[Mm-friends] for those on this list who contribute podcasts to Main Menu or are interested in audio production: question about "stereo mix" on Windows 7

Rick Harmon rickharmon at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 26 17:43:30 GMT 2011

That is Very good advice but he's using a USB headset and it's not going to
work with even the card you are talking about with out the aid of something
like virtual audio cable.


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Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] for those on this list who contribute podcasts to
Main Menu or are interested in audio production: question about "stereo mix"
on Windows 7

Chris and list,

A lot of what you can do with recording depends on your sound card, 
among other things. I have a Sound Blaster external sound card, model 
1090, which has a "what u hear" function; note that the word "u" is just 
the letter u, not the word y o u. When you get into the sounds function 
of the control panel, you can choose the external sound card, and also 
choose what u hear. This lets you record your voice plus any sound 
coming out of the PC itself.

I prefer to use Studio Recorder as my recording software. One of the 
options within Studio Recorder is the wave devices. If you have an 
external sound card, you choose it from the list of wave devices, both 
for input and for output. This lets you hear the playback through the 
sound card, and it lets Studio Recorder use your sound card as the 
recording input device.

Windows 7 has a sound mixer that you can use to adjust sound levels for 
all the programs you're currently running that produce sound. One way to 
get to the mixer is to go to the system tray, then use control-end 
(that's the end key, not the word and); control-end gets you to the 
bottom of the list in system tray, which will get you to speakers. Push 
enter on this, and a menu comes up; the first item will let you get into 
the mixer. Press enter; a dialog comes up; in this dialog there are, 
among other things, some sliders which are set to different percentages 
that designate various sound levels. I usually turn everything up to 100 
percent. There is no ok or cancel button in this dialog, so keep tabbing 
and setting sliders till you get to the first item you set; when you get 
to that slider, you know you've set everything up to the highest level. 
At that point, press alt-f4 to get out of the mixer; this also usually 
gets you out of the system tray.

When I enter a program that will produce sounds, including skype, or 
recording software, or winamp, I get into system tray and enter the 
mixer and adjust settings. If a setting is too low, people won't be able 
to hear it, although you may hear it through your headset.

I hope some of this helps. Most of it should be applicable to whatever 
recording software you use. Your best bet would be to get some decent 
recording software and possibly a sound card that has a "what u hear" or 
similar function. They don't all have that, so you need to check before 
you buy. All the PCs I've bought don't have a "what u hear" on their 
default sound cards.

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