Stereo Mix Recording-Birdlike Noise

Hello, I’m running Audacity 2.0.3 on a Windows 7 Compaq and I downloaded the .exe installer. I’m having difficulties when trying to record Stereo Mix (Realtek), and I’ve been messing around with it for awhile with no good results. I always get a strange noise, a sharp, almost bird-like noise, one that is obviously unnatural. It also sounds sort of like a hyperactive squirrel. Sometimes I will manage to get the actual audio from what I want to record in, but for the most part it doesn’t register. I have it set to stereo instead of mono, and there appears to be slight clipping. If I can get this noise removed, I’m okay with the clipping, but this bird-squirrel-mechanic thing is driving me nuts and making it impossible for me to record. If anyone could help me with this/point me to an answer, it’d be much appreciated. Thanks.

It sounds like you have the sound pathways confused, and also you may be running into Windows Enhanced Services.

On some computers, the speaker volume control affects the recording. So if you like listening loudly to the show as it’s being recorded, that may be where the clipping and overload is coming from. If you’re not recording that way (and you should), that may be where your noise is coming from.


I managed to fix it some other way (I’m still not sure how, I think I may have watched this video tutorial on YouTube) but thank you. Although, I actually had to blare the audio very, very loudly to get it to record, and then I had to amplify that.