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Windows 7: Can't Record Via Mic on Win7

21 Oct 2014   #1

win7 pro 32 bit
Can't Record Via Mic on Win7

I've got a Dell Optiplex 760 running Win7 and I can't record from a mic using either the back sound port or one of the two front USB ports and a plug in sound card.

The machine has integrated MAX onboard sound and currently two sound cards that it can see and device manager reports: both 'USB pnp sound devices'.

One of those USB pnp's is a 'guitar link' plugged in there. It works fine with Guitar Rig.

The other one is the one I want to use to record through with a mic.

The 'recording device' screen shows five devices:

Microphone 4USB PnP sound
Microphone Sound Max Integrated
Rear Input Sound Max Integrated
Stereo Mix Sound Max Integrated
Microphone USB PnP sound.

I can't get the mic to work on any of those. I can only enable one at a time and I've done that and checked each one, no luck.

I don't understand the three 'sound max integrated' things. I guess the 'rear input' is the back port I'm trying to input the mic through and which doesn't seem to work.

But what are the other two? As selectable recording devices? I guess one of them would just mean select onboard sound card as the recording device (leaving open the question of how to access it. maybe internally only?). But that leaves the third one. what's that about?

Anyway. I'm thinking basically the system should be/would be very simple.

But it's got me going round in circles. Don't know if it's the computer hardware is wrong, or the software is wrong, or my configurations are wrong.. what?

So I'm seeking advice.

How should I set it up so's it certainly should work and I can know that if it doesn't this, that or the other is wrong?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Oct 2014   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

First, Stereo Mix should be set as the Default Recording Device. Then whatever input is used (and enabled) will be available for recording. And, if you ever want to record audio from the Internet you will need the Stereo Mix.

The combination of the USB and the SoundMax may be conflicting. Unplug the USB devices and just try it with the SoundMax and see what happens. You can use the built in Windows Sound Recorder for testing or if you have the free Audacity recording program, it (normally) uses Stereo Mix as its recording source.

I have a recording studio, using Sonar X3 but do not use the PC's audio for recording (a standard "no no" on recording forums).
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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