On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 2:25 AM, Gale Andrews <gale@audacityteam.org> wrote:

For sure it would have to be release noted if not fixed.  It's bad for
VI users, perhaps not a complete disaster for sighted users. Only
more savvy users will change from the default MME host (except
by accident).

In the manual, direct sound is recommended over mme for lower latency on windows xp, and in my jaws guide I have a similar recommendation based on this, so there may well be some vi users users direct sound. 

When Mixer Toolbar input slider is disabled, NVDA omits reading
it and TABs straight from output slider to Edit Toolbar.

Is there any way the input slider tooltip that says "(Unavailable;
use system mixer)" could be made to read out? Or does JAWS read

Alas, no. If a control is unavailable, then it doesn't appear in the tab order. In addition, screen readers normally have reading tool- tips off by default, as it makes things too noisy.

If this bug can't be fixed before 2.0.3, better alternative might include:
1. Removing the direct sound option completely.
2. Removing the patches for higher sampling rates, if this is what has caused the problem.