I am sorry to post about a subject that must have been done to death, but I have spent the last 2 hours on the Internet, Youtube, and this forum Trying to find a solution to a problem that I have with not being able to record streaming audio using Audacity 2.0.5 , on Win XP Professional.
I was using 2.0.4, but then thought that I would uninstall the Program and install the latest XP version, just to see if that might fix the problem, but unfortunately it has not done so.
I downloaded the .exe file, not the .zip file, for 2.0.5.
It seems to me that part of my problem might be that I cannot access the ‘mixer’ option in the Device toolbar, but I might be wrong about this.
Let me first be clear about my setup, in terms of what displays in Audacity.
- ‘Host’ dropdown - here I have the choice of either ‘MME’ (which is the default), or ‘Windows DirectSound’
- ‘Output Device’ drop-down – here I have the choice of either ‘Microsoft Sound Mapper’, or’SigmaTel Audio’ (i.e., my soundcard)– The latter is chosen by default.
- ‘Input Device’ drop-down– here I have the choice of ‘Microsoft Sound Mapper-Input’, or ‘SigmaTel Audio: Line In’, or ‘SigmaTel Audio: Microphone’ – the latter is chosen by default
- ‘Input Channels’ drop-down – here I have the choice of ‘1 (Mono) Input Channel’, or ‘2 (Stereo) Input Channels’ – the latter is chosen by default
I have experimented with every potential combination of the above while playing different streaming audio files in order to try to record into audacity, and have been unsuccessful.
I have also tried looking for a ‘Mixer’ section under the ‘Adjust Audio Properties’ Option that I get when I right-click on the speaker icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen system tray, but have not come across anything which approximates exactly some of the choices that I’ve seen in some of the videos and tutorials that I have looked at on the Internet. [The default device under both the ‘Sound recording’ and ‘Sound playback’ tab when I go to one section of the Audio Properties, is ‘SigmaTel Audio’, i.e., my sound card – and this is the only choice that I have under the Playback and Recording tabs - should I have other choices here? It is possible to select different speaker playback options – right now I have ‘Laptop Stereo Speakers’ selected, and there are many other options].
My understanding is that if I were to see a ‘mixer’ option, should choose it, and that would provide me with a ‘mature’ option in the ‘Input Channels’ drop-down box on the Device toolbar.
Even if this is not the problem, I cannot figure out why I am unable to record streaming audio using audacity, and would very much appreciate some help.