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Windows 7: unable to record sounds my PC plays

26 May 2013   #1
dnldnl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
unable to record sounds my PC plays

I am trying to record the audio my PC is playing using audacity (or adobe audition), but it does not work. I have enabled stereo mix. I then setup audacity to record stereo mix, but it does not detect any sound.

I am able to capture my system sound when I record video with FRAPS while having "Record Win7 sound" box checked. So, I know there is no physical problem with my hardware.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you.


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26 May 2013   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/8.1/10 64 bit
 
 

You have "enabled" Stereo Mix. But, have you made Stereo Mix the "default" Recording Device? It has to be set as the default recording device.
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26 May 2013   #3
dnldnl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, I have it set as a default device, but unfortunately that does not change anything.
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27 May 2013   #4
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi dnldnl,
After recording, click file > export in Audacity the take your pick of the available formats. If you want it to be MP3, you need to install Lame for Audacity.
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27 May 2013   #5
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
Hi dnldnl,
After recording, click file > export in Audacity the take your pick of the available formats. If you want it to be MP3, you need to install Lame for Audacity.
But the OP's problem is he can't record.
dnldnl
Have you got a line in socket on your machine?
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27 May 2013   #6
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dnldnl View Post
I am trying to record the audio my PC is playing using audacity (or adobe audition), but it does not work. I have enabled stereo mix. I then setup audacity to record stereo mix, but it does not detect any sound.

I am able to capture my system sound when I record video with FRAPS while having "Record Win7 sound" box checked. So, I know there is no physical problem with my hardware.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Can you post an image of Audacity when music is playing & the record button has been clicked.
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27 May 2013   #7
dnldnl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
But the OP's problem is he can't record.
dnldnl
Have you got a line in socket on your machine?
Yes, I have 6 female audio jacks on my motherboard: blue, green, pink, orange, black, and silver. Looks like the blue one is the line in.

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Can you post an image of Audacity when music is playing & the record button has been clicked.
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Sure. Here are are some screenshots. I pressed the record button while playing an audio file, but Audacity does not detect any sound activity:

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28 May 2013   #8
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Right click computer, select Manage and open Device Manager. Open as in red box in my image, right click each entry except Realtek HDA and disable it. Now look in Sound settings to see how it looks compared to your images above.

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28 May 2013   #9
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dnldnl View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post

dnldnl
Have you got a line in socket on your machine?
Yes, I have 6 female audio jacks on my motherboard: blue, green, pink, orange, black, and silver. Looks like the blue one is the line in.
I couldn't get a link to work here but this is the Audacity troubleshooting section
You need to do this:
Why can I not record in Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8?

On new Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems, you may receive "error opening sound device" when you try to record, and/or have no audio input devices (or only "microphone") in Device Toolbar.
To investigate this, exit Audacity then right-click over the Speaker icon by the system clock and choose Recording Devices. This opens the Recording tab of "Sound" in the Windows Control Panel. Show then enable all the disconnected and disabled input devices. For detailed instructions, see Using the Control Panel on the Audacity Wiki.
Many new Windows laptop, notebook or netbook computers only have a single audio input port. This will often be a mono port only meant for microphones. On some machines this single port may also be able to accept stereo line level input which is essential to record from standalone cassette decks or HiFi systems. See "How to connect your equipment" before connecting high output devices to a sole input.
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28 May 2013   #10
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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Show then enable all the disconnected and disabled input devices.
Further to the above post. You need to plug in a mini jack to the line in socket. This will then show in the "Sound" window as in your last screenshot. It should show athat it is enable whn you right click it but if not set it to enabled. You can then Open Audacity and choose Line In on the tool bar!
The other end of the cable needs to go into the soeakers socket. If you want to hear through the speakers whilst recording the you will need a mini jack splitter!
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