Recording my stereo mix yields silence w/ EVERY PROGRAM...
FRUSTRATION CITY 2010, MAN.
The title pretty much says it all, but here's my problem in a butt shell...
I'm trying to record streaming audio from the stereo output of my computer. This never used to be an issue, as XP's Sound Recorder has always served me well enough. But after a while, any time I'd try to record anything, it would only track silence. SR's not a complex program, so there aren't many settings to mess with to derail me so completely.
I downloaded RecordPad from CNet and that worked great... until the same thing happened right before the trial version ran out. I've seriously been through 10 friggin' wav and mp3 recorders, and none of them are picking up the stereo output, only recording silence. I've scowered the internet and screwed with as many sound settings as I know. And I'm nowhere.
FOR THE LOVE OF CRAP, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS ON THIS?
any help anyone can throw my way will be most appreciated!
In general, there has to be software mixer application, such as the one Windows comes with, or the proprietary one from the manufacturer of most soundcards. The audio path through the soundcardís mixer chip has to be enabled in the mixer panel software. The recording application has to be recording from the mixer chip output, not from the line in, microphone in, etc. Not all professional soundcards have this ability, as it isnít much use to most recording professionals, and it doesnít exist for many external (USB/firewire) soundcards.
If you are still using XP (if not it would help to know which OS)
open the 'volume control' app, see attached image 01. From options menu select 'properties', then select recording. If it has a 'stereo mix' (Creative SB cards used to call it 'What you hear') option as an input, select, chk that. See image #2.
In your recording app you need to select the same hardware for which you made this change. If you have more then one hardware AD option it will be selectable in the firsts 'properties' screen.
If you do not have a 'stereo mix (what you hear)' option would need to know more about specifics of system: OS and audio hardware; to make any more concrete suggestions.