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Using Audacity Sound Recorder

Setting up Audio on Windows for use with Audacity


First test output (playback) Click on Generate > Tone, click OK: a 30-second tone will be generated into a new track. Press SpaceBar to begin playback - you should hear a loud tone coming from your computer speakers. You can use the output slider on the Mixer Toolbar to control the volume at which you listen to your Audacity project.

The playback meters in the Meter Toolbar do not change as you adjust the output slider: these meters always indicate the volume of the mix of your Audacity project.

If you do not hear any sound, click the pull down menu marked below, with the Speaker Icon. And try another option, then repeat playing back the test tone. Each computer will have different options here depending on the hardware installed.

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