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Windows 7: Don't have stereo mix, any idea to record sound?

06 Feb 2010   #1
Ratmanxx

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - 6.1.7601 - x64
 
 
Don't have stereo mix, any idea to record sound?

Hi!

I need help in the following problem: my integrated soundcard (Realtek HD audio ALC861) doesn't have stereo mix, just microphone and line is as recording devices. I tried out FRAPS to record games and it records sound with a "Vista Direct Stream".
What is it exactly and is it possible to record sound through this device in other programs, or set is as recording device globally? I don't want to use the good old output to line in method...

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06 Feb 2010   #2
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Have you tried selecting "Show Disabled Devices"?

Right click on the Microsoft speaker icon in the task bar.
Select "Recording Devices"
Right click on any of the recording devices listed there.
Enable "Show Disabled Devices".

If you have a Stereo Mix it will show up there.

If not, you could try and find a program like Audio Hijack which will probably do what you need.

Rogue Amoeba | Move From Audio Hijack

Ap
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06 Feb 2010   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Ratmanxx,

To get Stereo Mix as illustrated below, follow this guide.

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Right-click the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon in the notification area of the taskbar (near the clock). Click on Audio Devices and then click on the Recording tab. Alternatively, right-click on the speaker icon (found in the same location) and click on Recording Devices. You should see something similar to the image shown below.

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Right-click on this and select both Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices. You should then see something like this.

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Right-click on Stereo Mix and click on Enable.

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You might need to click on Properties and make any adjustments you want on the available tabs.

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06 Feb 2010   #4
Ratmanxx

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - 6.1.7601 - x64
 
 

I selected show disabled devices, but I don't have stereo mix, it looks like my sound card doesn't support it. But how Fraps can record sound without it?
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06 Feb 2010   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Can you post a snip of your recording tab with both Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices enabled?
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06 Feb 2010   #6
Ratmanxx

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - 6.1.7601 - x64
 
 

Hi! Here is the picture with both options enabled:


The upper is Show disabled devices, the lower is Show disconnected devices.
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06 Feb 2010   #7
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Thanks. I see what you mean by having no Stereo Mix option. Do you have the latest driver installed? See Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for details and Device Manager - Install Driver - Vista Forums for my method of installation.
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06 Feb 2010   #8
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It could be something to do with the number of ADCs (Analogue to Digital Converter)on the chip. The ALC861 only has 1, whereas mine (ALC662) has 2.
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06 Feb 2010   #9
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ratmanxx View Post
I selected show disabled devices, but I don't have stereo mix, it looks like my sound card doesn't support it. But how Fraps can record sound without it?

Hi,

I don't think it's that difficult to write a driver that captures directX output.
The hooks are builit in to the directx software.

Direct sound recording software (freeware/shareware) - How to record any sound produced by your sound card including live input or microphone


Or just download Audacity, the best freeware audio application available.
Audacity will accept input from the Microsoft Soundmapper.

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

If I just wanted to capture audio I'd probably go with Audacity.

Ap
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08 Feb 2010   #10
wlbandy

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

By downloading/installing latest Realtek Drivers, I now have Stereo Mix as I did in Vista.

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