OK, while I could just use an external microphone/device to record my
computer's audio output, including surrounding sounds, maybe me talking etc.,
etc., while using my current primary windows7 ultimate 64 bit primary machine,
on machines like windows XP, it seemed you could easily enough, sometimes use
either a sort of virtual audio recording device called stereo mix, or one
called what you hear, and then using something like either audacity, or 2 other
recording apps have gotten hold of - see below - record just the computers
actual audio output, including screenreader voices, a bit more cleanly.
Anyway, on this windows7 64 bit machine, I had to firstly go and make the
stereo mix recording device show up, since it sort of gets hidden by windows7
itself - in start menu search box, I type in:
and then hit enter on "change sound card settings".
Then in that dialogue box, I ctrl + tab to recording page, and in list of
recording devices, it only showed microphone and audio line in - and this is
linked to my PC's realtek sound card.
When I then invoked a right mouse click on that list, using the jaws cursor, on
the context menu item there's a menu item saying something like show disabled
devices, and then I could find a stereo mix device listing, and if I invoked
it's properties, I could in fact enable it, make changes to it's volume levels,
However, even if I make it the default device - also from that dialogue, or
specifically choose to use it in either audacity, or the 2 apps listed below,
the sound files do have a file size, and a recorded time length, but are just
Most guys who've done something similar to this on windowsXP machines reckon
the device would normally be called something like what you hear, but anyway -
was just wondering if anyone had any ideas related to a feasible workaround for
this type of issue, asides from actually recording the PC's output using an
external device/unit/microphone placed in front of speakers, since it might be
nice to be able to record demo's/tutorial material related to some things like
this, without having to first connect external units/cables, etc. etc.
Lastly, those two bits of software found/tracked down that let you sort of
record directly to MP3 files - in theory anyway - and which while not perfectly
accessible, are still relatively usable are the 2 following ones:
Free MP3 sound recorder
Digital audio recorder
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