Record Audio

By billyellis
Apr 7, 2009
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  1. Hi,

    I can't get any sound recording program to record the audio from my computer (specifically a midi keyboard program that I use to record melodies). My old desktop worked fine in this department, but this newer laptop refuses to 'hear' any sounds without a microphone.

    I read post #2 in this thread:
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?t=3148&highlight=record
    and looked at my audio recording properties. As you can see from the attached image, I only have microphone and line in options.

    How do I get other audio to be recordable? Even getting the default Windows Sound Recorder to work would be good enough for my purposes.

    Thanks.
  2. billyellis

    billyellis TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 180

    http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/01/15/how-to-enable-wave-out-recording-in-vista/

    This page talks about how the wave option is hidden in Vista and how to restore it, but I have XP, so (a) it should be there and (b) there is no recording tab to go to like the instructions for Vista describe. So why is there no wave option on my XP recording options?

    EDIT:
    http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1160156768
    Apparently this a problem with the crappy sound cards (SigmaTel) that Dell installs on their laptops, which do not include the wave mix/stereo mix option.

    Has anyone with the same hardware found a good solution? I have tried several regularly suggested sound recording programs, but not have worked to capture the computer sound. :(
  3. billyellis

    billyellis TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 180

    Found the solution. After reading dozens of threads on the same issue, it seems that the RIAA wanted to see what would happen if they took away our ability to record streaming sound, thereby preventing people from recording music off the internet. So they got Dell to install a restricted driver on new laptops that removed the option to record the wave/stereo mix. Enough people have angrily called in to Dell support, however, that they have posted an updated driver that restores the function. If you go to their site:
    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
    and enter your config, you can download the new driver that removes the test restriction. A-holes.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    Interesting thread! (not the least of which is because you asked, solved and explained your own problem for others!)

    Thanks for the info :)
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  6. billyellis

    billyellis TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 180

    Well, I'm not sure what it says about me. :blackeye: I feel a bit stupid posting a question when a lot of searching and reading eventually led me to the answer on my own. But after I didn't get a reply to my post I was forced to take a big chunk of time to search for the answer. Usually I post here when I have questions that I assume someone knows the answer to already in hopes that there is an easy solution that I missed. I don't know if that makes me practical or lazy. But either way, I was glad to discover that this was a real issue and not just me being stupid. :)
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