I installed the free audio program WavePad and it also had the same issue using Stereo Mix. Nothing would come through. However once I changed the recording input to “[ASIO] Realtek ASIO”. The recording came through perfectly.
Can anyone shed some light as to why this is happening? Is Audacity supposed to have some sort of Asio audio driver I’m not aware of?
Change the Windows audio settings so it can “see” the stereo Line-In (that I’m assuming you have). After that, set Audacity to see the same thing and the mixer sound should arrive in perfect order.
I recently did this with my Win7 machine. Right-click the little speaker on the lower right > Open Volume Mixer.
See the green bouncing lights? Once you get those, open up Audacity and set the input config (microphone icon) to the same thing. Can you tell I’m not a Windows elf? Windows must be able to see your sound before Audacity is going to work.
That’s a pretty serious move. Why did you do that?
If nothing else works, this is the desperation method.
Thats a Behringer UCA-202. It’s bidirectional stereo and has local monitoring.
Does your laptop look more or less like this?
This machine has no stereo line-In.
This is where an actual Windows elf pops in to solve this.
Stereo Mix is used when you need to run both sides of the machine at once. Generally, you play something like music service or YouTube and then record to Audacity or another production program. Stereo Mix makes all sound services on the machine available. Did you notice that machine effects such as warning sounds or activity clicks or beeps got recorded, too? What’s why.
I have no idea why some of your computer services vanished. There is a very common problem with Windows 10 where an upgrade makes non-supported hardware and software go missing. But not Win7.