yesterday, I connected my microphone to my computer and tried recording a track; unfortunately, nothing seems to get recorded! I tried singing, I tried speaking - nada. *shrug* This is very weird, especially as I've recorded with Audacity before with no trouble.

At first, I thought there was something wrong with my microphone (a Rode NT-USB), because although I tried connecting it to several USB ports, nothing was being recorded and I couldn't see any power going to the microphone. However, tonight I tried connecting it and I saw it powering on - but, again, nothing gets recorded, not even the background noises (cars outside, etc.) that I normally have to deal with.

Here are some specs:

1. My version of Audacity is 2.1.1;
2. I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1;
3. I'm not getting an error message (though it would be a heck of a lot easier if I was).

I've also uploaded a screenshot (please find it attached below).
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Does anyone have any ideas? I've never experienced anything like this, and it's driving me crazy. :( Thank you!
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Re: Recording a track does nothing, as nothing gets recorded

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:10 am

Rath Darkblade wrote: I tried singing, I tried speaking - nada

To record from a microphone, select the microphone as the recording input in the device toolbar.
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Re: Recording a track does nothing, as nothing gets recorded

Permanent link to this post Posted by Rath Darkblade » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:32 pm

Whoops. *blush* It's so obvious... thanks, Steve. Sorry to ask such an silly, elementary question! *tries it*

Hmm, well, that was strange (and rather embarrassing). I tried plugging the microphone into USB port #2, but it still didn't show up in the device toolbar (see below):

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However, when I removed it and plugged it into USB port #1, it worked just fine:

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Just as a test, I unplugged it again and re-plugged it into USB port #2 - and it worked fine (again). *shrug*

Any idea why a USB port (which has always worked fine) should stop working, and then - just 30 seconds later - would work fine again? *puzzled* (I'm sure that if it was a WW2-era airplane, the answer would be "Gremlins did it!") :)

Well, never mind. Thank you for answering my simple question. I guess I last used Audacity so long ago that I forgot about this. *blush*
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