I am a professional voice actor, so this sound issue is crippling my productivity.
The sound will periodically not function in one program but functions in the other. For example, the audio from a video in a browser plays fine, but when switching to Audacity, suddenly the sound doesn’t work in that program (happens in various programs that play audio) until I open Settings and then click on “Sounds” or seemingly arbitrarily click around in the Sounds panel.
I can record using Audacity, but every few minutes a word will be cut off by a fraction of a second, as if the microphone had turned off for a moment and no audio was captured (but there is no blank line on the waveform, it’s as if someone deleted 0.5 - 1 second or so of audio and did so every few minutes).
I have reinstalled Audacity through Snap.
I have reinstalled Audacity through the terminal.
The sound issue is not just with Audacity, as noted in the first observation.
I am not a tech savvy person. I’m not even a sound engineer, anymore than your typical movie actor is a trained cameraman. I say this to forewarn that it is doubtful that I will be able to follow any complex instructions for resolving this issue.
Shall I return to Ubuntu or is this a known issue with Fedora? Is there a way to fix it?