Audacity Audio Problem on MacOS Catalina

Audacity Audio Problem on MacOS Catalina

January 23, 2020 73 By Kailee Schamberger


– Hey Siri. – [Siri] Mm hmm? – Show me a really good photograph. (phone chimes) – [Siri] I couldn’t any
matches in your photos library. (upbeat music) – Hi everyone, welcome to Pal2Tech. Let’s get straight into it, shall we? If you record audio on a
program called Audacity and you have a Mac and
you’ve recently upgraded to the new macOS Catalina,
that’s the latest version, as of the date of the
recording of this video, Audacity will not work. It will not record at all. Let me show you the
problem and what happens. When you click record,
you just get flat lined. Nothing happens. And this has to do with
a permissions issue with the new Catalina software, which is really ironic,
because Catalina is now doing what Apple used to make fun
of Windows for doing back, I guess it was in the early
2000s with those constant permissions questions, like
do you allow access for this? So as of now Audacity has not
been updated to kind of work around this and it will not work. A lot of YouTubers use
Audacity, I use Audacity, and I have a Mac so here’s
how to fix the problem. First thing you wanna
do is close Audacity. Once you do that you wanna
open up your Terminal window. Now let me just say that,
you are fully responsible for whatever you do to your Mac. I will not take responsibility. Terminal is kind of a thing
you don’t wanna screw around with a whole lot, so be
careful with Terminal. You are using this at your own risk. That being said, here’s
how to fix the problem. Open up Terminal. The way I do it is I
press Command + space bar. Command + space bar
and I type in Terminal. Boom. Press enter and up it comes. Now you have a Terminal window. In that Terminal window you
need to paste a special line of text that I will have
in the description below. What you do Command + V, there’s the line of text and press return. This will work on a default
installation of Audacity for most people. Up comes Audacity. Now you have the keep
the Terminal window open. Don’t quit Terminal, because
if you quit Terminal, that will also quit Audacity. But Audacity is now
open and in Audacity now when you click on the
microphone it’ll ask you do you want to Allow Terminal
to access the microphone. You say yes I do. Click OK. Okay, so now let’s see
if it fixed the problem. I’m gonna go ahead and click on record, and one, two, three and
there I have my wave form. It’s now working. So once again to recap, to
get around this problem, until Audacity updates their software, whatcha need to do is open
up Terminal on the Mac, then paste that line of code
that I’ll have down below for you, and as long
as Terminal is running, even if it’s minimized,
as long as it’s running in the background and you’ve
granted permission to Terminal to access the microphone,
Audacity will work. I hope this video has
been helpful for you, and I’ll see you in the next video. So long. – [Siri] Hmm? – Hmm, what, no, answer normally. Okay. Hey Siri (laughs). Watch this, hey Siri. – [Siri] Hmm?