Thanks, I hadn’t thought of that - trying recording with another program. I just was baffled as it recorded loudly and clearly multiple times and in the same session of recording not long after those clear recordings it started to record with a static background. I couldn’t work out what changed. I tried again today, still a faint static, I can’t record as loudly* though. Lower volume = lower static.
As per your suggestion, I tested recording using a different app, the existing sound recorder (Voice Recorder App) on my laptop, there is no static in the background when I record through it, using the laptop microphone - it records clearly. I also tested through PowerPoint and noticed a faint static, this program doesn’t allow the sound to be very loud, which makes the static not so noticeable, but it’s still there.
*Anki appears to have the volume of recording adjusted recently, as I can’t record as loudly as the last clear recordings (I tried, with my volume maxed and there’s an obvious difference in volume between new recordings and past). This does present a solution to the problem, lower volume = lower static. However this means that my previous beautifully clear recordings are much louder then today’s new recordings and inconsistent volume creates a “shouting” effect between cards.
I just checked an older deck I created with sound recordings, to see if I could hear static, I had created it on a different laptop and with an older version of Anki. And I was surprised to hear a faint static, which I hadn’t noticed before. This hadn’t affected the usefulness of the deck. I’d guess that the static was always there, but just as in the PowerPoint program it wasn’t noticeable because the volume was set low. This does show that a little static, faint, doesn’t matter for personal use. Not worth investigating. And like you said previously, perhaps this too was a hardware issue. It is hard to determine now.
Despite all this, I can’t understand how I got the loud and clear recordings, using the laptop mic in the latest Anki version. And I wish I could recreate them. So, perhaps it’s a hardware problem yet I recorded clearly using the laptop mic in the Voice recorder app on my laptop or perhaps it’s another issue. Nonetheless, it probably is not worth anymore time, for something that is to be just for personal use and free.
Thanks again for your reply. It gave me another thing to try. I’m not a computer person. I just notice details, a ‘detail’ person. I will make the most of the new deck I created as is; big picture - the cards do work. AND lower volume = faint static, is a solution. And I think the Anki program is a fantastic program.