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stereo mix problems

  1. #1


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    stereo mix problems


    I have been trying, on and off for nearly a year now and pretty intensely in the last week, to get the stereo mix problem sorted and still nothing.
    My system comprises; W8/64bit pro with media centre, asus crosshair v formula mobo, amd 6 core processor, 8gb ram, Creative Audigy SE soundcard. I have main spkrs in the green jack, headphones in the black jack, nothing connected to the blue in or the orange out. My Realtek drivers (R271) are up-to-date. There are no recent updates to the card software (currently version 5.12.1.2018 / dated 03/08/2009). It is set to 4.1 and I can only change the Creative Soundblaster settings thru the 'audio control settings' from the 'soundblaster' tab in 'speaker properties'. There is no win8 support from Creative for a full interface. All the bits n bobs from Creative are installed on my pc but only 'audio control settings' and 'Wave Studio7' are functioning.
    I have plugged something in to the blue line-in and Audacity recorded it - no probs.
    In sound properties - 'show disabled' and 'show disconnected' is checked, everything is disabled except my speakers turned up full (creative drivers) in playback. Everything is disabled in the 'recording' tab of 'sound' except for 'stereo mix'(realtek high definition audio driver) which of course, does not light up when ANYTHING is playing in the background. The level is up full and it makes no difference if the 'listen thru this device' is unchecked or not. but I dont know the difference between 'default playback device' and 'speakers (sb audigy)' concerning the 'playback thru this device;'? either makes no difference
    It has been suggested that I will never get this problem solved owing to the way my mobo has been wired to crack down on users directly recording fom the interweb. I also tried plugging my speakers into the line-in jack...to no avail.
    I still can't tell wether this is a problem with my mobo, soundcard, W8, Realtek or Creative.
    Any suggestions welcome - thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    First, you can only have one default audio playback device. Second having both the RealTek enabled and the drivers installed and the SoundBlaster installed with drivers can cause conflicts. Only use one or the other. I would suggest only using the RealTek and removing the SoundBlaster Audigy SE (an old sound card as I used one with Windows XP).

    Also, use the RealTek driver from ASUS for your motherboard. You can download generic drivers from RealTek but they have a notice on the downloads to get the drivers from your PC or Motherboard vendor.

    Do this and see if you can get the Stereo Mix.

    I do a lot of audio work as I have a recording studio (using Sonar X2).
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    if uninstall my soundcard divers won't I lose soundblaster audio control settings...
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    Yes, but you will have the RealTek controls and the RealTek HD Audio Manager after you reinstall the RealTek drivers.

    Here is a screen shot of my RealTek HD Audio Manager.

    Click image for larger version

    And, my Sound Recording Panel

    Click image for larger version
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  5. #5


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    Will realtek assume control over my creative soundcard ? or will it revert back to the on-board sound??
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    It will revert back to the on-board (on the motherboard) sound and connections. You will have to physically remove the SoundBlaster.
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    Tonight I will disable Realtek first. See what I get then remove the card and drivers and reinstall Realtek and post the results, cheers.
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    Now its working. I firstly disabled Realtek, SB worked with but no 'stereo mix'. Then disabled SB and re-enabled Realtek with on-board sound moving my output jacks to the mobo, 'stereo mix' now works and I'm able to record audio streams. I also have the Realtek audio control interface. The sound quality is ok but would still prefer to have a dedicated soundcard that had the functionality of RT but with decent hi-fi sound. in summary the two drivers were in conflict, I kind-of assumed that they performed separate but overlapping functions...ho-hum.
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  9. #9


    The two sound "cards" conflicting is a common problem. I don't hear any difference between the old Audigy SE, a newer SoundBlaster Xfi and the on-board RealTek for my applications. However, as I have a recording studio, I use my "studio monitor" speakers if I want super hi fidelity.
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  10. #10


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    My mobo has s/pdif optical out...so, in theory, this goes to a DAC and voila!
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