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Windows 7: Record from SoundCard - HELP!!!

19 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7
Record from SoundCard - HELP!!!

I need help setting up for my computer to record from my SOUNDCARD, digitally. NOT from my mic. I used to have Winds Vista and it works for me but this new Winds 7 I got DOES NOT work at all.

When I got to the "PlayBack Devices" box, the "PlayBack" & "Recording" tabs ONLY have ONE device there. I even check the "Show disabled devices" & "show disconnected devices" but NOPE. Only thing thats there for the "Playback" tab is my default audio speakers(Realtek HD Audio Speakers) & only thing there for the "Recording" tab is my Default device, "Mic Realtek HD audio"

This is a 1 mo. old laptop Winds 7 Sony Vaio VPCEB15FM

Here's the full specs: VPCEB15FM/T | VAIO® E Series Notebook PC | Sony | Sony Style USA

How do I get it to work? do I got a weak/low end sound card or what?

Recording from my SoundCard is what I do 1/2 of my computer time. If it doesn't work then my computer is pretty much useless for me other then buying crap online.

Please help me out any way you guys can. Thanks in advance...

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19 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

So you want what is being played, to be recored, as if being picked up by your mic. I have been trying to do this for sometime and can not find a way to do this with software alone. I did get it to work at one time by plugging an audio cable into both sockets on my laptop. I hope someone else has a different solution because this has been bothering me a little as well.
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19 Jul 2010   #3


Hi kmy, welcome to Seven Forums.

If I look at the specs of your laptop, it looks like you only have a microphone input.
It doesn't say if it's a mono or stereo input and if it can be used as a line-in.
Sometimes if you plug in a line-in cable it will automatically switch to line-in.
Maybe there is more information on that in the users manual otherwise you have to try it yourself.
If that's not working the other option is to use a usb soundcard.

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19 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7/10 64 bit

The lack of the "System Mixer" (SoundBlaster calls it "What You Hear") on new PC's is a common complaint - from all vendors. On SOME systems installing a different sound driver MAY give you the feature, but that is the only way that I know of with the existing hardware on the PC.

I have an Acer laptop with Realtek audio and it does not have the System Mixer. This is a hot subject on the Dell users forum. I installed a HP desktop for a client and it did not have the System Mixer.
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19 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7

So the only way is to try is to get a USB SOUNDCARD? Will any brand work, bc they are pretty much plug-&-play.
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19 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kmy View Post
So the only way is to try is to get a USB SOUNDCARD? Will any brand work, bc they are pretty much plug-&-play.

Since you have a Realtek audio system the first thing I'd do is download the latest Realtek drivers and install them.


Doesn't guarantee anything but worth a shot.

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19 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Right-click the Speaker icon in the notification area (not the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon) and select Recording devices.

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Right-click on a blank space and ensure that the options Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices are both selected (ticked).

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The option we are looking for is called Stereo Mix, so right-click on it and choose Enable. You may want to adjust the other properties, such as levels and balance, after enabling.

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19 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Do you have an input port on your laptop? like a mic in or line in? What i do is use an auxilary cable out from my sound and back in, and record it with Audacity. It isn't the best way, but it does work
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19 Jul 2010   #9


To be sure, do you want to record from an outside source or something on the computer itself?

It's always worth a try to reinstall/install the newest drivers for your soundcard.

If it's something you want to record from the computer itself, normally you should use the stereo mix function.

If it's from an outside source, you should use a line-in, as I mentioned in my post you
might try yourself to connect a stereo jack cable to your mic-in and see if it automatically switches to line-in.
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19 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7

@ DwarF...if it works then I wouldn't have this thread. Thats my problem I dont see the "Stereo Mix" function even after I click on "Show hidden devices" & "Show disconnected Devices".

Keep in mind guys this is a LAPTOP. The only audio signal input/output I got is the MIC & HeadPhone. The rest are USB's, HDMI, card Readers, etc...ports.

I'm trying to record from my computer(online). Not from an external device.

It is the LATEST driver. I also tried the previous driver too and NOPE, nothing.

Oh yea, I dont know if this helps or not but I have WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL.
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