Cannot Record Audio Sound

  1.    01 Oct 2016 #1

    Cannot Record Audio Sound


    I cannot record/capture the audio sound playing from a media player on my laptop desktop. However, the recording software's i've tried using (Audacity) (Total Recorder) picks-up/records the sound from the TV or any other sound in the room.

    For some reason unknown i only have microphone showing under the Recording Tab.

    (1) I have gone into recordings and there is no sign of (Stereo Mix)
    (2) I have Right Clicked - That shows - Show Disabled Devices & Show Disconnected Devices
    (3) Nothing appears
    (4) I have downloaded and installed - High Definition Audio Codecs (Software)
    (5) I have gone back into recordings and there is no sign of (Stereo Mix)
    (6) I have Right Clicked again - That shows - Show Disabled Devices & Show Disconnected Devices
    (7) Still nothing

    Grateful for any advice.

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  2.    01 Oct 2016 #2

    You need Stereo Mix.

    Please post your system specs. Can't really help you without knowing what you have.
    Also did this ever work? Is this a PC that was upgraded from some other OS or did it come with Windows 10?

    If it never worked, there are some PC's that the PC Vendor has disabled Stereo Mix and you can't enable it. I have that problem on a 1 year old Toshiba Laptop. The only way I can get Stereo Mix would be to use a USB connected sound "card" that has that option. If it were a desktop I could install a sound card with that option.
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  3.    01 Oct 2016 #3

    @Fanore Beach, welcome to! :)

    Check this tutorial from the "Help" file:

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       01 Oct 2016 #4

    Edwin said: View Post
    Check this tutorial from the "Help" file:
    The link to the most recent version of that page is:

    Although it states that:
    Windows WASAPI: This host only appears on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8,
    I seem to have WASPI on mine (probably a leftover from upgrading 7 to 10, I got Audacity while on 7) - works for me...

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  5.    01 Oct 2016 #5

    I have a recording studio (Sonar). Audacity is defaulted to Stereo Mix, it can be changed to mic or Line In but to record streaming audio from the internet (or what is playing on the PC) it needs Stereo Mix. If that is not there I don't think using ASIO or ASIO4ALL (I do not recommend ASIO4ALL as it is known to cause problems) or WDM/KS will help. It needs the Stereo Mix or a 3rd party program that allows recording without stereo mix.
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  6.    02 Oct 2016 #6

    Thanks for all the replies. I shall take a look at all the information.

    Thanks Edwin for your kind welcome!
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