sound card

Stereo Mix Available via Dell

Stereo Mix - a reality.  I’m talking about the sound card option that had been removed on some Dell laptops and desktops purchased during the past few years.   The option was not available, on purpose.  This week, Dell released a new driver where the Stereo Mix option is a choice. My laptop is now letting me successfully record both sides of a Skype conversation.  I really did not believe it was going to work – but it does!  Here are my steps:

Sound Card Manager

RoMac Sound Card Management allows you set up each of your programs that use a sound with its own individual levels for a sound card, and then launch the program. When you quit the selected program, the RoMac Sound Card Management utility will return all the sound card levels back to normal. It works also for Windows Vista (freeware).

Freeware/Donation http://www.romacsoftware.com/SoundManagement.htm

Sound Card Requirements

I have summarized some resources about sound card requirements on my course notes 2.3 metalist:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dg9xxrf5_214gjr99k

After assessing my existing hardware and looking at some blog entries, I noticed that this issue has not

received much attention, even though the sound card is the central workhorse in webcasting.

Audacity Controlling my Sound Control Panel...

Audio Recording Control

Hi --- I was webcasting last week through an pa system -- so I was going directly into my soundcard via a 1/8 inch audio cable from the mixing board. I selected the Stereo Mix Audio Recording Control and put the volume up and was not getting any input from my sound card to Simplecast or Audacity. I panicked, restarted Simplecast, checked my audio settings -- nothing seemed to work. So I closed and opened Audacity, and then I saw that the microphone was selected in the audio input in Audacity. I changed that to Audio Mix and that fixed the problem.

Audio Input Selector in Audacity

So what does this all mean? I think that Audacity may take over some of your Audio settings on your computers, so checking the settings there before you start streaming is important. I hope that this helps some of you.

- Alex

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