Need help to tune Audacity recording with pulse audio

I’m trying to capture audio from a stream, NOT from the mic. This is what I’m doing: Start Audacity, push its record button, play a song. It shows that it is recording but when I play back the results, all background noise, conversation, etc, is in the recording as well as the audio from the song. If the mic is unplugged, I cannot record what I hear coming from the sound card (as in what you hear from the sound card is what you get).

I got directions on how to do what I want here ( Looking (maybe) for audio mixer for use with Pulse Audio - Page 2 Posts # 4 and 5) but it’s not permanent. I got the instructions in post #11 from that same page to make such a change permanent.

I tried using the instructions to make the change permanent (I backed up my just in case something went wrong) and these are the changes I had made:

### Load audio drivers statically (it's probably better to not load
### these drivers manually, but instead use module-hal-detect --
### see below -- for doing this automatically)
#load-module module-alsa-sink
#load-module module-alsa-source device=hw:1,0
#load-module module-oss device="/dev/dsp" sink_name=output source_name=input
#load-module module-oss-mmap device="/dev/dsp" sink_name=output source_name=input
**load-module module-null-sink sink_name=blahsound**
#load-module module-pipe-sink
**load-module module-loopback sink=blahsound
load-module module-loopback sink=blahsound**

When I used the arecord -vv -f cd test.wav command, it seemed to record nicely from the sound card. However, if I used Audacity, it seemed to only be able to record from the mic. I have tried its other settings ((Multichannel Capture/PT Playback (hw0, 2); Mic Capture (hw 0, 1); ADC Capture/Standard PCM (hw 0, 0); SPDIF; Pulse; Default)) But the only one that works is the Multichannel selection, but that is using the mic to capture and that is not acceptable for what I want to do.

Also, when I did make the permanent changes, to, “pavucontrol” no longer worked. It said, “Connection Failed. Connection Terminated” and you have to hit the “Close” button. When I tried again but while playing a song, not only did pavucontrol fail again but my sound no longer worked! And yes, I had restarted the computer after the changes were made.

After that, I recopied the original back and restarted the computer.

The original instructions were found here: [SOLVED] ALSA and PulseAudio - recording multiple input devices?]( and here: Stebalien: How to record one’s linux computer with pulseaudio (I’m just posting those links so you’ll know where the directions I followed came from).

Here is the result of /usr/sbin/

Just for your reference if you need it:

cat /etc/modprobe.d/50-sound.conf

options snd slots=snd-emu10k1
# 2+Ni.trsEqNGuZ00:SB0090 Audigy Player
alias snd-card-0 snd-emu10k1

rpm -qa ‘alsa


rpm -qa ‘pulse


rpm -q libasound2


Here is the result of arecord -l:

**** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Audigy [SB Audigy 1 [SB0090]], device 0: emu10k1 [ADC Capture/Standard PCM Playback]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Audigy [SB Audigy 1 [SB0090]], device 1: emu10k1 mic [Mic Capture]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Audigy [SB Audigy 1 [SB0090]], device 2: emu10k1 efx [Multichannel Capture/PT Playback]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

If our forum fails to provide the help needed, you could also look at asking this question on the audacity forum. They may even know of a way to do this without having to use pulse: Audacity Forum • Index page

Just for reference:
The problem was solved. And I didn’t even have to use the tweak!!
See this post: Audacity Forum • View topic - Need help to tune Audacity recording with pulse audio (page 2)

Thanks. I also saw that in another thread that you quoted. … In hindsight, we probably should have considered the Audacity Forum earlier. I know its quiet irritating for some, but practically every GNU/Linux distribution is moving to pulse audio, so it stands to reason that other Audacity users would have encountered this and ergo asking other Audacity users for the solution may be the way to go. Hence where can one find the most Audacity users ? … On the Audacity Forum. …

Of course I did not think of that as soon as I should have.