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Recording Audio Sample with Audacity


Check out USB with mic headset from library Circulation Desk. 

(No, your ratty earbuds aren't sufficient.) 

Rules and regulations: Must have your ID, 2 hour loan, must stay in library


Connect Headset to computer

Audacity seems to recognize the headset more reliably if connected prior to launching Audacity.


Open Audacity 

(on Earlham lab computers, ALL PROGRAMS >> AUDACITY).

Note: Audacity is available as a free download if you'd like to try it on your laptop. Some tinkering may be required:


Test Headset

Make sure it is recognized by Audacity. Press Record (red circle), and you should see audio waves bouncing up and down. Flat line = not recording sound.


  1. Make sure headset isn't Muted. (See pesky button on USB headset. Blinking = Muted.)
  2. Try a different USB port. Unplug USB, re-connect, and wait 10 seconds to see if it is recognized.
  3. Audacity seems to recognize the headset more reliably if connected prior to launching Audacity. Close Audacity, connect headset, and re-start Audacity.
  4. Check Device Toolbar at top of screen. It should show "Logitech USB Headset" for both input and output (see screenshot).



Press Red Circle button to Record. Press Pause or Stop to finish. To Delete, highlight and press Delete/Backspace.


Save your Recording

FILE >> SAVE PROJECT >> SAVE PROJECT AS.  Choose File name and where to save file [Desktop, USB, etc].


Analyze Recording

Drag down lower edge of recording box to make your audio wave taller (and easier to analyze). Change display at bottom to show "Length of Selection." Now you can highlight a section of recording to view length.






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