Thin tinny recorded sound

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pmurphy7
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Thin tinny recorded sound

Post by pmurphy7 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:54 pm

I'm trying to record music streaming on my computer with Windows 10 and a Realtek sound card. I've read all the forums I can find and tutorials but I still can't solve what seems to be a common problem...the recorded sound is much thinner and tinny compared to the streaming sound. The Mic is disabled and Stereo Mix is enabled with the level adjusted to 80 (I've tried all different levels), I can watch the sound bars on the Stereo Mix when I'm recording, so it appears that the sound is going through that path. I have tried every combination of Audio Host and Recording device and it all sounds the same. My Audio Host choices are MME, Windows Direct Sound & WASAPI. My Recording Device choices are Speakers (loopback), Stereo Mix and Primary Sound Capture Driver. What am I missing??

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Re: Thin tinny recorded sound

Post by kozikowski » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:11 pm

Do you have built-in microphone and do you know where it is? Mine is just left of the left-hand shift key.

Do a test recording and tap the area around the microphone. It is intended you not hear anything. If you do, somehow, you're recording the microphone instead of the Stereo-Mix pathway.

There's another possibility, too. You may be recording more than one pathway. Do you have Skype or other chat program running in the background?

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Re: Thin tinny recorded sound

Post by pmurphy7 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:29 pm

I do have a built in mic in the same place as yours. I tried the tapping trick and it did not pick up anything on the recording. I figured with the mic disabled on the recording devices in the sound menu it should not pick anything up. I do not have Skype or any other programs running in the background.

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Re: Thin tinny recorded sound

Post by kozikowski » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:43 am

Windows will occasionally try to help you by applying echo management and noise cancellation automatically in the background. If you're processing music, the processing will try to suppress it.

I know you don't have this exact problem, but this is where to find the adjustments.

http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_ ... hancements

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Re: Thin tinny recorded sound

Post by pmurphy7 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:53 pm

Thanks for your help. I'm starting to think it is something with Microsoft and streaming sources to keep you from making good copies of music. Audacity works fine from other "line" sources.

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