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Windows 7: Record System Audio

12 Apr 2012   #1
wkesi2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Record System Audio

I know this question has been pondered to death, but I haven't been able to find a solution, and it's really irritating me.

So, as the title states, I would like to be able to record the audio coming through my computer. The problem is I only have one audio jack, which is only line out (I use a USB microphone). I bought a headphone splitter and a 1/8" male to male audio cord to attempt to magically change it from line out to line in. Is there any possible way to do this? I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit on (don't kill me) a Macbook Pro. I didn't want to go to the mac forums because it's a windows problem. Thanks all for your help!


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12 Apr 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Can you run a cable from the line out to microphone in? I think I have heard that can work in some situations.
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12 Apr 2012   #3
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

if you want to record the sound running through the computer ,why dont you use a software to do so.

something like this would do...

Free Sound Recorder - Feature List: All Unique Features of Our Free Audio Recorder product

be advised the above software will install a toolbar in your browser despite having the option unchecked in the install process. uninstalling it in programs and features did not remove it either,
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12 Apr 2012   #4
wkesi2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

ignatzatsonic,
The problem with this solution is that I only have a line out port, no line in. Unless there's a 1.8" audio cord to usb cord or vice versa? I dunno.

boohbah,
I downloaded the program and tried it, but there's a problem there too. There's no option to record like "Stereo Mix" or "What you hear" or "Speakers" or whatever else it may be called. I'm not exactly sure why. Unless there's something I'm missing here.

Thanks both for your suggestions though!
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12 Apr 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wkesi2 View Post
ignatzatsonic,
The problem with this solution is that I only have a line out port, no line in. Unless there's a 1.8" audio cord to usb cord or vice versa? I dunno.
You don't need a line in.

You need a mic in. Do you have a mic in?

You should be able to find an adapter or cable that will connect the two. I'm not saying it will give you the capability you want, but I'd at least try it.
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12 Apr 2012   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
if you want to record the sound running through the computer ,why dont you use a software to do so.

something like this would do...

Free Sound Recorder - Feature List: All Unique Features of Our Free Audio Recorder product

be advised the above software will install a toolbar in your browser despite having the option unchecked in the install process. uninstalling it in programs and features did not remove it either,
Yikes! That's not good.

Audacity would be better--No catches.

If the OP's MbPro is the 13", it only has one port (jack) that can be tasked to input or output. But I'm not clear on what the OP is trying to record.
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12 Apr 2012   #7
wkesi2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Sorry ignatzatsonic, I misunderstood you there. I do have a mic in, so I'll try to find some way to connect the two like you suggested. I'll look around and see if I can find anything, and if nothing works I'll come back here and ask for more help, and if I find a solution, I'll come back here and post the solution!
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12 Apr 2012   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Forgot to mention: Windows 7 already has a free "Sound Recorder" built in. It's in Accessories. You do need a microphone connected to use it.
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12 Apr 2012   #9
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Weather or not this feature exists is basically up to the hardware and driver. You still need software to do the recording which as carwiz said, Audacity would be good for. But not all sound cards (and mostly built in sound cards) support this feature.

You may have to look into getting a better sound card to enable this functionality. :/ Though I don't know which ones do or don't support it other than any quality sound production card should (Like something from MAudio). I have a Delta44 and it definitely does.

If Audacity doesn't have a record mixer or record monitor (or even "record monitor mixer") open enabled on your machine then your card/driver may just not support the option (Though the feedback though mic or line-in /may/ still work, in a lot of hardware, that is purposely not supported)
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12 Apr 2012   #10
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Forgot to mention: Windows 7 already has a free "Sound Recorder" built in. It's in Accessories. You do need a microphone connected to use it.
Does that recorder record more than about 10 minutes these days? It had an insanely short time limit in XP I remember...
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