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Windows 7: Record "what you hear"

29 Aug 2010   #41
lovehateherofan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
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I figured it out, I run a Windows 7 Home Premiium 64bit. I have my speakers plugged into a sound card, I believe that is the only way to be able to do this is not to plug it into the motherboard. If you have a different sound card in one of your pci ports, plug it in there. Then go to sounds, recording devices, go to stereo mix, make that your default device. Go to audacity, go to preferences. Make the playback the speakers of the sound card. and make the recording the stereo mix. when you are done, exit out of audacity, open it up again, and it should work.


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29 Aug 2010   #42
iRHardcore

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit (Build 7600)
 
 

I know Camtasia Studio 7 works for this!
Try downloading the trial for it, if you haven't got it already and test it out..

Download Camtasia Studio, TechSmith's Screen Recording Software
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29 Aug 2010   #43
iRHardcore

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit (Build 7600)
 
 

Or, if you don't enjoy using Camtasia Studio, you could always try this:

"What U Hear" Recording - Enable
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18 Oct 2010   #44
BillW

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

Here's the answer (if it isn't already posted). YouTube - How to record "what you hear" in Windows 7 and Vista

Here's another link in text form: http://www.awesometoast.com/recordin...-in-windows-7/.

I too have Win-7 64-bit, with the ubiquitous Realtek HD on-board audio, and after viewing this, I got it to work, no problem. One other thing, is that this (I believe) only applies to the Realtek on-board audio, as users of Sound Blasters say that this method doesn't apply. I can only say that if you have Realtek, this does work.

As a sidebar, one other thing to remember, is that when recording "what you hear", you'll record EVERYTHING! That means for example, your recording from some on-line source through your browser, and and you get an email, or you finished copying a CD, and you that that ding-dong sound. Well, you'll be recording that too, along with any other sounds Windows or your apps may spit out at any time. Try to shut down apps that make sounds.

Another thing too, is that this is a direct internal (digital?) connection, not looping the line- out or speaker out to line-in.

Have fun!
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18 Oct 2010   #45
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The only thing to add to the above... some Realtek chipsets do not support the "Stereo Mix" option, you can load drivers until you're blue in the face but if the hardware doesn't support it, it's not going to appear.

This IS NOT some devious plot by Microsoft.

Also, the Soundblaster Hardware does support Record What U Hear but evidently recent driver releases are not supporting this function, don't know why, it's a Creative problem, not a Microsoft problem.

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19 Oct 2010   #46
BillW

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

Last Thursday, I downloaded the most recent Realtek driver(Audio_Realtek_Vista_Win7_R253.exe) from their website. It's difficult to determine what version of chipset hardware I have in my Gateway (ECS/Acer G43T-AM MoBo), but I bought it a year ago Christmas, so its not that old.

Simply put, I followed the instructions below:

1. Right click on the speaker icon in the bottom right.
2. Choose Recording Devices
3. In the empty white space, right-click and choose Show Disabled Devices. You should see Stereo Mix appear in the list.
4. Right click on Stereo Mix and choose Enable.
5. Right click on Stereo Mix again, and choose Set as Default Device.

Once done, I opened the Realtek Audio Manager, and adjusted the recording volume level full right, and I was good to go.



Of course, the Stereo Mix options in the Recording device manager, or in the Realtek Audio Manager wasn't previously there until I enabled the device.

I've used Sound Forge for years, and also have Audacity installed. Both work fine now.

The long and short of it is that recording routing is very device and driver dependent. I've had a long (and happy) relationship with Sound Blaster, and I was ready to plop down my $50 for an Audigy sound card, when I found this work around.

Don't get me wrong. I may still do so, and the Realtek, while light years ahead of older generation on-board sound hardware, is still rather lacking in flexibility. The Realtek is also (relatively) quite noisy, showing about -50db. My Audigy SB card on my XP PC (I was using for my recording mastering) was giving me about -70db background noise. That's a HUGE difference!
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20 Oct 2010   #47
Six9siX

7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

Search for this driver and U have the "what U hear"
SB24_VTDRV_LB_1_04_0065A.exe 10,797 KB
if not change install it through dev.menager
-system
-dev. menager
-update
Drivers/wdm/
-ctzapxx.ini


Missing in the post above

"The "What U Hear" feature for Sound Blaster Audigy SE/LS/Live!24 bit cards had changed since the latest driver update. The previous version of Windows Vista driver (SB24_VTDRV_LB_1_04_0065A.exe) for Sound Blaster Audigy SE/LS/Live!24 bit has an option for recording with "What U Hear". The latest driver no longer has the option for "What U Hear" recording with Sound Blaster Audigy SE/LS/Live!24bit.

For Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook, please update to the latest driver to get the What U Hear option. Click on the Download link at the top right corner of this page under the Quick Links to download the latest driver.

* Notes: For Sound Blaster Audigy SE/LS/Live!24 bit, the only way to get the "What U Hear" option is to reinstall the previous drivers, or roll back drivers.
* Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio series owners may experince issues with latency when trying to record via the microphone. This behaviour is due to the microphone software monitoring feature routing the audio signal to the host and back to the card resulting in some latency.
* Creative do not provide technical support for Beta Drivers. We recommend that only experienced users install this driver."


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20 Oct 2010   #48
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BillW View Post
The long and short of it is that recording routing is very device and driver dependent. I've had a long (and happy) relationship with Sound Blaster, and I was ready to plop down my $50 for an Audigy sound card, when I found this work around.

Don't get me wrong. I may still do so, and the Realtek, while light years ahead of older generation on-board sound hardware, is still rather lacking in flexibility. The Realtek is also (relatively) quite noisy, showing about -50db. My Audigy SB card on my XP PC (I was using for my recording mastering) was giving me about -70db background noise. That's a HUGE difference!
Realtek makes approx 30-40 different chipsets, don't know why some don't have the "stereo mix" option, perhaps it is absent on the budget chips... or perhaps they haven't enabled it in the driver yet.

You might be able to trim a few db off the S/N ratio by setting all unused inputs to zero, and/or muting them.

Also, if you're recording Line in it's probably best to set Line In as the default recording device as it might be a few db quieter.

The Realtek chipset on this motherboard is fairly old (a 662 model) and it does have Stereo Mix, not bad sounding for internal audio,

take it easy BillW

Ap
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03 Nov 2010   #49
TWiStErRob

Windows 7
 
 
Enabling What U hear

What you hear or Stereo mix can be enabled from "Sound" control panel item. On the Recording tab right click and show Disabled devices, then right click Stereo mix and choose to enable.
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03 Nov 2010   #50
mc995599

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
I can't get Audacity to record what I'm playing ... internally.

But using this adapter to wire line out > line in > speakers works ...
6-Inch Stereo Y-Adapter, 1/8" Jack to 1/8" Plugs - RadioShack.com
There is a much easier solution
Simply right click the speaker beside the time
Chose Recording Devices
Highlight Stereo Mix
Set as default
Record as normal hope this helps
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