The most common problem users have is recording their final mix. They hit record and nothing is recorded. This is due to not setting your Stereo Mix as your default recording device in your windows mixer. Windows has to know which line to record such as microphone, what is playing, line in and such. Then they think the recorder doesn't record when in fact its only due to not setting Stereo Mix as your default record device so windows knows to record whats playing in the recorder. Below are details on setting your Stereo Mix as Default.

NOTE: For those of you that have followed the instructions below and do not have Stereo Mix as an option you have 2 choices. 1. Upgrade your sound card to a new version or 2. Install a program called "Virtual Audio Cable" found here http://software.muzychenko.net/eng/vac.htm This program has been testing and does work with your Subliminal Recording System on computers without Stereo Mix. Below are instructions on how to set that up.

Enable Stereo Mix on Windows XP

1. Right click the little speaker in your tray down by your clock then choose "Open Volume Control"

2. Choose Options at the top left then choose Properties

3. Then Click the little circle to the left of Recording to switch to the recording properties.

4. Now you will see a list of recording devices your computer has. Make sure a check mark is in Stereo Mix and hit OK

5. Now you will see all of the recording sliders available on your system. Place a check mark in the Stereo Mix box so you select it as your default recording device and turn the slider up.

6. Now minimize it as you may need to tweak the slider level as you record. Once set you can close it and you will not need to do that next time you record unless you want to record from your microphone. If that is the case select Microphone instead of Stereo Mix.

7. Once all is set you can hit the prepare button in the SRS Recorder name your file and hit OK. Now hit the top play button to start your playback then hit the Record button. When you are done recording hit stop on the bottom line and stop on the top line. Now you can playback what you have recorded by hitting the Play button in the bottom line.

 

Enable Stereo Mix on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 ( If Win 8 make sure you are in Desktop Mode )

1. Right click the little speaker down by your clock and choose Recording Devices

2. You will see a box with your computers record devices. Right click in that white box and check mark "Show Disabled Devices" and Show Disconnected Devices"

3. Now you should see "Stereo Mix" in your list. Right click Stereo Mix and make sure Enabled is checked so that it is enabled then click "Properties"

4. Now you will see the Stereo Mix Properties box. Click the "Levels" tab at the top. Now you will see your Stereo Mix volume slider. Make sure it is turned up.

5. Next hit the "Listen" tab at the top and click the drop down list where it says "Playback through this device" and select "Default Playback Device"

6. Now you can hit OK to close that window. Now your back to the first window. Now click Stereo Mix 1 time so it highlights it and hit the "Set as Default" button. Now your computer knows to record whats playing instead of recording the Microphone. You will not need to do this again unless you want to record your microphone. If that is the case select Microphone and hit the "Set Default button" so your computer knows to record the Microphone instead of what is playing.

7. Once all is set you can hit the prepare button in the SRS Recorder name your file and hit OK. Now hit the top play button to start your playback then hit the Record button. When you are done recording hit stop on the bottom line and stop on the top line. Now you can playback what you have recorded by hitting the Play button in the bottom line.

 

Once you do this a couple times it will become very easy for you and you will understand better how your computer is setup to record what is playing.

NOTE: Some computers have their own sound mixer instead of using the windows mixer. If that is the case you will see another speaker in your tray down by your clock to open that mixer. Once open make sure you select Stereo Mix as your default recording device and make sure its slider is turned up or you will record silence instead of what is playing.

NOTE: Some users report hearing background sounds from their house in their recordings. If that is the case they are recording from their microphone or even a microphone built into a webcam connected to their computer without realizing it. This would mean they have that microphone selected as their default record device and would need to change it to Stereo Mix.

If you need to see the steps above a great resource is youtube.com simply go there and do a search for -- How to enable Stereo Mix on Windows 7 -- Make sure you change Windows 7 to your operating system. Then you will see many many videos showing you the steps to set your Stereo Mix as your Default Recording Device.

Setting up Virtual Audio Cable on Windows Vista, Win 7 and Win 8

Install virtual audio cable and reboot.

Now when I right click the little speaker down by my clock and choose playback devices I see Line 1 Virtual Audio Cable in the list Highlight that and click the Set as Default button. Then hit the properties button. Then click the levels tab at the top. It shows 2 volume sliders turn the Line 1 slider up and the Main volume slider down all the way then click ok

Now your back to the first window click the Recording tab at the top and you will see a list of your recording devices. Highlight Line 1 Virtual Audio Cable and click set as default then click properties then click the "Listen" tab at the top. Then check mark "Listen to this device" then in the drop down box where it says "Playback through this device" click the little arrow so you see the list then choose your main speakers. Once that is set the picture above will show plugs on the left an arrow in the middle pointing to the right and a speaker on the right.

Next hit the "Levels" tab at the top and you will see 1 slider that says "Line 1" make sure its turned up then hit ok then ok again to close all windows

All done with those settings

Now open your SRS Recorder load up some files for playback hit play make sure you hear them playing

Ok now before recording click the "Rec Config" button and in the Recording device line make sure it says "Microsoft sound mapper" and hit ok

Now you can click prepare name your file hit ok then start playback then hit the record button. If all is well you should see the waveform moving in the oscilloscope while its recording let it record a bit then hit both stop buttons to stop recording and playback. Now you can hit the bottom play button to playback what you've just recorded.

I did not have to open anything in the virtual audio cable program it was all done with the settings above and works great without any problems. At first I was opening the virtual cable repeater program but all that did was create echo then I realized you don't have to open anything as the driver gets installed and just shows up automatically in your windows mixer.