How can I record playback audio and mic?

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  1. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    How can I record playback audio and mic?


    Basically, I want to record myself singing karaoke. I want to record using my G933 headset (which if you didn't know, has a mic), and also at the same time, record the audio of what YouTube video I'm playing on my computer.

    Is this possible? I would think it should be. How would I go about doing this?

    I saw a couple of videos on Audicity but I couldn't seem to get it working.
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  2. Posts : 35,402
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    If you just want a one-off at a very basic level, the Voice Recorder app included in Windows can do this.

    Just tried Abba via youtube and me talking- it recorded both.
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  3. Posts : 834
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 21H2 19044.1766
       #3

    JOSHSKORN said:
    I saw a couple of videos on Audicity but I couldn't seem to get it working.
    Audacity should work.

    I've had to fiddle with the Audacity Preferences making sure it and Windows were defaulting to 'Stereo Mix'.

    Audacity Device Preferences:

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-audacitypreferencesdevices.jpg

    Control Panel > Sound:

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-stereomixdefault.jpg


    Also if you're getting this error when attempting to record:

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-microphoneaccessblockedaudacityerror.jpg


    You'll need to make sure that under Start > Settings > Privacy > Microphone

    You've set 'Allow apps to access your microphone' to (●) ON

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-settingsmicrophoneaccessforaudacity.jpg
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  4. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    dalchina said:
    If you just want a one-off at a very basic level, the Voice Recorder app included in Windows can do this.

    Just tried Abba via youtube and me talking- it recorded both.
    LOL it took me a sec. I take it you tried recording yourself with the BAND, "ABBA" via Voice Recorder, and it worked for you.

    As for me, no such luck.
    Farvatten said:
    Audacity should work.

    I've had to fiddle with the Audacity Preferences making sure it and Windows were defaulting to 'Stereo Mix'.

    Audacity Device Preferences:

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-audacitypreferencesdevices.jpg

    Control Panel > Sound:

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-stereomixdefault.jpg


    Also if you're getting this error when attempting to record:

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-microphoneaccessblockedaudacityerror.jpg


    You'll need to make sure that under Start > Settings > Privacy > Microphone

    You've set 'Allow apps to access your microphone' to (●) ON

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-settingsmicrophoneaccessforaudacity.jpg
    I appreciate the effort you went through to take those screen shots. Unfortunately, this did not work for me.

    I actually have a few recording devices plugged into my computer. Originally:
    • Line-In - plugs into the Headphone jack on audio receiver. Currently turned off, so it is listed as "Not Plugged In"
    • Logitech C922x Webcam, has a microphone as well. I disabled the microphone on it, after noticing its mic was picking up sounds when I attempted recording again after changing my settings according to your instructions. Once I disabled this, I saw no green light indicators indicating sound was being picked up.
    • Logitech G933 Headset - this is my default Recording and Playback device (Default Communication device). I did change the default to Stereo Mix as indicated in your instructions, no luck though.
    • Microphone - Realtek High Definition Audio - Not Plugged in, as I don't use 3.5mm microphones
    • Stereo Mix - As per your instructions, I made sure this was enabled and set as the Default Device.


    Any thoughts as to why I'm having issues getting this to work? Does this by chance have anything to do with the fact that I use USB devices for Recording and Playback?
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  5. Posts : 834
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 21H2 19044.1766
       #5

    JOSHSKORN said:
    Any thoughts as to why I'm having issues getting this to work? Does this by chance have anything to do with the fact that I use USB devices for Recording and Playback?
    I don't use a mic as general rule so my experience is limited to what I'd found necessary to record what I'm listening to out the speakers.


    But I felt challenged enough to try the ABBA test with my USB Ear / Microphone headset and found some success with this specific combination:

    In Windows > Control Panel > Sound:

    Set Sound 'Recording' Tab to USB Ear - Microphone as default

    --- Under Properties > 'Levels' Tab - Set Microphone as low as you can, mine was set to 5 ( Prevents feedback )
    --- Under Properties > Listen' Tab - Check box [x] Listen to this device
    ----------------------------- Playback through this Device: Default Playback Device

    Then

    Set Sound 'Playback' Tab to Speakers / Headphones


    Then In Audacity:

    The the trick seemed to be setting Audio Host from 'MME' to 'Windows WASAPI' ( see image)

    Then
    Recording set to Stereo Mix
    Output set to Speakers / Headphones


    Hope this helps. ;o)

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-audacityrecordmicrophonewithspeakers.jpg

    How can I record playback audio and mic?-audacityrecordmicrophonewithspeakerswindowssettings.jpg
    Last edited by Farvatten; 16 Jun 2020 at 00:17.
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  6. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Farvatten said:
    Set Sound 'Recording' Tab to USB Ear - Microphone as default

    Set Sound 'Playback' Tab to Speakers / Headphones
    I think my problem may be here. I'm assuming that I could use my Logitech G933 Headset in place of USB Ear - Microphone. However, on my computer, it will not let me use my Speakers (in yours, apparently it's labeled Speakers / Headphones but also mentions it's a Realtek device). Mine is grayed out, because I don't use this port on my computer. I only use one of two things: Either HDMI from my video card to a receiver, or for the most part, I use only my G933 headset as a speaker.

    So the question may be, do I HAVE TO have something plugged into my 3.5mm speaker jack to accomplish what i want to do or is there a workaround?
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  7. Posts : 834
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 21H2 19044.1766
       #7

    JOSHSKORN said:
    So the question may be, do I HAVE TO have something plugged into my 3.5mm speaker jack to accomplish what i want to do or is there a workaround?
    Unfortunately we've moved out of my pay grade at this point. Perhaps @fireberd , who's depth of audio knowledge is well respected here in this forum might see something in your particular settings situation that might help you.
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  8. Posts : 35,402
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Just for clarification- sorry if I've missed it- can you manage to record anything at all- either a sound source on your PC, or you using a microphone, or do both fail to record?
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  9. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    dalchina said:
    Just for clarification- sorry if I've missed it- can you manage to record anything at all- either a sound source on your PC, or you using a microphone, or do both fail to record?
    Here's the situation. I want to record:
    • My computer as each sound plays - Specifically a YouTube video played from Google Chrome - This is what's stumping me
    • My microphone on my Logitech G933 Headset - easy enough, this works fine

    I've tried the above solutions. Unfortunately, it looks like you have to have a 3.5mm playback device plugged in, to which I do not, as one solution mentioned to select Speakers / Headphones (or on my computer, it's just Speakers), both of which, are labeled a Realtek High Definition Audio. I actually only own USB playback devices. Mind you, I'm using a Desktop PC, so I'm guessing since Laptops have their own built-in speakers, results may vary.
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  10. Posts : 35,402
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #10

    Perhaps by way of a clue, on this laptop I don't have stereo mix available, so settings are simple.
    I'm guessing that the problem is the selection of the output device.

    Is this of interest?
    How can I record playback audio and mic?-1.png

    Guides:
    How to Record the Sound Coming From Your PC (Even Without Stereo Mix)
    Tutorial - Recording Computer Playback on Windows - Audacity Manual

    If really stuck:
    How To: Install & Setup Stereo Mix / "What You Hear" - On Windows 10

    This claims to make it easy: (not tried it- looks good from screenshots)
    Free Sound Recorder - Capture any sound played by your computer
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