How to fix Stereo Mix Not Working on Windows?

By Eunice Samson | April 13, 2018 |

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For many, Stereo Mix is a tool that they often use for recording audio output from their computer. On the other hand, there are instances wherein this program might not work properly. Even after you have enabled all the options, the program just won’t record sound. With Stereo Mix not working with headphones or speakers, you might not get important work done.

What Causes Problems with Stereo Mix

There are various reasons why you may be experiencing issues with Stereo Mix. There might be something wrong with the settings or application. This is the case if you’re hearing audio from your computer and yet the recording does not play anything. However, if you can’t hear anything at all, it is likely that there may be issues with the driver or with your cable connectivity.

In general, this problem is not that serious and it can be easily fixed. You do not have to be a tech whiz just to learn how to fix Stereo Mix not working. Keep on reading to discover all the methods you can use to get rid of the issue so you can get back to recording audio.

First Solution: Setting Stereo Mix as the default recording device

In most cases, Stereo Mix not working with headphones or speakers might have something to do with the settings. It is possible that the program is not enabled in the first place. So, reverting that setting should be the first solution you should try. To ensure that there would be no hindrances with running the program, you must also set it as the default recording device. With that said, here are the steps on how to fix Stereo Mix not working:

  1. Go to the bottom-right corner of the icon tray.
  2. Right-click the sound icon.
  3. A menu will pop out. Choose Recording Devices. This will bring up the Sound window.
  4. Go to the Recording tab, then right-click an empty area on the window.
  5. Make sure that Show Disabled Devices and View Disconnected Devices are selected.
  6. You should be able to see Stereo Mix from the available devices. Right-click it, then select Enable.
  7. The next step is to set Stereo Mix as your default recording device. Right-click the aforementioned device, then choose Set as Default Device.
  8. Once again, right-click Stereo Mix, then choose Set as Default Communication Device. You should be able to see a green checkmark beside the device.
  9. To save the changes, click Apply, then press OK.

Second Solution: Updating your sound driver

Another possible reason why Stereo Mix is not working properly is that you’re using an outdated or incompatible sound driver. As such, the solution would be to update it to the latest manufacturer-recommended version. Keep in mind that if you manually do this and you are not confidently tech-savvy, you might end up installing the wrong version. Instead of fixing the issue, you might do more damage to your computer.

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Third Solution: Fixing the mic/sound volume

Sometimes, the issue might occur because, on your playback options, the microphone has been muted. You can resolve the problem by unmuting your microphone. With that said, follow the instructions below:

  1. Right-click the sound icon.
  2. Once the Sound menu is up, select Playback Devices.
  3. The Sound window should show up with the Playback tab selected.
  4. Go your default playback device and right-click it.
  5. Select Properties.
  6. Go to the Level tab, then unmute the microphone and sound. Try adjusting the audio to check if this fixes the issue.
  7. Once you’re done, save the changes by clicking Apply. Click OK.
  8. On the main Sound window, click Apply then OK.
  9. Try using Stereo Mix and check if the issue has been resolved.

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