Thursday, December 19, 2013

How To Find Stereo Mix On Windows 7- How To Enable Stereo Mix With Conexant

I like to use Audacity to record things off of the Internet sometimes. However, to get a clean recording, you need to be able to use the Stereo Mix feature on your audio device. If you have certain Conexant audio devices, you  may not be able to use the Stereo Mix feature. According to some reports, computer makers, like Sony Corporation, asked Conexant to disable the Stereo Mix feature to stop people from recording things off of the Internet that might violate a copyright. Well, no matter the reason, I'm here to show you how to enable Stereo Mix on your Conexant device. Make sure you do the right things with this power.

First we are going to make sure you don't have Stereo Mix on your machine already. If you are technically savvy and are completely sure you don't have it, then you can skip this step.

  1. In the lower left hand of your task bar, right click on the speaker icon.
  2. Select Recording devices. 
  3. Right click in the blank white space and select Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices.
  4. If you don't see Stereo Mix, like the photo below shows, then you need to follow the second set of directions.

OK. Now we are going to add Stereo Mix. It once was lost, but now it will be found! Ready?

  1. Go to your start menu and type Regedit. We are going to edit your Registry. Once the software comes up, click on Regedit. 
  2. Once you have Regedit open, you are going to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000\Settings\EPattributes.
  3. Once you get to the EPattributes node, you are going to check and see if you have the EpSettings node. If you HAVE this node, move on to the next step. If you DO NOT have the EpSettings node, you will need to add it by right clicking on the EPattributes node and selecting New and then Key. Enter EpSettings.
  4. After you have either added EpSettings or verified that you have it, you are now going to add a key to EpSettings by right clicking on EpSettings, selecting New and then Key and creating a key named StereoMixEnable.
  5. After it has been created, right click on StereoMixEnable, click New and then Binary Value to create a Binary Value called Enable
  6. Change the value for Enable to 1 or 01 if you can't just put the 1 in.
  7. Right Click on StereoMixEnable again, click New and then Binary Value to create a Binary Value named MixAssocSeq.
  8. Change the value of MixAssocSeq to e0 e0
  9. Right Click on StereoMixEnable again, click New and then Binary Value to create a Binary Value named MuteGainSettings.
  10. Change the value of MuteGainSettings to 00 00.
  11. Now close Regedit and restart your computer.
  12. After your computer restarts, go to Control Panel, Sound and then click Recording tab and you will see Stereo Mix. It will be disabled.
  13. Right click Stereo Mix and enable it.
  14. Set it as the default device.
Now you can use Stereo Mix to record sounds from the Internet directly into your computer using something like Audacity.

If you have problems or questions, just ask!

Kila Morton

You do not see Stereo Mix on your laptop or PC and you have a Conexant device.

You must alter the registry settings, restart your machine and enable Stereo Mix.