Can't record sound directly from computer

Windows 10 Audacity 2.4.2
I have RealTek audio drivers. The input options on Audacity are Microphone and MicroSoft Sound Mapper.
Using either when recording I get the mic input.
I want to record audio directly from the computer. WHen I do that it sounds muffled because I’m actually recording the mic.

This isn’t as easy as you think.

The computer has two sound pathways, Recording and Playback. Full Stop. To record YouTube requires you to run both of them at the same time and connect them together. And, oh, by the way, be able to steer them so you don’t record everything on the computer such as your microphone and Windows chimes and sounders.

This would be a standard, normal tool available everywhere, but the record and music companies, whose job it is to sell you music would just as soon you couldn’t do that easily, and the musicians, trying to earn enough money to eat, aren’t too keen on it either.


I see the problem. I’d thought I’d solved it before by installing RealTek sound drivers … but I haven’t recorded anything in a while and it came back. Now I just went thru the Windows control panel to check the Recording devices and somehow RealTek Stereo Mix was disabled. I enabled it, and all is well, as RealTek Stereo Mix doesn’t include the mic.

Stereo Mix doesn’t include the mic.

Normally no, but it can… It’s recording everything coming out of the soundcard to your speakers/headphones so if Windows is configured to play the mic out of the speakers, you’ll record that too.