I just installed audacity on to my laptop because I want to record webinars and other playing audio.
I installed audacity 2.0.2 onto windows 7.
I was following the tutorial to get the correct input device:
Windows Control Panel for sounds
Windows Vista and 7 computers almost always only have microphone inputs enabled by default. Earlier Windows systems may also need the input for recording computer playback to be made visible before Audacity can use it. To show or enable inputs, launch the sound device control panel from the Windows Control Panel or from the system tray (by the clock).
Windows Vista and 7
Right-click over the Speaker icon by the system clock then choose Recording Devices to open the Recording tab of “Sound”.
Right-click anywhere inside the Recording tab and choose “Show disabled devices” then right-click again and choose “Show Disconnected Devices”.
Right-click specifically over the input device you want to record with (in this case “Stereo Mix” or whatever alternative you have), and if visible, choose “Enable”.
my problem is that once I show disabled and disconnected devices…I don’t have any more devices. I have only my microphone and nothing else. What am I supposed to do to enable recording off the web or other playing audio?
I’m attaching a screenshot just so you can see what I’m talking about
Please help me soon; the thing I want to record is in a few hours.
It may not have been worded strongly enough in the text, but some computers can’t do this. You follow all the instructions and the software just isn’t there. For you there’s the software and processes at the bottom of this series of instructions. If you’re on a laptop, chances are good that the loopback cable isn’t going to work and you need to add or buy additional software.
Or, the latest versions of Windows do not include the mistake that was included in the earlier versions.
Windows laptops are business computers. Stereo-Mix can create problems with corporate conferencing. Most Macs can’t naturally do this, either for stability reasons.
I’ve used Stereo Mix on many XP machines over the years with absolutely no associated “stability” problems.
I currently use Linux, which also has the ability to “play through” and again without stability problems.
So I wonder if it really is “for stability reasons” or because Apple think that it’s too difficult for Mac users to cope with?
Microsoft seem to be following the Apple trend of dumbing down computers to the level that “if you can’t buy an App to do it, it can’t be done”.
Once again it is not Microsoft who remove stereo mix, but largely the choice of the computer and/or motherboard manufacturers.
Microsoft (under the WASAPI API) explicitly provide a method on Vista and 7 for applications to record computer playback even if the sound device does not support stereo mix recording, but Audacity cannot use that method because it does not support WASAPI.
Thank you for that. In fact after posting that message I went through them. I was hoping for some freeware- unfortunately none of the ones listed worked for me so I just ininstalled them.
I will try exploring other options.
[I know this is an audacity support forum, but I’m still hoping you can help]
problem with soundleech:
I start it, then start a program to run audio eg, windows media player or firefox or something. No balloon comes recognising a program playing audio and when I ‘stop leeching’ nothing has been recorded.
I hope that I was not appearing to be patronising. We only know about what you do from what you write, so I could not assume that you had taken the necessary steps to activate SoundLeech. Unfortunately I am unable to help you with SoundLeech as it is not our product and I don’t know the details of how it works. All I know is that I’ve used it and it worked straight away with the steps described. On Vista/Win 7 it may be necessary to reboot (not required on XP).
No thats okay, I do understand. I should have been more clear in my previous message.
I’ve done everything I can think of… I’ve sent the creators a plea for help. As for the rest of it, I’m tired. Its come down to asking if anyone else managed to record the webinar.
…everything worked fine on my old computer…tears
thanks to everyone in this thread for the help you’ve given me