Audacity Error Message


Continuing the discussion from Creating Audio with Audacity:

I installed Audacity and LAME with no problem. However, when I tried to record, I received an error message: “Error while opening sound device. Please check the recording device settings and the project sample rate.” I’m going through the troubleshooting guide and FAQs at to try to resolve this on my own, but I welcome any suggestions anyone can offer.

Did anyone else encounter this message?


You don’t mention what OS you’re using, which might help someone diagnose your problem. Problems like that typically happen when some other program is using the sound device. It may have to do with something more complex, however:

Google: audacity “Error while opening sound device”

And see:


I was using Windows 10. For the sake of expediency, I switched to a different computer with Windows 8 and Audacity has worked perfectly there.


That’s one way to solve it! The FAQ I linked to might help, but that might be a horse you don’t want to beat.