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

Chris Nusbaum dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 01:38:10 GMT 2011

Thank you Mary! Will all this work with a USB headset as a 


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 ----- Original Message -----
From: Mary Emerson <maryemerson at sbcglobal.net
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Date sent: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:39:34 -0800
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] for those on this list who contribute 
podcasts toMain	Menu or are interested in audio production: 
question about	"stereomix" on Windows 7

Chris and list,

A lot of what you can do with recording depends on your sound 
among other things.  I have a Sound Blaster external sound card, 
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 
of the control panel, you can choose the external sound card, and 
choose what u hear.  This lets you record your voice plus any 
coming out of the PC itself.

I prefer to use Studio Recorder as my recording software.  One of 
options within Studio Recorder is the wave devices.  If you have 
external sound card, you choose it from the list of wave devices, 
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 
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 
(that's the end key, not the word and); control-end gets you to 
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 
among other things, some sliders which are set to different 
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 
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 
At that point, press alt-f4 to get out of the mixer; this also 
gets you out of the system tray.

When I enter a program that will produce sounds, including skype, 
recording software, or winamp, I get into system tray and enter 
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 
recording software you use.  Your best bet would be to get some 
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 
you buy.  All the PCs I've bought don't have a "what u hear" on 
default sound cards.

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