My entire Windows system is 5.1 compliant. I listen to 5.1 music via Foobar2000, play 5.1 games, watch 6 channel films etc. If the media is not in 5.1, some software is able to duplicate stereo channels (2.0→4.0 conversion).
Audacity has the sound card output recording function. It works fine with to channel sounds. But it doesn’t allow me to choose more than 2 channels at a time. It basically means that if I record 5.1 system sounds (like playing a video game), Audacity doesn’t even dowgrade to 2.0, it simply skips rear / central channels and subwoofer.
If I understand correctly, it’s not an Audacity’s problem, I need a specific audio card with appropriate drivers. How do I find such a card?
It gives either mono or stereo options, I can’t choose to record a specific channel. It means there is no way I can record what I can hear in rear channels? Which part is the culprit? Windows? Drivers? The audio card?
Edit: I’ve just figured out. It was the driver. Updating the driver solved the problem. Audacity can now record up to 6 channels simultaneously.
Can you help us by telling us the exact make and model number of the sound card that records multi-channel in Audacity with updated drivers? We like to list such devices on Missing features - Audacity Support .
For many multi-channel sound cards on Windows, Audacity won’t record multiple channels simultaneously unless you compile Audacity with ASIO support .
For some cards, choosing Windows DirectSound host instead of MME in Device Toolbar will allow multi-channel recording without ASIO. For other cards, choosing WDM-KS or WASAPI host may do so, but current release builds of Audacity don’t support WDM-KS and only support WASAPI for recording of computer playback.
Note that you still won’t be able to record specific channels only. For example to record channels 5 and 6 you will probably have to set Audacity to record 6 channels then close the silent tracks after recording. This is an Audacity limitation.
Hmm, for most built-in sound devices (even two channel devices) the WASAPI host should appear in Audacity’s Device Toolbar . It may only let you record two channels without having the correct drivers for the sound card.