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Windows 7: Recording Internal Sound

04 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Premium
Recording Internal Sound

Hey guys. I want to be able to record stereo sound using Audacity. I know how to do it on XP, but can't on Windows 7. Currently in Audacity I can record sound from my mic, but not stereo. Can anybody help?


For anyone else with this problem, I found the solution.

Go to the "Sound" console in the control panel.

Switch to "recording" tab.

It should have something like "microphone", "microphone array", and "rec. playback". The last one is your sound card. Just set that as the default device under the recording tab.

Now Audacity should record system sounds.

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04 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

I'm not really sure but I think there's a Stereo Mixer option somewhere in the sound settings. It should allow you to record what you hear. I'll check if I can find it.
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04 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 10 64 bit

I see you have an Inspiron, Which model desktop? With that SoundBlaster Xfi sound card you may not have the What You Hear (what Soundblaster calls the System Mixer) that you need to be able to record streaming audio from the Internet. I do a lot of support on the Dell users forum and there are a lot of issues getting the Dell OEM Xfi cards to work in Windows 7. SoundBlaster is not supporting Windows 7 on all models of the Xfi cards - just the current production models - but some users on the Dell forum have reported using the Retail SB Win 7 drivers and getting it work - but not all have been able to get the What You Hear function. If you have Win 7 64 bit, SoundBlaster has an Xfi Beta driver that users have reported to work.

The What You Hear may not be displayed in the Recording Tab. If not, RIGHT click in an empty area on that panel then LEFT click to display disabled devices. If your lucky What You Hear will now be displayed and you can select that to be the default recording device (and be able to record streaming audio).
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05 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Premium

@Fireberd its actually a laptop.

And you are right, what you hear wasn't under the Recording tab. And I did the disabled devices thing.

But as I said in OP I got it to work. Just had to set the Sound Card as my default recording device, not my Microphone Array.

Thanks to all you guys.
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21 May 2011   #5

Win7 64bit
A BIG Thank You to fireberd!

Thank you very much
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21 May 2011   #6

Windows 10 64 bit

Kujisha, sounds like you got it working, Great!
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21 May 2011   #7

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

Playing around with sony vegas 10 pro and audacity I just did moments ago figure out stereo mix for my CLARO Halo sound card running under windows 7.

In my case the trick is to select line in as the recording source in the 7 sound panel and card's software. Then stereo mix is also selected on the card's software. Audacity is told to map to CLARO HT Line 1. Line 1 is out put from a mixer I have connected to a turntable and wireless mike.

hmm i need to try all this out on a site like stickam or LV which is where I really want to send multiple sounds too. Somehow I bet the logitech wbcams built in usb mike may not work the same hmmm and what abt it working right with yahoo messenger.

computer sound is entirely too complex for something that ought to be easy---sending 2 or 3 sounds at once over the internet.
ok the stickam test is done. The above selections on the CLARO software panel are good to go I believe. On the stickam panel that comes up to select the cam and sound I picked my logitech webcam---for the mic I thought for sure I'd have to pick stereo mix or line 1 (CLARO). But a test record of a "show" demonstrated I could hear my mic but only very very faint music--I guess that the mic was picking up. So I went back to panel and selected WAVE for the mic---did a test record of a "show" and viola. The music almost drown out the mic so I still have to figure that out. Sliding the level down on the logitech panel in stickam might turn down mic too--so maybe the answer is to crank mic sound up even more on mixing board. Getting there
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