Recording laptop sound card output

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  1. gigablip

    gigablip Guest


    The very basic sound card in the new laptop I've recently purchased does not allow me to record its output. In my previous laptop which died, or on my desktop PC, I could specify the wave out mix, or another option labeled "what u hear," as the audio source in applications like Audacity (

    My questions is: How can I get the cleanest recording of the output of the sound card?

    I tried an external USB sound card (SoundBlaster X-Fi USB) but none of the source options allowed me to record its output above -75db. Some have suggested connecting the headphone output to the microphone/line in, but then I can't hear what's playing, and I feel the quality of that solution would leave much to be desired (or would it be acceptable?). I don't have the appropriate cable so I can't test it out.

    I'm open to a hardware or software solution. Thanks in advance for your helpful advice.

  2. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    It's not your sound card, it's Vista trying to make life easier for you and make life harder for those that want to infringe on copyrights.

    What do you need to record your sound card output for?
  3. gigablip

    gigablip Guest

    For recording music streams.
  4. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    So are you saying that you're one of the people who violate copyrights? And you want me, someone who gets material copyrighted for artists, to tell you how to steal their work?
  5. Greener

    Greener Guest

    A lot of music that is streamed around isn't copyrighted.

    And why bother copyrighting anything anyways. Unless you have millions to fight things through the courts you may as well whistle Dixie...

    What's the deal with taping the radio? Is that legal? Isn't internet broadcasting like taping the radio, or using a VCR to record your TV? Is my Ma going down for taping Bold and the Beautiful?
  6. gigablip

    gigablip Guest


    I'm a commercial photographer. I negotiate copyright all the time. The music... I burn CDs and play them in my car. If cranking drum & bass in a Prius is a crime, I wasn't aware.

    If you'd rather not post a solution for "the real criminals" to find, I'll pm you my email address.

  7. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Replay Music Recorder

    Greener said:
    "... you may as well whistle Dixie... "

    Also copyright infringement :)
  8. gigablip

    gigablip Guest

    That works, thank you.
  9. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    It's just could have done it just as easily.

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