Q: Audacity 1.2.6, Win XP In the drop-down menu on Audacity's mixer toolbar, choose "Wave Out" or "Stereo Mix" as the input source. So I'm advised in Audacity's tutorial pages. I don't have either of the above options, only Line Volume, mic volume, front mic,and CD volume. Am trying to copy to HDD one song from a DVD that I bought recently. Making an ignorant guess about what might effect this, just clicking tool bar > record and >play buttons, I got loud angry noise and chaos. Appeared to damage sound system (Asus RealTek), but I recovered somehow, don't know how it was.
Gale 01:41 UTC 03 Nov 08: Your sound device either has no input for recording sound as it plays, or it needs to be enabled in the Windows Control Panel, or by updating its drivers. Or you can use Freecorder. Please see here on the Wiki.
Alternatively, convert the audio from the DVD to WAV using SUPER (what you want to convert will be one particular VOB file on the DVD). Or you can extract the VOB as a video file with DVD Decrypter. If the DVD is encrypted, you may need to use this anyway. Both these methods will preserve the full digital quality of the audio, as will Freecorder (if you save as WAV). Using Wave Out/Stereo Mix will lose a little quality, because the audio has to be converted from digital to analogue (to play it) then back to digital. These conversions are never perfect.
Please use the Forum if you need more help. We can't offer question and answer support here. Thanks.