Because I had to reinstall my operating system (Windows 7 64 bit) I downloaded the newest version of Audacity - 2.1.1.
It installed in the proper folder C:\Windows\Program Files (x86).
I downloaded the latest version of Lame 3.99.5 for 64 bit systems and installed it. Audacity doesn’t work. I received an error message saying "error
opening sound device please check recording device settings and the project sample rate. I used 44100 as the sample rate before with no problems.
The sound device is a 5.1 Channel HD Audio Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec. (Built into the motherboard). I can listen to music so I’m not sure that is the problem
Doing some research on line I found a method of supposedly making my Lame version work by using a code typed into the command prompt (run as administrator).
I believe the code moved (or copied Lame to SystemWOW64. That didn’t work.
I came upon another help website that suggested that what is needed is lame 3.99.5 ACB for the 64 bit version of windows.
I’m about as confused as I want to be. I used a previous version of Audacity and the 3.99.5 version of Lame before with the same system with no problems.
I assume its something I’m doing wrong but I have no idea even to start knowing where to look.
I thought I created a post only a few minutes ago about a problem is was having using audacity. The operating system is Windows 7 64 bit which I recently had to reinstall.
I thought the problem was with LAME (and which version to use). I still may be right.
After I signed out from here I went back to Audacity and after looking at the interface I realized the “recording device” button was blank.
I selected WASPI for the audio host and I was able to record. However, I can not record in MME or Windows Direct Sound.
I can only export the file as a WAV file. I know for a fact that previously I exported what I recorded as an .mp3.
I guess it takes me back to the question of whether my installation of LAME is corrupt or that I need to download and install Lame 3.99.5 ACB or some other plug in or download is needed.
Make sure you download and install the special LAME file for Audacity linked to from [u]here[/u]. When you run the EXE fie, it should automatically install to the correct location and Audacity should find it.
It’s version v3.99.3, but don’t worry about it not being the latest version. There haven’t been any changes that affect sound quality in a long time and I’m pretty sure there are no changes that affect how it works in Audacity. (When LAME LAME 3.100 is released, it will have some changes to improve sound quality under some situations. [u]LAME Changelog[/u]).
As the message says after you post, all posts by new users are moderated and only appear after they have been approved by a moderator. I combined your second post into this topic.
Please note all LAME does is to export MP3. It is irrelevant to “Error opening sound device”.
You can use Windows WASAPI host instead if you need to. If you are recording computer playback, WASAPI is generally a better option than using stereo mix, because it is entirely digital, not a digital - analogue - digital conversion.
Given you reinstalled Windows 7 you may need to go to the web site of the computer manufacturer (assuming it’s a branded computer like Dell or Lenovo) and download/install the latest Windows 7 drivers for your computer model. Otherwise you may only have generic audio drivers that will not record properly.
As Doug said, please install the 3.99.3 version of LAME according to Audacity Manual.
If you must use LAME 3.99.5 there is a ZIP file for it on the download page that is linked to, but if you use that ZIP you will have to perform an extra step of locating LAME in Audacity’s Libraries Preferences.
I downloaded and installed the LAME program from the referenced location and installed it.
I tried to record with Audacity (using Windows Sound Device) and deceived “Error while opening sound device check settings and the proper sample rate”
I followed the instructions to check for duplicate lame files and in the Plug In folder as well. I did edit the two line in the Audacity .cfg (?) file. I saved that, closed all open
files and rebooted. I tried to record and received the same message.
As previously explained, LAME only supplies MP3 export. It is completely irrelevant to “error opening sound device”.
Therefore I repeat my suggestion that you could go to the web site of the computer manufacturer (assuming it’s a branded computer like Dell or Lenovo) and download/install the latest Windows 7 drivers for your computer model. Bad or generic audio drivers are probably the reason that you have no recording devices at all when you select MME or Windows DirectSound hosts.
What are you trying to record? If you only want to record songs playing on the internet then Windows WASAPI (loopback) is the best choice.
If you want to record a microphone or some physical input device then when you have ensured you have proper audio drivers you can if necessary follow the steps at Missing features - Audacity Support to show and enable any recording devices in Windows Sound that may be hidden. If Windows Sound hides all the recording devices then the recording device box in Audacity will be empty except for Windows WASAPI (loopback).
If you want to you could try those steps now and restart Audacity, but if you don’t have correct audio drivers for your computer model there is no guarantee you will be able to record properly.