| From Patrick
| Mon, 14 May 2007 23:43:35 -0500
| Subject: [Audacity-help] Audacity Help
| I was just wondering how do you turn on the option to where it usually
| says "Line In" to "What You Here"
| I have that option for Audacity on my PC, but it doesn't show up on my
| laptop. Is there something I have to turn on in the program or
The recording source options displayed on Windows and Linux systems in
Audacity's Mixer Toolbar dropdown relate to the sound device you have
selected as the recording device in Audacity at Edit > Preferences > Audio
I/O. The drivers of that selected device (not Audacity) then determine
what recording source options are displayed in the Mixer Toolbar dropdown.
The sound device on your laptop may simply lack the "What U Hear" or similar
option for recording the computer's sound output, which you have on the PC.
Or the laptop may be running with outdated generic drivers that do not offer this
option, or are not automatically making it available.
You should try to select the input source you want in the Windows system mixer
instead of in Audacity.
Assuming you're on Windows XP or earlier, click Start > (Settings) > Control
Panel > Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio devices (or
right-click on the speaker icon in the System Tray > Adjust Audio Properties).
Then click on the Audio tab, on "Volume" under the "Sound Recording" panel,
and select your input.
If the option you want to record the computer output is available, it could have a
number of different names such as:
* Stereo Mix
* What U Hear
* Wave Out
If you don't see such an option, be aware that input sources are sometimes
available to use, but hidden. To check this on Windows XP or earlier, click
"Volume" under the "Sound Recording" panel again, then Options > Properties.
Select your sound device in the Mixer Device panel, and ensure all the boxes
in the window below are checked. Click OK.
If the source you wanted was in the window list, it will now be available to
select in the recording Volume Control, so try selecting it there now, exit
Audacity, restart it and try recording in Audacity. If the sound device has
a dedicated Control Panel of its own, you can also try selecting your input
If you still cannot get a source option for recording the computer sound, you
should try updating the sound device drivers. You want the latest ones for your
computer model from the manufacturer of the sound device or motherboard. Do
not use Microsoft drivers as they are only low quality generic drivers. It is best to
update your soundcard drivers using Windows Device Manager.
To access Device Manager on XP and earlier, click Start > (Settings) > Control
Panel > System, click on the Hardware tab, then on the "Device Manager" button
on the Device Manager panel. Expand "Sound, Video and Game Controllers" by
clicking on the + sign, right-click on the sound device and click "update driver".
If the drivers are updated and this gives you an option to record the computer
sound, try it and see if it works. Otherwise, right-click on the device again, click
Properties and then on the Driver tab to check who the current "Driver Provider"
is. If it is Microsoft, note the name of the sound device instead (where you
right-click over it) and visit the website of the stated driver or sound device
manufacturer. If they don't provide driver downloads, go to the site of the
motherboard manufacturer for help.
If your sound device really has no "what u hear" option for capturing the
computer sound internally (even after a driver update), you can also try running
a cable from the line-out (green) port on the back of the computer to the line-in
(blue), and choose the line-in source in Audacity's dropdown selector. This will
mean you cannot hear what you are recording, but you can buy a single stereo to
double stereo adaptor that will give you a jack to plug the speakers into whilst
feeding in the line input. As another alternative you can buy an external USB
soundcard that will give you a "stereo mix" type option.
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