I knew I could do it. found many references to this audio problem on google and all the fixes are worthless sheet by know-it-alls. I came across two references to a program called malwarebytes and that told me I was on to something so downloadeed and installed the free 16-day premium trial version and the threat scan came up with 26 suspects that my main anti-virus software missed.
upon removal the problem seems to have disappeared. now I can record again.
I'm glad you got the help you needed. Now let's talk about that shrink...