Record from sound card - 4 channels


Is it possible to record from a 4 channel sound card (4 microphones) at the same time? It does not work for me.


To record 4 channels at the same time, with Audacity, on Windows, you need one of the following:

  1. A 4 channel audio device with WDM drivers that support 4 channel recording.
  2. A “virtual audio device” that enables you to stream 4 channels from the audio device and provide a single, 4-channel device for Audacity to record from,
  3. Build Audacity from the source code with Steinberg’s ASIO SDK, and then use a 4 channel sound card with multi-channel ASIO drivers.

The first option is preferable by a long way as the other two are rather complicated.

Failing that, if you have a 4 channel sound card that only works as a multi-channel device when using ASIO, you could do the raw recording in another program (such as Reaper), and then use Audacity to edit the recording.

I get the signal in from all 4 microphones (to my PC). But I can only manage to get two microphones to work in audacity. I try to add two more tracks in Audacity, with no success…

Is the device set for 4 channel recording in the Windows Sound Control Panel?
Did you select 4 channel recording in the device toolbar?

The device is set (it looks similar to image shown). I am not able to select 4 channels in Audacity. I only get 2 alternatives. (mono or stereo-recording). Somehow Audacity does not recognize all 4 channels…

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Click on the “Properties” button (Egenskaper), then switch to the “Advanced” tab.
In this image you can see that my sound card is set for recording 2 channels. You need to set yours for 4 channels.