Windows 7 and Audacity 2.0.5
I have just installed Audacity and am getting “”error while opening…input device settings”. The device bar shows audio host: MME; output device: speakers; input device: blank; and input channels: blank (both inputs show no options).
I thought Audacity would record sounds going through the computer. Did I get that wrong?
If the input box in Device Toolbar is blank, then all your input devices are disabled in Windows and you can’t record.
Quit Audacity then follow the steps at http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Mixer_Toolbar_Issues#vistacp . Show and enable all the input devices that your sound card has. If you see “stereo mix” or “what U hear”, make it default (see the link above for how to do that).
When you restart Audacity, open Device Toolbar and verify that stereo mix or what U hear is selected as input device if they were available in Windows.
If you don’t have either of those inputs, you can record computer playback with Windows WASAPI instead:
- Open Device Toolbar .
- In the first (Host) box of Device Toolbar, choose “Windows WASAPI”.
- In the second (Output device) box in Device Toolbar, choose the Speakers or Headphones that you are using for listening.
- In the third (Input device) box in Device Toolbar, choose the (loopback) input for the same device you chose in step 3. For example, if you chose “Speakers” in Step 3, choose “Speakers (loopback)” in this step.
- In the fourth (Input Channels) box in Device Toolbar, choose mono or stereo.
- Start playing the audio you want to record.
- Press the big red Record button in Audacity.
For more details, see http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_recording_computer_playback_on_windows.html .
Gale thank you for your quick response and clear instructions. Your are a blessing