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Enabling ‘What You Hear’ Recording

If you want to record or meter what you are hearing over your speakers/headset then you may not find the option not available. By default in Windows the ‘What U Hear’ or ‘Stereo Mix’ input is disabled.

You will need to un-hide and enable recording options. If you are using a Creative Sound Blaster sound card this option will be called "What U Hear" if you are using another audio device such as Realtek on-board or generic sound devices this option will be called "Stereo Mix".

1. First open your audio options. "Start/Control Panel/Sound" or right click the speaker icon on the Task Bar.

2. Now go to the "Recording" tab.

3. Rright click over any source and check the ‘Show disabled devices’ option.

5. Now that the hidden options are visible, right click on each of them and click on enable.

6. Right click on the What U Hear or  Stereo Mix source and click on ‘Set as default device’.

7. Once the device is set as default you will be able to use the "What U Hear"/"Stereo Mix" option in your recording or metering applications to record or monitor the audio you are currently hearing over your speakers or headset.

Adjusting Source Levels

You will need to calibrate the meter to read playback accurately.

Double-click on Stereo Mix or What U Hear to open up more settings including the option to adjust the level.

As an aid to calibration here are two Calibration Tone Wave Files (zipped) you can download.

These are both 400Hz tones, one recorded at a level of 4dB below Full Scale Digital (-4dB) and the other at -10dB.

Playback the tone file and set up the meter so it  reads wherever you want it on the scale.   


© Paul Marshall 2016

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