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Can't Record Audio playing from computer

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Can't Record Audio playing from computer


    I've been attempting to screen capture with Ice Cream Screen Recorder and each time, it doesn't record the audio from the computer. I thought maybe the software settings were off, but it was enabled to record the audio. I looked at my recording devices and noticed that I had 4.





    (my Playback devices):


    The sound bar obviously works on my Asus monitor (playback devices) but I get no results for anything in the recording.


    Some pertinent information:
    1) Motherboard: asus motherboard z97-ar
    2) Graphics card: evga gtx 750 ti ftw
    3) I play my audio through my monitor which is connected to my computer via HDMI. The HDMI is connected to the HDMI output on my graphics card
    4) I have a Blues Yeti microphone that occasionally gets plugged in.

    Not sure if this helps but here is the Realtek HD Audio Manager screen:


    I know that I have to make Stereo Mix as default, which I did, but the sound bars don't light up.


    I've done some reading but I'm completely lost. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

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  2. #2


    Is the recorder program set to record audio from the Stereo Mix?

    For testing, try to record audio (you can record audio from YouTube for example) from the Internet to a program such as the free Audacity recording program. If this works, the problem would appear to be in the recorder program you are using.

    Audacity | SourceForge.net
    I've seen reports that Audacity contains crapware so be observant when installing and uncheck the garbage.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    Is the recorder program set to record audio from the Stereo Mix?

    For testing, try to record audio (you can record audio from YouTube for example) from the Internet to a program such as the free Audacity recording program. If this works, the problem would appear to be in the recorder program you are using.

    Audacity | SourceForge.net
    I've seen reports that Audacity contains crapware so be observant when installing and uncheck the garbage.
    I've tried that and set the microphone input to Stereo Mix but I get nothing but a flat line. If I play a youtube video or something, the sound bar in the recording devices window for Stereo Mix doesn't do anything.
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  4. #4


    Has this ever worked? or never worked?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    Has this ever worked? or never worked?
    I haven't tried it ever. I recently built my PC a few months back and I didn't have a use for it until now.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I think I figured this out. What I'm guessing is the problem is that the Stereo Mix uses Realtek drivers while I connected my HDMI to my NVIDIA Graphics card. I played around a bit and came to the following conclusion:
    I needed to get the "speakers" playback device enabled so I put in a 3.5 mm extension cord (male to male) into the green 3.5mm jack in the back of my system. I configured it to act as a Headphone in the Realtek Audio Manager and then went to the devices and set the "Speakers" as default. In the recording tab, I set stereo mix to "listen to this device" and "playback" my HDMI connected monitor for sound (so my sound works). Then it works properly and I can record my system audio. One thing I noticed was that my monitor audio sounded lower when the playback device was set to "Speakers" than the actual monitor so I decided to attempt configuring the front audio ports and see if I would get a same reaction.

    Bottom line - I was able to configure the front audio port to act like a speaker when a 3.5mm cable was plugged in and Stereo Mix works wonderfully. The caveat is I need to connect the cable to the port before recording and changing the default device, but the alternate would be to run a 3.5 mm cord from the computer to the monitor. Problem solved, thanks fireberd for your help!
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  7. #7


    Maybe the settings is conflict with your hardware, try to switch to default settings,
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Using Stereo Mix to record audio never works on my computer, i don't know why, later i choose to use more professional screen recorder. so i think you can change a method to do this
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  9. #9


    Stereo Mix records perfectly on ALL of my PC's and on ALL of my client's PC's.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1
    windows 10


    go to your sound (right click on speaker icon in lower right on desktop) click on recording devices. This will bring up the sound recording box, now make sure whatever it is you want to monitor is on by default. Lets assume its a microphone thats plugged in, click on properties,this will bring up another box which lists usually five choices. General,Listen,levels,enhancements, advanced. Go to listen, it will bring up a box and one of the choices is "listen to this device", check it. now close it. You should be hearing something coming out of your speakers on your monitor.(assuming you have something plugged in and playing)You may have to adjust the volume up to hear it. Obviously down if its distorting. Problem solved.
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