Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit, newest version (2.0.3 obtained using the .exe installer) of Audacity installed.
First off, sorry for posting what appears to be a silly question, I have had success in using Audacity to record and edit, but for some reason yesterday I discovered it wasn’t working. Please see the following:
At one point I was able to record stuff streaming off the internet, and able to edit large mp3 imported music tracks too. For some reason I’m not able to get any thing (internet streaming, iTunes, or a cd/dvd) playing through my computer to record?, or even see any indication of any signal showing up on the input/output meters? I’ve got a digital cable connection from my onboard realtek soundcard to my Yamaha 5.1 receiver (everything IS heard through speakers coming from this source), and the setting are for “Stero mix” for playback and recording, withs levels at 50%. I can open a file in Audacity and get the output meter to work, but can’t record what I hear (internet streaming, iTunes, or a cd/dvd) which I believe should be shown on the input meter? Oh, forgot to mention I updated my realteks driver in an effort to see if that would correct the problem, and it didn’t, but at least now I’ve got the current drivers.
It’s driving me nuts that I can’t figure it out, please help me, I’m a relative newbie and I’ve gone through the tutorials and searched the forums for a fix, but can’t find one, so I’m posting this.
I’ve tried everything suggested with no success, very frustrating. When I upgraded to the newer audacity version, I uninstalled the old version and I received a popup indicating the all was not removed? Is it possible there’s some kind of conflict between the old and the new version? is there a utility to completly remove all and start from fresh?
You didn’t try giving us the Audio Device Info I’ve asked for twice now. We cannot see your machine so rely on you entirely to provide information about it.
If you install the 2.0.3 version into the same directory as the one you uninstalled from, all the relevant program files are overwritten with the new.
I don’t believe it will make any difference but you can reinstall 2.0.3 and put a tick in the “Reset Preferences” box half way through the installation procedure. Then you start with “factory fresh” Audacity preferences.
To try that Audacity build, choose the latest zip file from the top of this list . Quit Audacity, extract the downloaded zip file to any location on your computer then run “audacity.exe” from the folder you extracted to. To record computer playback, select the “Windows WASAPI” host in the first box of Device Toolbar . Then choose the “(loopback)” input in the third box of Device Toolbar.
This is experimental, so you may still get “Error Opening Sound Device” at times (for different reasons) and you may find the recording volume is low, but feedback is welcomed.
I suggest you disconnect whatever device(s) Audacity is seeing as the five MIDI inputs. Audacity does not record MIDI.
For input choose “Stereo Mix (Realtek High Defini” in Audacity Device Toolbar .
You appear not to have a viable analogue playback device. The only playback device listed is “Realtek Digital Output (Realtek”. Is that an S/PDIF digital output going to the “Yamaha 5.1 receiver”? Normally if you want to record stereo mix you would need to set the output to an analogue output called something like “Speakers”. Then you can record audio playing from that analogue output using Stereo Mix.
I disabled everything except Realtek digital output in playback, and stereo mix in recording, and I’ve reposted the audio device info below. It’s been a while since I used audacity to record what you hear, and I think I’ve gotten mixed up and confused. Your previous reply shook my memory loose and I’m starting to remember what I think I need to do. You’re correct (of course) I have the digital out of my sound card connected (digital cable) to the digital input of my Yamaha receiver, which bypasses the stereo mixer and ability to record?. I believe last I used the “record what you hear” I had (and still have) a logitech 5.1 speaker setup pluged in between the audio out (output?) of the soundcard, to the audio in on the back of the logitech subwoofer/amplifier (output?) that sends the sound to the 5 speakers and the subwoofer. I hope I’ve explained it properly. So I believe I had to disable realtek digital output in “playback”, and stereo mixer in “recording”, to effectively disable the digital connection between the soundcard and my yamaha receiver.
Does that make sense so far?
Now to record what I hear I need to enable the audio connection between my sound card and logitech speakers? already plugged in and connected by enabling the speakers in playback? (disabling the realtek digital audio output connection) and leaving the stereo mix enabled to record?
Hope I didn’t confuse you, as much as I’m now somewhat confused, but think I’m on the right track?
I don’t have your system, but I still don’t see how you can record audio playing on the computer unless you are prepared to enable an analogue playback output in Windows. Stereo Mix cannot usually record from playback on the digital output - it needs to record from playback on the analogue output.
This is why I suggested enabling all the inputs and outputs in Windows and posting images so we can see all the potential devices you have available. It may shed some light on what those MIDI inputs are that Audacity sees.
It doesn’t matter if you connect 5.1 speakers, headphones or whatever to the analogue output.
It doesn’t matter if you leave the digital output enabled as long as you also enable the analogue output then play the audio you want to record on that output (that is, set the analogue output as default device on the “Playback” tab of Windows “Sound”).
As previously suggested, I think you will need to enable the “Speakers” playback device (right-click over it) then make it default (right-click over it a second time). Then songs you play in the browser will play through the speakers and be recordable by stereo mix if you turn up ALL of these:
the output level of “Speakers”
the output level of the Flash player in the browser
the input level of Stereo Mix.
You may also need to make Stereo Mix default recording device.
Is your issue that you want to record computer playback but listen to it on the Yamaha while it records? I think that will be difficult to achieve in high quality unless you connect the Speakers to the Yamaha rather than the digital out.
The “Ws” devices seem to be Wondershare or similar product of theirs. Are you sure that cannot record streaming audio as a standalone application? A few Forum users say it can do so, but I have no idea if Audacity can record from any of its virtual inputs. I suggest your read the Wondershare documentation if you have not already done so.
Were all those Ws devices Wondershare? Did you record computer playback without needing Wondershare? I don’t know what it does, but you “might” be able to use it to record from the digital out if you make digital out default playback device. But to record “stereo mix”, you’d have to set “Speakers” back to default playback device.
But if you are happy and it ain’t broken, it may be best not to fix it.