Problems Recording PC Sounds? Here are some troubleshooting steps to help.
If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7,
You should be able to record PC sounds easily. In the Record wizard or in the Sound tab of recording options, check the Record sound box and select the 'PC Speakers (what you hear)' option.
If you use Windows XP
You might need to perform additional configuration as follows:
- In the Record wizard or on the Sound tab of recording options, check the "Record sound" box.
If you can check the box, proceed to the next step.
If it is disabled, your computer may be unable to record the PC sounds. On some computers, sound capture is deliberately disabled to prevent copyright violation. You should search the Internet for: "-your pc model- cannot record pc sounds speakers", but there may or may not be a solution.
- Make sure that a sound level indicator moves in time with the sound you hear from the PC speakers.
If the level indicator changes with the sound, you should be able to record the PC sound. Click OK or Next to save recording options.
If the level indicator remains unchanged, go to Step 3.
- In the Sound Source section, select PC speakers (what you hear) and click the "Select Sounds to Mix" button, if it is is enabled.
If it is enabled, on the window shown next, make sure that any sources called “Wave”, “PC speakers”, “What you hear” or something similar are selected. Click OK and check the sound level again (Step 2).
If it is disabled, go to the next step.
- Go to the Windows Control Panel → Sounds and Audio Devices, switch to the Audio tab and in the Sound Recording section, click the Volume button.
On the Recording Control window, choose Properties from the Options menu. Make sure that all volume controls in the list are checked and click OK.
Back on the Recording Control window, select the source called “Stereo Mix”, close the window and return to Step 3.
If you still cannot record the PC sounds, we would advise searching the Internet for a solution for your particular PC model, for example “-your pc model- cannot record pc sounds speakers”.
How do I record PC sounds and microphone together?
If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, select an option to record PC sounds and microphone to separate tracks. You can do it in the Record wizard or on the Sound tab of recording options.
If you use Windows XP, make sure that you can record PC sounds in general (see above). Next, follow these steps:
- In the Record wizard or on the Sound tab of recording options, select PC speakers (what you hear) in the Sound Source section. Then click the "Select Sounds to Mix" button.
If the button is disabled, refer to the question “How do I record PC sounds” above.
- On the Select Sounds window, check Microphone. Also check “Wave”, “PC speakers”, “What you hear” or other similarly named sources. Click OK.
If you can do this, you should be able to record sound from your microphone and PC speakers.
Remember that quality of the recorded sound depends on your PC, and for Windows XP it is usually not possible to record the microphone and the PC sounds with high quality. Also, while recording the PC sounds, you may sound unclear to other callers in a Skype conversation.
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