July 1, 2016

Setup Stereo Mix

If you want to play music in WLBW you will have to play music through “Stereo Mix” or “What You Hear”,  Enabling “Stereo Mix” or “What You Hear” will let you do exactly that, and here’s how to do it.
Nowadays, most sound cards have the ability to record whatever is being output.  The only hang-up is accessing that recording channel, which can be done rather easily.
Enable Stereo Mix
Go down to the audio icon in your system tray, right-click it, and go to “Recording Devices” to open up the proper settings pane.

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In the pane, right-click on a blank area, and make sure both “View Disabled Devices” and “View Disconnected Devices” options are checked.  You should see a “Stereo Mix” option appear.

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Right-click on “Stereo Mix” and click “Enable” to be able to use it.
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Right-click on “Stereo Mix” and click “Set as Default Device” to be able to use it.

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I Still Don’t See It…
In some cases, your soundcard (audio chipset) drivers aren’t helping your cause.  Most likely, this is because they’re outdated.  In other instances, however, it’s because the newest Windows 7/8 drivers don’t support this feature.  to get around the issue go to your soundcard manufacturers website and  download and install either the latest driver or the older Windows XP/Vista drivers for your soundcard.  As always, before changing your drivers, make sure create a system restore point in case things don’t go as planned.
How Do I Use This?
With “Stereo Mix” enabled, you can open up your favorite player (Media Player/ iTunes/ WInamp/ Spotify) and you are ready to put your hand up in the room and play your favorite tunes.