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How to enable Stereo Mix in Windows 8

Posted in Audio, Tweaking, Windows with tags , on February 15, 2014 by Sirusdark

Guess what? I finally managed to enable the Stereo Mix recording device in Windows 8! I know, right?

A few things made this possible: an older motherboard and an available audio drivers with this Stereo Mix functionality.

Note that a “missing” stereo mix is not a Windows issue. It’s more of a legal issue between the music/movie industry and the manufacturers… they don’t want hardware that can record their stuff. (correct me if I’m wrong) So here’s how to enable the Stereo Mix in Windows 8:

Stereo Mix in Windows 8

1. Download your specific audio drivers. This is important. In my case, I needed the SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver. I downloaded it from my motherboard’s manufacturer, Asus.

2. Then, choose a driver’s version that is known to have/had the stereo mix functionality. (Usually prior to Windows 7, like Vista or XP if Vista is not available)

3. Choose the VISTA version (or XP if Vista’s unavailable) 32 bit or 64, depending on your OS.

4. Run the installer. Windows 8 will complain and spit an error message, then will offer you the option to run it in COMPATIBILITY MODE. Do that and bingo! You have the Stereo Mix:

Stereo Mix in Windows 8 Pro

Skipping steps

Note that you could run the installer in Compatibility Mode right away if you wanted. But it’s more fun to see Windows giving the solution automatically.


Great! If you managed to enable the Stereo Mix, there’s one more thing you need to know : the quality of the recording will not be based on your DAW’s recording settings, but the chip/hardware’s limitations. If your sound card can record 24bit/96kHz, great! But you it won’t be able to go higher. Most device record at 16/44.1kHz and/or 24/48kHz.