Recording from internet

I’m sorry if this seems to duplicate some other topics, but I’ve searched for awhile and can’t quite find what I’m looking for.

Tonight I used Audacity 2.0.1 for the first time on a Dell desktop running Windows 10 that I acquired recently. Previously I used the same release with Windows 2000. I saved it and reinstalled it on the new computer (exe installer).

I’ve pretty much used Audacity only for digitizing LPs and cassettes, or recording off the radio (my receiver is connected to my computer). I also used to occasionally record off the web. All of these functions seem to be working well on the new computer except the last one. I’ve looked through the tips and tutorials, as well as this forum, and tried many of the suggestions, but nothing works.

Everything I’ve learned to do on Audacity has been extremely hard-won, as I’m deeply untechnical, and I’m loathe to upgrade to a newer version and have to learn many things all over again. In addition, I’m wary of what new problems I might have to solve with a new version. If I can solve this one now, I’ll be content. If I can’t, I’ll live without the capability, but it would be nice to have it. Thanks.

Have a read of this tutorial from the Audacity Manual, it should help you:

In particular try using the WASAPI host method (works well on my W10 PC and whenit previously ran W7):


I’m using a version of Audacity that doesn’t have WASAPI. Those drop-down menus read (from left to right): MME/Windows DirectSound, Headphones (High Definition)/Microsoft Soundmapper, Line In (High Definition)/Microsoft Soundmapper, and 1 (Mono) Input/2 (Stereo) Input.

This might be a function of my having installed it from a saved folder.

Looking again at the tutorial, I see that it says to use WASAPI for Windows Vista, 7 or 8 only. I have Windows 10.

I have Windows 10 and I have WASAPI - I use it ver successfully all the time.

II’ll fix the Tutorial for the Manual for the next release


But where do you find WASAPI? As I said, it doesn’t show up in the audio host menu on my version of Audacity.

That is because you have such an old version of Audacity (2.0.1). The WASAPI host was introduced in Audacity 2.0.4. So if you are determined not to upgrade, you can’t use WASAPI. But upgrading to the current 2.1.2 should be much less of a shock than upgrading from Windows 2000 to Windows 10. :wink:

Did you follow the instructions in the tutorial to see if you can enable stereo mix in Windows Sound? Note though that many new computers don’t include stereo mix these days.


Or some of them (like mine) “hide” it by disabling it by default :angry:


You’re right. Wind10 is a pain in the neck. I downloaded and experimented with 2.1.2 on a friend’s laptop and emerged unscathed. Onward and upward! Many thanks (though I’ll probably be on here again).