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Windows 7: Stereo Mix Distortion (Win7x64 HT Striker 7.1)

06 Apr 2011   #1
ThatEnglishDude

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Stereo Mix Distortion (Win7x64 HT Striker 7.1)

Hey Seven forums,

So I finally got the infamous Stereo Mix to work. Well, sorta. I have an issue whereby my spoken voice will be clear, yet the computer sounds are really...scratchy and distorted. As if it's being played too loud (yet it's volume is fine - without the scratching of course)

The odd thing is, I'll do a test record and it will be fine. I won't touch NOTHING, do another test and the problem will return. I have tried setting my playback volume and recording volume of the stereo mix to 60%, as with FME (Flash Media Encoder) recording volume. Turning it any lower just makes both my voice, and the computer too quiet to distinguish.

Using the latest drivers on a HT Striker 7.1 Sound Card.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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06 Apr 2011   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

I have a Striker 7.1 sound card.

Have you tried setting the microphone recording level, instead of the Stereo Mix recording level? Also, have you tried using the Windows Sound Recorder rather than whatever you are using?

Is the recorded mic voice the ONLY playback problem?
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06 Apr 2011   #3
ThatEnglishDude

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thank you for your response,

I've tried what you suggested but it makes no difference. Any other suggestions?
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06 Apr 2011   #4
ThatEnglishDude

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Here's an example of what I mean. Note how it's scratchy. The actual sound of the music is fine otherwise.


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06 Apr 2011   #5
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Yes, it sounds distorted and overdriven. If you play a commercial music CD or some other music, not generated on your PC is it OK or is it distorted too?

I have a home recording studio using Sonar (X1). If I record something too high and it distorts and clips it will sound like what you have.

One other thought, have you disabled the on board Realtek integrated audio? Make sure it's disabled in the BIOS or it can conflict and even cause the problem you are hearing. I worked with a user on the Dell Users Forum that was getting distortion with a newly installed SoundBlaster sound card and it turned out the user had not disabled the integrated audio and as soon as he did the distortion problem went away.
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06 Apr 2011   #6
ThatEnglishDude

Windows 7 x64
 
 

When I do a sample of my voice (or anything being recorded through the physical microphone) it sounds perfect. So I guess it's to do with audio volume levels.

I've messed with these volume settings and nothing seems to make a difference. Lowering the volume just makes everything quiet, and the static is still there. Any other ideas? What makes it frustrating is that FRAPS performs this same operation seamlessly and with no problem whatsoever. I don't even need to enable stereo mix.

I've even tried unmuting the microphone slider on the first image, but it changes nothing and if anything - makes it worse. I've even tried setting everything to the same volume - but nothing.

I made another discovery. Since reinstalling the HT drivers yesterday - Even if I disable stereo mix, I have a strange issue whereby I'll be playing music, then if my Skype program bleeps from receiving a new message, or any other sound comes through - my music will mute, and after the sound byte from the program has ended, the music will return but in lower volume, without me changing anything.


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06 Apr 2011   #7
ThatEnglishDude

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Maybe something in the Xear3D settings is causing it. (Btw I turned off Azalia audio in BIOS and some of the unavailable playback devices are no longer showing - which is good. But it still does the distort effect, so...it's not good)

So as you can see on this clip - http://www.justin.tv/madoverdose/b/283144743 it works fine

Then I tried streaming with a friend watching and the song I played sounded really static like. It's so frustrating. I'll do say 3 tests and it will work flawlessly, then the fourth time (or even fifth) it will just randomly decide to not work again.


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07 Apr 2011   #8
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

You have only been referencing microphone recording and the problem. As I asked previously, what happens when you play a commercial music CD? or some other known good audio file? Do you get the noise or distortion on that?
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07 Apr 2011   #9
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Update, I looked at my Striker control panel. I do not have any DSP Effect. DTS is not shown in my DSP Mode block.
I am not using any Effects.
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07 Apr 2011   #10
ThatEnglishDude

Windows 7 x64
 
 

The sound distorts from anything coming from the PC. Not just music. It just happens really sporadically. As for the Striker options, everything is now disabled but no luck still. Could you post your (presumably working) screenshots for the control panel.
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