Recording playback on Windows 10

I have Audacity on an external drive that I’ve used on my Windows 7 machine. It records whatever is being played back perfectly. I plugged it into a new Windows 10 laptop and the recording are all quite tinny. Exact same original recording used in both cases. Playback of the original recording through iTunes or other application sounds fine.

Is this just a Windows 10 driver problem or is there something new I need to do?

Windows 10
Dell XPS 13
Audacity 2.1.1 from .exe installer

How are you recording? Are you using “WASAPI loopback”? (

How are you listening to the recording? Headphones? Computer speakers? Built-in laptop speakers?

I’m using “Windows WASAPI” as the Audio Host and “Speakers/Headphones (Realtek)” as the Recording Device. I’m using “Speakers/Headphones (Realtek)” as the playback through the laptop’s speakers. I’m doing the latter for all A:B comparisons…e.g., Audacity to iTunes.

Please be aware that recording to external drives (that is, specifying the external drive as Audacity’s temporary folder in Directories Preferences) risks recording dropouts due to slower speed of external drives compared to hard drives. Merely exporting to the external drive is fine.

A/B comparison with iTunes or not, you must expect tinny playback in built-in laptop speakers (if that is what you mean).

Make sure the Audacity project rate bottom left is not less than 44100 Hz.

If you change to MME host for playback in Audacity does it make any difference?


You can do this through audacity itself. Simply enable your stereo mix and make a few configurations on audacity and you’re good to go.
Also, you can check out this guide over stereo mix as well: https: [Dubious link removed by moderator]
Hope this helps, cheers!

This method is also described in the Audacity manual on the same page as my previous link: Tutorial - Recording Computer Playback on Windows - Audacity Manual .

However, “WASAPI loopback” is generally the more reliable and preferred method.

Installing codecs or 3rd party drivers found on the Internet is NOT advised - unless you know exactly what you are doing, this is potentially very dangerous and can cause serious problems on the computer.