Starting from Windows Vista and 7 new sound API model was introduced. There is no stereo mix or mono mix. Instead every playback device can be opened in loopback recording mode, so you can record what you hear from your speakers, headphones, digital output etc. Even if your audio card does not support it, Windows will emulate this functionality.
Seems like can record without a mixer, need some test to confirm this. And it does mention a list of software can recorder the sound without a sound card mixer:
Software for recording without Sound card mixer on Windows
When coding sound apps, you will run into these components built into windows: ASIO, WASAPI, DirectSound, WaveOut, DirectMusic
ASIO: Audio Stream Input/Output
ASIO bypasses the normal audio path from a user application through layers of intermediary Windows operating system software so that an application connects directly to the sound card hardware.
WASAPI: Applications communicate with the audio driver through Sessions, and these Sessions are programmed through the Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI).
starting with Windows Vista, KMixer has been removed and replaced by WASAPI and a new WaveRT port driver.
DirectSound is a software component of the Microsoft DirectX library for the Windows operating system. DirectSound provides a low-latency interface to the sound card driver and can handle the mixing and recording of multiple audio streams.
WaveOut: legacy api
DirectMusic is a deprecated component of the Microsoft DirectX API that allows music and sound effects to be composed and played and provides flexible interactive control over the way they are played. Architecturally, DirectMusic is a high-level set of objects, built on top of DirectSound, that allow you to play sound and music without needing to get quite as low-level as DirectSound. DirectSound allows for the capture and playback of digital sound samples, whereas DirectMusic works with message-based musical data. Music can be synthesized either in hardware, in the Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth, or in a custom synthesizer.
Free mp3 player is a simple light weight player to play mp3 files. Besides mp3 files, it could also play other audio files: wav, wma, etc. And even able to play the sound stream in a video file.
It is based on the direct show component built in windows, so as long as you have the decoding filter installed, it can play all the audio files/streams and any audio stream in the video file, there is no limitation. For example:
it can play audio stream in avi files
it can play audio stream in mp4 files, etc.
Play list support
Drag and drop files into the play list
Drag items in the play list to reorder the play sequence
Remove play list item by press “delele” key on keyboard
Right click menu on play list to do: play, add files, remove from list
Basic playback features: play, stop, pause, next file, previous file, mute, volume, progress bar, duration and played time display.
Auto loop back play list.
It’s made by Tomatosoft and provide you free of charge, download now and start using it:
If you want to record sound to mp3 files, you can use another tool made by Tomatosoft: Free Mp3 Recorder
If you need more features, please leave a comment below.
Pc Audio Visualizer is a freeware/software to visualize the audio played on the pc. It takes audio from sound card so any audio played on the computer could be captured.
It displays the waveform of the sound, it’s fun to find out how the waveform behaves when different kind of sound is played: music, voice, song, music instrument, etc…
To get started
It’s designed to be running when you start it. If it’s not, you can select the device from the settings section and choose the source of the audio feed.
The FPS (frame per second) is about how many sample of sound to capture a second, for each sample it captures, it will display a pixel wide bar on the waveform screen as you see. You can drag over or simply use up/down ticker to set a value you want, feel free adjust and would be fun.
Stop button will flip the running and stop status of the waveform display.
Waveform visualizer of left/right channel
Device selection, and source selection to choose from “mixer” or “microphone” or other sources.
Always on top to avoid to be covered by other window.
Sample value display and vertical bar instant graphic display
winxp, win7 supported
Download free and start using it now:
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To reocord sound from pc, whether it’s music, voice, or any audio, you can do it with a mp3 recorder. The idea is simple, record, save, and play back later. Let’s start this tutorial with this tool: Free Mp3 Recorder, it can be downloaded at the end of this post.
Free Mp3 Recorder is a free software (freeware) to record music or any other audio from your pc. It records the audio data played on the sound card, so any sound that can be played on the pc could be recorded. Including record music from online player which doesn’t have a download link or from your microphone when you are sing a song.
To get started
Click on the “Record Now” button it will start to record, you can select to record as Mp3 or Wav format. After finish, the recorded file will appear in the list below to let you play back to hear the effort. You can double click on the file name to play it or right click to select the menu options. Also a few button below to help you manage the play back and the recorded file list.
You can record as Mp3/Wav format
Specify the folder to save recorded files in
Minimize to system tray to save screen space when you are doing recording
A list to manage the recorded file, and right click menu supported on it
Play back of the recorded audio
Waveform display when recording
It’s totally free, download now and start using it:
Need more features? Leave a comment below.