I can'tdownload from the net[SOLVED]

On spite of that every time that I ask on the net how to record music from the radios online, everybody tells me to download Audacity (I have already Audacity…) and then they tell me how to do it with Audacity, but Audacity menus are not at all as everybody says. I am doing something wrong and I can’t grasp what.

I did try everything unsuccessfully. Even in your tutorials nothing happens as you say.

Step 2: Open Audacity and choose View → Float Mixer Toolbar. In the drop-down menu on Audacity’s mixer toolbar, choose “Wave Out” or “Stereo Mix” as the input source. Open the Audacity Preferences dialog and choose Mono channel in the Audio I/O tab. Select your sound card name in Recording Device [Sigma Tel C-Major Audio in my case]

Float Mixer doesn’t exists. “Wave Out” or “Stereo Mix” doesn’t exits.

Now when your next favorite song is playing on the radio station, hit the R button again. Now Audacity will record the song in a separate track. This is helpful as you will realize in a minute. Repart the R-space bar cycle until you record all the songs to your PC or Mac.

Typing on R it doesn’t record anything at all, it is just a straight line.

“Stereo Mix” unavailable
Be aware that on some machines, the “Stereo Mix” option will never work because it is disabled internally by the driver settings due to copyright concerns. This is a known issue with Lenovo Thinkpad laptops and many other more recent PCs and laptops, but sometimes editing the driver files can enable stereo mix.

It is common on Windows 7 and Vista that not all recording inputs are automatically enabled in the Recording tab. This means they are invisible in that tab, and also invisible to recording applications like Audacity. So you need to make them visible, thus:

Right-click anywhere inside the Recording tab and choose “Show disabled devices” then right-click again and check “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”

What is the “Recording tab”? I have not a clue… I did right-click everywhere but the “Show disable devices” doesn’t appear anywhere.

Please, help.

With thanks in advance for your kindness,



I have already replied to you from our feedback@ address. I am repeating my reply so that other helpers don’t spend time making the same answer.

Most of the confusion is that you appear to be using an old version of Audacity. So uninstall that version and install the current 2.0.1 (.exe installer) from here:
http://audacityteam.org/download/windows .

Then read the 2.0.1 Manual Tutorial about recording computer playback. It is online here:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_recording_computer_playback_on_windows.html .

You can also access the Manual by clicking Help > Manual (in web browser) from the menu in Audacity 2.0.1.

The second document you cited in your message appears to be part of this page:
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Mixer_Toolbar_Issues#vistacp .

On that page, the “Recording” tab referred to is in the “Sound” Control Panel supplied by Windows:
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/w/images/c/c8/Vistarec.png .

As it says on that Wiki page, you have to open “Sound” by right-clicking over the speaker icon in the System Tray (where
the system clock is), then choose “Recording Devices”. You will very likely have to perform those steps in order to enable any stereo mix input there may be, but those steps are already detailed on:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_recording_computer_playback_on_windows.html .

If your sound card does not have a stereo mix or similar input, you can use Freecorder or SoundLeech instead (as that Tutorial page explains).


Problem resolved following the advise from Gale.

Thank you so much, Gale.