To enable “Stereo Mix” in Windows and record audio from your computer’s sound output, you can follow these steps:
Note: The availability of the “Stereo Mix” option can vary depending on your specific sound card and audio drivers. If you don’t see the “Stereo Mix” option, it’s possible that your sound card or audio drivers do not support it.
- Right-click on the speaker icon located in the system tray on the Windows taskbar. Select “Sounds” from the context menu.
- In the Sound settings window, go to the “Recording” tab.
- Right-click on an empty area in the list of recording devices and make sure that both “Show Disabled Devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices” are checked. This will display all available recording devices, including “Stereo Mix.”
- If “Stereo Mix” is listed but disabled, right-click on it and select “Enable.” If “Stereo Mix” is not listed, it means that your sound card or audio drivers do not support it.
- Once “Stereo Mix” is enabled, right-click on it and select “Set as Default Device.” This sets “Stereo Mix” as the default recording device, allowing you to capture audio output.
- Click “OK” to save the changes and close the Sound settings window.
- Now, you can use an audio recording software or app of your choice (e.g., Audacity, Windows Voice Recorder) to record audio from your computer’s sound output. In the recording software, set the input source to “Stereo Mix” or “What You Hear” (depending on the software), and start the recording.
With “Stereo Mix” enabled and set as the default recording device, it captures any audio playing through your computer’s sound system, including system sounds, music, and application sounds. Remember to adjust the volume levels and configure the recording settings in your recording software to ensure optimal audio capture.
If you don’t see the “Stereo Mix” option or encounter any issues, it could indicate that your sound card or audio drivers do not support it. In that case, you may need to explore alternative methods or software solutions to record audio from your computer’s sound output.