Can't Record Audio from Youtube

Version: 2.0.3
System: Windows 7
I’ve been using Audacity for a while to record audio from Youtube (sound bites, etc.), and it won’t let me anymore. I use Stereo Mix for the input and made sure that was my default recording device for my laptop. I have tried different tutorials to try and correct the problem, but the recording just flat lines when the audio is being recorded. I found an old thread that seemed to be the same problem as mine, but I think that he was using an older version. The link leads to the old thread.
My computer went through recent updates, but I don’t know if that is the problem this time around. If anyone has an idea of what I should do, please let me know.

Have you read through the tutorial?

This is a very common problem and if it used to work, chances are you can make it work again.


I have gone through the tutorial and set everything exactly like it. There is no audio being picked up by Audacity. The input and output bars are empty, and the recording shows a flat line.

It also appears that it is not just Youtube not being recorded. I wanted to test if it was just Youtube by trying to record a short bit from a song from my iTunes. The results were the same as before: flat line and no movement in the input/output level bars.

I’m really unsure of what to do at this point.

Either you changed some setting, or you are trying to play the audio on a different device than the one that has stereo mix, or your sound card drivers were changed in which case you may want to roll back to the previous drivers in Device Manager. See .

Have you tried the alternatives in that Tutorial - like loopback recording or Sound Leech ( ) ?