posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 07:08 PM
I didn't see a General Paranoia forum, so I guess I'll put this here.
The other night I was working on a music project and I wanted to record a couple of seconds of streaming audio using my audio editing software
(Audacity). I'd never used that function, so I knew I'd have to delve into the manual again. However, on the slim hope of avoiding some technical
reading, I started off by just clicking the record button on the Audacity GUI and streaming the target audio. As expected, I didn't get the audio I
What I didn't expect was the audio I actually got. The ambient sounds of my living room. I didn't realize this laptop has a built-in microphone.
That was always on.
Of course, just because I had a live mike in my living room with a direct wireless link to the internet doesn't mean anyone could possibly monitor
it, right? Good thing I'm law-abiding and boring.
Anyway, I'm posting because turning it off can be tricky and I can help. Here's some cut&paste from the Audacity manual.
Step 1: Set up devices to capture computer playback This is often the hardest part of the overall task, being dependent on your computer
operating system and sound card. Many manufacturers are making it increasingly difficult to record streaming audio by deliberately removing or hiding
this functionality due to copyright concerns.
As you can see, the focus isn't shutting off the mike, but these instructions will take you where you need to go (in Windows).
Windows Control Panel for sounds:
Windows Vista and 7 computers almost always only have microphone inputs enabled by default. Earlier Windows systems may also need the input for
recording computer playback to be made visible before Audacity can use it. To show or enable inputs, launch the sound device control panel from the
Windows Control Panel or from the system tray (by the clock).
Windows Vista and 7: 1. Right-click over the Speaker icon by the system clock then choose Recording Devices to open the Recording tab of "Sound".
2. Right-click anywhere inside the Recording tab and choose "Show disabled devices" then right-click again and choose "Show Disconnected Devices".
3. Right-click specifically over the input device you want to record with (in this case "Stereo Mix" or whatever alternative you have), and if
visible, choose "Enable". 4. Sometimes it helps to right-click over the "stereo mix" or similar device again and choose "Set as Default
Windows XP or earlier : 1. Right-click over the Speaker icon by the system clock then choose Adjust Audio Properties. 2. In "Sounds and Audio
Devices Properties" or similar, click on the Audio tab, then in the Sound recording panel, select the "Default device" you are trying to record
from (this will probably be the name of your built-in sound device). 3. Click the Volume button. 4. If you can see a stereo mix or similar option,
try clicking in its box to select it. 5. Otherwise, choose Options then Properties. 6. In the window that appears, click the "Recording" radio
button, then in "Show the following volume controls", click in the box for stereo mix or similar, then "OK".
See why I tried to get away with not reading the instructions?