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bryan29

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Recording Streaming Audio
« on: April 06, 2014, 10:33:49 AM »

Help I am having trouble recording streaming audio off of a website. I want to use Audiocity, but when I go to record there is no sound. I am on Win XP and I am using SB Live! Wave Device. It tells me to set up Stereo Mix, but I do not have it on the volume control. How do I set this up or not? Thanks for the help.

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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 02:18:20 PM »

right click the loudspeaker icon by the date. That should bring up a section and in the properties dialogue, make sure stereo mix is checked or it won't display it in the volume control.

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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 02:48:41 PM »

If all else fails, you can use a male-male 1/8-inch|3.5mm stereo audio cable like this:
6 inch 3.5mm Mini-Stereo Male to Male Speaker/iPod/MP3 Cable
http://mycablemart.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=3096
to physically connect the headphone output to the mic input on your computer.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 05:05:17 PM »

Another name for Stereo Mix might be Monitor.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 08:11:08 PM »

Fired up my old XP PC to check and yes, I was right.
Right click the loudspeaker to open volume control.
Select options and then properties.
You'll notice there are two options - playback and recording.
Select recording and make sure that stereo mix is checked so it will display.
In the display (now showing stereo mix) make sure you check the box in the lower left corner to select it as your recording source and adjust volume to your needs.
Done.
If you need to change source to line in, CD etc just repeat the procedure and check the box in which one you want to use.

Do let us know if you get it working or not.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2014, 09:45:41 AM »

Thanks for the help. I could not figure it out what to choose. This is what it says under the Recording tab.
SPDIF-IN - Box is not checked
CD Digital - Box is not checked
MIDI - Box is checked
CD Audio - Box is checked
Line-In - Box is checked
Microphone - Box is checked, but I do not have a microphone
Auxiliary - Box is not checked
TAD-IN - Box is not checked
WAVE Box is checked
Again it says I am using the Sound Blaster! Wave Device. I hope this helps out some.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 10:15:06 AM »

It looks like "stereo mix" is called "What U Hear" in the Creative Sound Blaster device drivers:
Thread: How can I get the "Stereo Mix" source in my Windows XP sound mixer?
https://www.sweetwater.com/forums/showthread.php?41504-How-can-I-get-the-quot-Stereo-Mix-quot-source-in-my-Windows-XP-sound-mixer
You don't mention seeing that option so please read the last post in that thread about downloading a newer driver for the sound card.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2014, 02:01:13 PM »

Ah, I don't have a sound card - mine's the on-board AC'97 chip.

Couldn't get a forum answer better and more exact than that one! Well found pixelated.
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2014, 03:58:10 PM »

My old computer did not have a "mic input" but my new one will - so I will be able to get rid of my old analog CD recorder, and record things direct to my PC now - Thank goodness. No more money on blank CD's.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2014, 05:34:40 AM »

Okay I downloaded the updated drivers and it looks it might work now. I went to the Recording tab and it says What U Hear is that what I check now to record stuff. If so thanks again for the help.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2014, 02:04:28 PM »

Great to hear! Glad we could help.
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2014, 06:29:00 PM »

Help I am having trouble recording streaming audio off of a website. I want to use Audiocity, but when I go to record there is no sound.

Be advised that using the "what you hear", stereo mix, or cable loop back methods ( BTW - if using a cable to loop the sound card output back to the input you should use the LINE IN instead of the mic in as the mic in is only mono and has power on one of the conductors - use line out to line in ) will be doing a DtoA and AtoD conversion and could reduce the quality. If it is actually streaming audio, that probably won't make much difference as the audio source is typically 96kbps or lower mp3 source anyway.

A better option is to take the digital stream and save it directly as a file to your hard drive.
Sometimes I use a script called icecream(.pl) which is a perl script. If you use windows, you would need to have perl installed ( ActivePerl is free and works well on Windows ). Icecream uses a command line interface and will capture IceCast and Shoutcast streams and save it to the hard drive. There would be a steep learning curve if one has only used a GUI type interface so may be more trouble than it's worth but it works well for me.

From the man page:
DESCRIPTION
       icecream is a lightweight, non-interactive, stream down-
       load utility.  It connects to icecast and shoutcast
       servers or direct stream URLs, and redirects all fetched
       content to stdout and/or to media files on your disk.
...
       icecream is able to parse pls and m3u playlists, and to
       download mp3 and ogg direct stream URLs. If the stream is
       anonymous it will be saved as 'stream-time.mp3', where
       time is actual timestamp.

Couple of selected switch options ( again from the man page )
      -t, --tracks
              Split stream into tracks (if possible)

       --stop=N[units]
               Stop downloading the stream after N
               kb/mb/min/songs


There are most likely other tools out there ( google ) that may be easier to use and don't require all the installation and learning steps.

http://icecream.sourceforge.net/
http://www.activestate.com/activeperl
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2014, 07:13:26 PM »

Chris, how are you going to be recording via a mic input?  I presume you rip CDs using a ripping program so I'm not sure why you were using a CD player and having to burn to disc first? Are you thinking of making your own voice recordings?
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2014, 07:41:52 PM »

Depending on the site and how the content is streaming, and using Chrome, you can always Inspect Element or View Source and grab the url the media is streaming from. ;)
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Re: Recording Streaming Audio
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2014, 11:55:21 PM »

or Firefox  ;)
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