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Windows 7: Unable to record both stereo mix and microphone

28 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
Unable to record both stereo mix and microphone

All right, I'm trying to record both the stereo mix from my computer and sound from my headset's microphone at the same time. I'm using a headset with a headphone and a microphone plugging-in thing, but I only plug in the microphone one so the sound still comes out of my computer. I followed this tutorial from these forums:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kq4ym View Post
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 and have been working on this stereo mix problem for a few hours today. Here's the solution I've found using Windows 7 and the IDT High Definition Audio.

This should work for any Window 7 system having the seeming lack of a stereo mix capability.

1. Go to the Sound controls for recording devices (right click on the speaker icon)

2. Right click on Rec. Playback and enable it.

3. Right click on your microphone and enable it and set a a default device (mine is a Logitec Pro 9000 webcam microphone, and I've set it as the "default communication device"

Here's the secret part:

4.When you click on your microphone then click on the "properties" button, and then click on the "listen" tab, and then click on "listen to this device"

Make sure you disable the Microphone/Line in by right clicking on it. As far as I can tell you can not have this enabled. It should read "Currently disabled" if you are doing this correctly.

Now you can hear your mic through your headphones and hear music playing through the Rec. Playback at the same time, and you should be able to then record or use it with any program to simultaneously play/record microphone and music.
After doing steps 1-4 I can hear my voice through the speakers, but stereo mix will not record--I try to record anything and it records my microphone. Stereo Mix is set to default device and my microphone to Default Communications Device. Disabling my microphone lets stereo mix record, but my microphone does not. One thing about the tutorial that concerns me is the "microphone/line in" part, which, I have not seen anything that says microphone/line in so I do not know what that is about.

Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give me.

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28 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

I don't know about the Microphone/Line In. I don't have that. I do have a mic and if I plug in a mic, I will hear it in the PC speakers or if I plug something into the Line In I will also hear it on the PC speakers. I also have Stereo Mix which is set as the default recording device, and if I want to record either the Mic or Line In, I can select the Stereo Mix and I can record. This would go along with the info you got, except for the Microphone/Line In, which apparently is in the Dell laptop, except I do a lot of support on the Dell forum and don't recall ever seeing that on any Dell.
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28 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit

Oh whoops I updated my driver (after attempting to have it check for updates and say "whoops, 2009, that's totally up-to-date!") and it's working. At least, it's working in the way I originally intended to do it, which, is actually better for me.

Note to everybody ever: If you ever have a sound problem, update your driver. If the problem persists, probably... update it a couple more times just to be sure.
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