Recording in Audacity causes distortion
September 17, 2013 4:59 AM Subscribe
I'm in the middle of a project creating educational podcasts to be distributed as part of a digital curriculum. Halfway through the project, literally in the middle of a podcast, my audio quality went from being ok (or at least comparable to other recordings that the company has) to sounding like I'm recording things underwater. I'm using Audacity on Windows 8, and haven't touched the settings of either--any suggestions would be helpful!
posted by MeghanC to computers & internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
(mp3, tiny) is an example of what's happened. The first three seconds are what it should sound like. Then I paused, and took a drink, and hit record--and got the next five seconds. I didn't, to the best of my knowledge, change anything, and no amount of microphone adjusting makes a difference.
My Audacity settings look like this
, which I believe is the default for the program. I even went so far as to uninstall the program and reinstall it, hoping that doing so would magically reset things.
These lessons were on a tight timeline to start with--there are about forty twenty-minute podcasts that my partner and I were meant to get done within about a week--and I'm freaking out a little bit about losing time. Help!