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Problem: Missing sound recording option: No Stereo Mix, Wave-out Mix, Record What You Hear option :.
Problem: Missing sound recording option: No Stereo Mix, Wave-out Mix, Record What You Hear option
Microsoft purposefully removed "Stereo Mix", "Wave Out Mix", "Mix-record", "What U Hear", "Stereo Out" from newer Windows, but there are multiple ways to solve the problem recording audio on such computers.
Several ways to get the "Stereo Mix" / "Wave-out Mix" / "Record What You Hear" / "Stereo Out" / "Mix-record" / "Mono Mix" option in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
- If don't have the "Stereo Mix" / "Wave-out Mix" / "Record What You Hear" option in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and also have the "No audio output problem", you need to download and install the latest version of the driver or update it.
- In the "Device Manager" right click and disable your audio. Then right click and enable it.
- Plug in external stereo speakers to the stereo jack. Windows detects whether anything is plugged into the stereo jack. After recognizing the speakers, it should install the driver.
- Re-install the driver in the Safe mode.
How to enable the "Stereo Mix" / "Wave-Out mix" / "Record What you hear" option in Windows 8/7/Vista
Go to the Control panel and double click the "Sound".
Select the "Recording" tab
Right click on the background of the tab and select "Show Disabled Devices"
Find the "Wave-Out mix" ("Stereo Mix", "Record What you hear") item, right click on it and select Enable.
Now you can capture audio from any program in Windows 7/Vista.
How to find out if your sound card is able to record audio with a Direct Sound Recorder in Windows XP
- Locate "Volume" icon on your taskbar and double click to open Volume Control dialog box.
If you cannot find the Volume icon, go to Control Panel -> Double click the Sounds and Audio Devices icon. Click the Advanced button in Device Volume section under Volume tab.
- From the Volume Control dialog box, click Options menu -> Properties.
- Select Recording in "Adjust Volume for" section, and select all the volume controls appearing in the bottom half of the screen. Click OK to continue.
Note that you may see a different devices listed depending on your sound card.
- You will see the Volume control dialog box is now changed to "Recording Control", leave this window open, and run Sound Recorder: Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Entertainment -> Sound Recorder.
- Now you should have both Sound Recorder and the Recording Control on your screen, let’s play music. You can play any music using any music player like Windows Media Player, Winamp, AIMP or iTunes, for example.
- Click Record button on the Sound Recorder while you’re playing music to see if you can see wave in the black rectangle box inside the Sound Recorder.
- If the green line does not move, select different recording device from the Recording Control window.
How to enable "Stereo Mix" / "Wave Out Mix" / "Mono Mix" / "What You Hear" in Windows Vista
- Click the "Start" and open the "Control panel"
- Click "Classic view"
- Double click the "Sound"
- Select the "Recording" tab
- Right click on the "Wave Out" and make it default.
- Click "OK"
You can also try to "Show Disabled Devices" and "Show Disconnected Devices".
To enable disabled Stereo Mix in Windows Vista:
- Click the "Start" and open the "Control panel"
- Click "Classic view"
- Double click the "Sound"
- Select the "Recording" tab and right click any of the devices listed
- Check "Show Disabled Devices" and "Show Disconnected Devices"
- "Stereo Mix", "Wave-Out Mix", "Mono Mix" or "What You Hear" should show up. Set it as a default.
- Click "OK"
Downloading Sound Card driver to restore the "Stereo Mix" / "Wave-out Mix" / "Record What You Hear" option in Windows 8/7/Vista
Microsoft intentionally removes the "Stereo Mix" / "Waveout Mix" / "Record What You Hear" option from its drivers, so you may need to try to download the latest version of the sound card driver and install it. If you have an onboard sound card, go to the support section of the manufacturer of your PC (such as Dell/HP/Toshiba/Sony/Fujitsu/Lenovo/Acer/Samsung) and download an audio driver for your model of the PC that works with your Windows version. Please note that if the manufacturer doesn't support Windows 7 or Windows 8, you may try to use Windows Vista driver instead, althouth there is no guarantee that it will work and will not damage your hardware.
The same sound card may have different drivers, and some of them can have the Stereo Mix / Wave-Out mix, while it won't be available in other drivers. You may need to try different drivers to find out which one will work for you:
You can also try to use a sound card driver from another manufacturer (for example, an LG driver for an Acer laptop), but make sure the driver is made for exactly the same sound card and the same Windows version that you have!
- From the manufacturer of your computer (Dell, HP, Sony, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, LG, Samsung,...)
- From the manufacturer of your sound card (Intel, Creative...)
- From the designer of your sound card (RealTek, Sigmatel,...)
You can try different drivers, but make sure that a sound card driver is compatible with your hardware. Otherwise you can damage it!
If you can't find a driver at the support section of the web-site of the PC manufacturer, you may try to download it from the designer or manufacturer of your sound card. Firs of all, find out what kind of sound card you PC has in the PC manual. Then go to the web-site of RealTek, Sigmatel, Creative, Interl, etc. and download a driver for your particular model that works on Windows 8/7/Vista/....
If the driver has an installer, it is very easy to install it. Just run the setup program and follow the wizard.
If your sound card driver doesn't have an installer, then unpack it and then install it from the Device Manager:
- Open "Control Panel".
- Open "System".
- On the left side under Tasks click on the "Device Manager" (alternatively you may just right click onto "My computer", select "Manage" and then click onto "My devices.
- Scroll down to "Sound, video and game controller"
- Open that and you will see "High definition audio"
- Right click and select "Update driver software"
- In the new window choose "Browse my computer" and "Let me pick..."
- Uncheck the "Show compatible hardware" box
- Click "Have disk"
- Browse to the location that you extracted your driver files to and just keep opening the folder until you get to a bunch of .INF files. Don't select any of those just have that open. Your computer should have the one it needs in the file name box. Just click open and then "OK".
- The window should open with a list of drivers. Choose your one and hit "Next" to install it.
How to return to your previous driver (rolling back your driver)
If your sound card has stopped working after updating your driver you can return to your previous driver.
When updating your driver, you can get a message that you have the highest update available. Click the "Roll back driver" button.
You can also roll back your driver from the Device Manager:
- Click "Start".
- Select "Run".
- Type "devmgmt.msc" (without quotes) and press "Enter".
- Double click on "Sound, video and game controllers".
- Right click on the device and select "Properties".
- Select the "Driver" tab and click the "Roll back" button
How to record audio from your sound card without Stero Mix
How to record audio from your sound card without Stero Mix using Line Out
To record from your sound card without the "Stereo Mix" / "Wave-out Mix", you can connect line-out of your cound card with line-in (or speakers out with mic in) using an audio cable (that has a 3.5mm mini-stereo male on both sides). Please note this is not the best method, because in many cases the quality deteriorates significantly when using it.
How to record audio from your sound card without Stero Mix using an external sound card
You can buy a sound card that has a "Wave Out Mix" / "Stereo Mix" / "Record What You Hear" or a similar option.
For example, some USB sound cards from Creative support "Stereo Mix" / "Wave-Out Mix" / "What You Hear". Of course if you use a laptop, you'll probably won't like to have an external sound card.
How to record audio from your sound card without Stero Mix using Ubuntu Linux
If you can't get Stereo Mix working in Windows, there is a free sound recording solution that you may use. You will need to use another operating system like Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is absolutely free and you may use it even from a Live CD or USB.
If you can't select "Wave Out" or "Stereo Mix" is listed as the input source in the mixer toolbar of Audacity, you can still record with freeware Audacity for Linux. You just need to install PulseAudio Volume Control.
How to solve the Audacity recording problem in Ubuntu
- Install PulseAudio Volume Control by running the following in the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install pavucontrol
- Run Audacity and
- Go to Preferences by pressing Ctrl+P (or select "Edit" -> "Preferences..." from the drop-down menu).
- Click the "Devices" .
- Change the Playback device to "pulse".
- Change the Recording device to "pulse".
- Open PulseAudio Volume Control ("Applications" -> "Sound & Video" -> "PulseAudio Volume Control") and leave it open.
The first time you use a recording program you need to to edit the recording settings of PulseAudio Volume Control. It should remember your settings after rebooting.
- Open Audacity and hit the "Record" button.
- While Audacity is recording, open PulseAudio Volume Control and select the "Recording" tab. It will show "Alsa plug-in Audacity. Alsa capture from" and a combo-box. Choose the "Monitor of internal audio..." if you use an internal sound card.
Note: You need to select another monitor if you use any playback device other than an internal sound card. For example, when I play sound with Microsoft LifeChat headphones connected to my computer via USB, I select the "Monitor of Microsoft LifeChat Analogue Stereo" to capture from it with Alsa.
- Check Audacity, it should be recording now.
Virtual audio card software allowing to create a virtual sound card device
Freecorder 8, Replay Music, Replay Video Capture, Replay Media Catcher, WM Capture use the universal audio driver allowing you to record sound even on those computers that do NOT have a physical sound card!
- Virtual Audio Streaming (Stereo Mix Plus) (Shareware / Windows) - software that creates a virtual sound card (Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / Server 2008 R2; x32 or x64)
- Virtual Audio Cable (Shareware / Windows) - software that creates a virtual sound card device. Doesn't require you to have a physical hardware sound card. (Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003; x32 or x64)
Software allowing to record audio from your sound card without "Stereo Mix", "Wave-Out Mix", "Record What You Hear"
- Freecorder (Freeware / Windows) - sound recording and video downloading/capturing program (Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP).
- Replay Music (Shareware / Windows) - sound recording program that can split and tag songs automatically (Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP).
- Replay Media Catcher (Shareware / Windows) - stream recorder that can record audio from your sound card and tag music tracks automatically (Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP).
- MP3DO All Sound Recorder (Shareware / Windows) - sound recording program with a scheduler (Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP).
These software applications work not only in Windows XP, but also in Windows 8, 7 and Vista. In some cases these programs can be the only way to record audio from your sound card.
Screencasting software allowing to record video with audio without "Stereo Mix", "Wave-Out Mix", "Record What You Hear"
- WM Capture (Shareware / Windows) - screen recorder allo allowing to record any video even from hidden windows and windows in the background (Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP).
- Replay Video Capture (Shareware / Windows) - screen recorder that allows to record both audio and video (Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP)
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