How to solve the Audacity recording problem
- Install PulseAudio Volume Control by running the following in the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install pavucontrol
- Run Audacity and
- Go to Preferences by pressing Ctrl+P (or select “Edit” -> “Preferences…” from the drop-down menu).
- Click the “Devices” .
- Change the Playback device to “pulse“.
- Change the Recording device to “pulse“.
- Open PulseAudio Volume Control (“Applications” -> “Sound & Video” -> “PulseAudio Volume Control”) and leave it open.
The first time you use a recording program you need to to edit the recording settings of PulseAudio Volume Control. It should remember your settings after rebooting.
- Open Audacity and hit the “Record” button.
- While Audacity is recording, open PulseAudio Volume Control and select the “Recording” tab. It will show “Alsa plug-in Audacity. Alsa capture from” and a combo-box. Choose the “Monitor of internal audio…” if you use an internal sound card.Note: You need to select another monitor if you use any playback device other than an internal sound card. For example, when I play sound with Microsoft LifeChat headphones connected to my computer via USB, I select the “Monitor of Microsoft LifeChat Analogue Stereo” to capture from it with Alsa.
- Check Audacity, it should be recording now.