A strange one here. I have been using Audacity for a few years now mainly for recording choral practice music from YouTube but I find I cannot do this with 2.0.4
My settings are Windows Direct Sound (or MME), SB Live! Wave Device and SB Live! Wave Device: Record Master (also tried SB Live! Wave Device : Wave) using an SB Live Value sound card. I have no problem recording something playing in Windows Media Player or Media Player Classic but if I try to record from YouTube or BBC IPlayer I just get a flat line.
I have gone back to 2.0.3 with the same settings and everything works perfectly once I had reset preferences and reentered the options, without doing this I got a flat line in 2.0.3 as well even though the options looked OK
I should say that I have reinstalled 2.0.3 and 2.0.4 alternately a number of times using the reset preferences option and this problem is persistent with 2.0.4.
Have you tried with “Windows WDM-KS” host in 2.0.4?
Yes, I did try that but it still flat-lined. I tried pretty well every reasonable option and at one point succeeded in switching off my computer sound completely (although please don’t ask me to reproduce it) and only got it back when I reloaded 2.0.3 with the reset option.
I can get the material from YouTube in other ways, but what I want from iPlayer is not downloadable. As I said in my original post, I have reverted to 2.0.3 with the reset option and everything is working OK for me with that setup. It is more a question of reporting the unusual behaviour. What I really cannot understand is why I can record from another sound source such as media player classic or windows media player but not from Firefox, IE8 or Chrome, even though they should all be playing through the same sound card, with 2.0.4 whereas I can with 2.0.3!
I have just installed audacity-win-r12639-2.0.5-alpha-03-oct-13.zip and it has worked straight off with my standard settings of Windows Direct Sound, SB Live! Wave Device and SB Live! Wave Device: Record Master.
These are the settings in the Audacity device toolbar. Windows sound control is set at SB Live! Wave Device for playback and recording. No problems in Device Manager although the gameport is disabled… always has been and never a problem.
I should add that I do use an Andrea USB pod for microphone recording and speech recognition (Dragon Naturally Speaking 12.5), as AK 5370, but that is not in use at the moment and, as I say, my sound settings work with everything else, including 2.0.3 and 2.0.5 alpha.
f you still have 2.0.4 (or if you can remember), would Audacity record the web browser if you first opened Device Toolbar and selected “Record Master”?
These were the settings I was using with 2.0.4… exactly the same as I am using with 2.0.5
Just for fun I have reinstalled 2.0.4 over 2.0.3, with reset preferences, Opened with Cancel VST Effects, Set to the Windows Direct Sound, SB Live! Wave Device and SB Live! Wave Device: Record Master in the Device toolbar and this time it recorded from YouTube OK. Closed Audacity, reopened Audacity, again cancel VST Effects and although I can hear YouTube (Bach B Minor Mass) through the speakers, Audacity is flat lined with nothing in the recording levels. Close and reopen accepting all VST effects and still flat-lines.
Reinstall 2.0.3 over 2.0.4, again resetting preferences and everything works perfectly with exactly the same parameters, closed and reopened as often as you like.
I have attached the config files as audacity204 and audacity203
I hope this is useful, but it looks as though the problem is sorted in 205 in any event.
Thanks, Mark. What I meant though was physically reselecting “Record Master” even though it was already selected. There were a very few reports in 2.0.4 that this re-selection was necessary. It was a problem that the selected device was not being initialised correctly unless reselected.
Sorry but I have reverted to 203 and cannot test this tonight. When I was first trying to work this out I tried every likely combination and pretty sure I tried Record Master more than once with other choices in between, but not simply re-selecting. It is late here in the UK and I will give it a try tomorrow if I get a chance.
and by default it is near the top of the Audacity interface as shown in the big picture on this page: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/#reference
Note that if you installed the recommended version of Audacity for Windows, the manual is available in the Audacity Help menu.
If the device toolbar has been hidden or disabled, you can reset the Toolbars back to default by selecting:
“View menu > Toolbars > Reset Toolbars”