USB Audio Grabber

I am trying to use a Winstars USB Video & Audio Grabber, however Audacity does not seem to recognise that it exists. Looking at USB Turntables and Cassette Players it would appear that it should be able to see a USB Audio Codec which it can’t. I would therefore appreciate any advice

System details:
Window 7 64bit Service Pack 1
Processor AMD E2-3000M APU with Radeon™ HD Graphics, 1800 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
Name AMD High Definition Audio Device
Manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices
Status OK
PNP Device ID HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_1002&DEV_AA01&SUBSYS_00AA0100&REV_10024&219F2952&0&0001
Driver c:windowssystem32driversatihdw76.sys (, 112.02 KB (114,704 bytes), 30/03/2011 23:46)

Name IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
Manufacturer IDT
Status OK
PNP Device ID HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_7605&SUBSYS_103C3566&REV_10014&2562CA9C&0&0001
Driver c:windowssystem32driversstwrt64.sys (6.10.6341.0, 516.00 KB (528,384 bytes), 25/10/2011 09:42)

Audacity 2.0.5 .exe installer

Any help would be appreciated


How is this device expected to work?

Normally, if Windows can recognize the device, Audacity can use it…

Right click on the speaker/volume control icon and select Recording Devices to see if it shows up. If Windows doesn’t see it as an audio recording device, Audacity won’t see it either.

Your device probably creates an audio/video file, and you may need to use the supplied audio/video software. If you want to record audio only, you may need to record an audio/video file (with “blank” video if you wish).

Then you can open the audio portion with Audacity, optionally edit the audio, and save in a normal audio-only format. (You may need the optional Audacity ffmpeg library, depending on the audio/video format.)

Is the device listed in the Windows Sound Control Panel as a working audio device? If not, then Audacity can’t use it.

I suggest you find and read the Manual for the exact version number of the Grabber that you have: .

From reading one of the Manuals, it appears to be a video device, meaning you will have to record and save a file using the device’s own software, as Doug said.

If it is seen by Windows as an audio device and you connected the device after launching Audacity, restart Audacity or use Transport > Rescan Audio Devices at the top of the Audacity menus.

Audacity may not see it even if Windows does see it as an audio device. Windows Sound will usually recognise devices that record a single combined video and audio stream (like some web cams), but Audacity will only see a device that sends a separate audio stream (either that’s all it sends, or it sends separate audio and video streams).