In this guide I will show you how to fix your microphone not working in Audacity. For me my blue yeti microphone was not working. I got the error, “error while opening sound device. Please check the recording device settings and the project sample rate.” This problem comes from one of the newer features in Windows 10 and is easy to resolve.
The first thing you need to do is click on the start button and then go to
Privacy settings. I like to use the search feature to make this easy.
Once the privacy settings show up you will click on the
Microphone option on the left-hand side.
Next you’ll scroll down to where it says
Allow desktop apps to access your microphone. If you see that the toggle is off, this is most likely your problem. Simply move the toggle to the on position by clicking on it.
As you can see below the toggle is now in the on position. You can also see information about some of the last apps to use your microphone.
Now if we go back to the audacity program and try to record audio. You should see that it is now working.
As you can see it was easy to resolve “error while opening sound device”. This will get your microphone working in audacity on windows 10. My blue yeti microphone not working, was a symptom of the overall operating system security settings. If you’ve experienced something similar please drop a comment below to get the conversation started.
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