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Many modern computers with Vista or Windows 7 can't play and record to audio at the same time. This means that the Record button in FTS won't work on those computers.

However there are various ways to fix this. Some of these can work on any Windows 7 or Vista machine. What they do is to capture the audio before it even reaches the soundcard. If you just want to record audio, the simplest is ISound recorder, which is a paid for program. Don't know of a simple free solution for audio only at present though BB Flashback Recorder is a good free solution if you want to record video as well.

Another thing you can do is to record to Midi instead and then do conversion of Midi to Audio to get the audio recording. For more about that, see Tutorials: How to convert Midi to Wav


How to enable in the Control Panel

This works with some Vista or Windows 7 computers but not all of them.

You go to Sounds in control panel, go to recording tab, right click and select "Show disabled devices" (as they are hidden usually) and then enable them.

How to record to video and audio at the same time with BB FlashBack Express Player - free

This is an excellent program, which is free, with an option to upgrade for extra features:

BB FlasBack Express Player

This records the video as well as the audio. If that's what you need to do you need look no further. Another idea is that you could record video + audio and then extract the audio from the result using e.g. AviDemux.

iSound Recorder - low cost


This works fine in the demo though only records 100 seconds per track, $29.95 to unlock. Simple to use,you start up the program and start recording and it will then record anything played on your computer.

For the future - I hope to program support for Windows 7 and Vista style audio capture in Tune Smithy and Bounce Metronome

I have found some sample code by Mathew van Eerde. It works, does what he says it does - and it looks like reasonably straightforward code so should be able to add this feature hopefully.

For reference, another way to record audio and video at once is with FRAPS


Other programs to record directly to audio in Vista and Windows 7

A completely free and simple method but I couldn't get it to work here

PCWin Speaker Record for Windows and Vista

Looks like it should do the job. But, unfortunately all it did here when I pressed Record is pop up a bug report message

Virtual Audio Cable

This is a bit techy, but may be of interest to some:

Virtual Audio Cable

Total Recorder - low cost

Total Recorder


Various methods that work in your browser

I found various tool bars which you can install into your browser. They worked, however I hesitate to recommend them.

There may well be better programs of this sort which I haven't tried yet.


Best in terms of doing what it should was perhaps Freecorder - but it changed my home page in two web browsers, and default search provider for the search box, and wasn't clear that it was going to do that in the install. Also popped up several other optional extras during the install which I had to answer No to. And the tool bar takes up extra space in your browser.

Might well have recommended it if it didn't do those things. But though not that hard for a techy person to reverse, those changes could be quite a confusing experience for someone less techy.

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