MME (Microsoft Multimedia Environment) is a Windows audio driver. Audio drivers communicate with the operating system telling it what audio hardware is plugged in. Other types of audio drivers include ASIO and WASAPI. All these are available for selection in Adobe Audition.
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Driver issues can be caused due to unavailability or updates issues. When we have a problem with drivers, your hardware or software will have a problem working as they should. Therefore, an update to your operating system might be a cause of this problem. If you have not done a system update recently and yet you are facing this issue then chances are that you have not set the audio hardware settings appropriately. Also, the problem might result from the drivers being corrupted.
The pop-up box shown in the image below will appear whenever you are facing this MME Device Internal Error issue.
When faced with this issue people are often taken aback as sometimes it pops up without us doing any significant changes to our computers. Therefore, if you are facing it do not agonize as it is quite an easy problem to deal with and the solutions and alternatives will be addressed in the subsequent sections. Adobe Audition is used to record and edit and this issue can come up in either of these two instances.
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The solution sections are divided into two. The first one addresses a case when you are about to start editing. The next section will address a situation where you are about to start a recording session.
Solution: When Editing
If you encounter this – MME device internal error – pop-up box, close the box and head over to the preference settings in Adobe Audition.
To get to this setting, click on Edit in the menu tab. Follow this by hovering your mouse pointer over the Preference option. This will open a new list. In this list click on the Audio Hardware option.
Clicking on this option will open the Preference dialogue box and you will land on the Audio Hardware tab as shown below.
The first entry titled Device Class has a couple of options. These may vary. From the image below, taken from my Adobe Audition, you can see there are just two options.
For some, you will have ASIO as a third option. From these options make sure it is set as MME.
Go to the next entry which is Default Input. In this slot, change your input to No Input. In the Default Output entry select Speaker/HP (Realtek High Definition Audio). You can also select other output options such as a USB connection to your computer that go to speakers.
Click OK to apply these new changes. At first, when you were pressing the spacebar or play button there was no response but now the audio will start playing if you hit play
This should solve the problem as the main issue to look at is the default input slot.
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Solution: When Recording
If the MME error pop-up box comes up before recording, changing the default input to No Input does not make sense as you need a device selected to capture audio signals. You might be using an audio interface or a microphone.
First, you can look at the proper configuration of your microphone settings. In this process, make sure that you have granted microphone access to Adobe apps on your computer. The problem this article is addressing may be also encountered in Adobe Premiere, a video editing application also developed by Adobe. This is why when you are configuring this microphone setting you should grant access to all Adobe CC installed on your computer.
Head over to your computer settings. In the settings, Privacy settings have two categories: Windows and App Permission settings. The microphone settings are found under app permissions. These are highlighted in the image below.
The next thing to do is to activate the microphone access for your computer and make sure apps can access your microphone. These two buttons are highlighted in the image below.
Secondly, download ASIO4ALL, a free-to-download audio driver. Note, first check if the driver is present on your computer. If not, proceed with the download. Follow its simple driver installation process then restart Adobe Audition. You will first come across this pop-up box.
Click Yes which will redirect you to the preference dialogue box. In the Device Class entry select ASIO. To do this,go to the preference dialogue box. There are several entries and these options are found in the Device class entry shown below.
Below is an image with a comparison before and after the installation of this driver.
Note that these three processes outlined in this section are not interdependent. Therefore, for some, the second process will work without doing the first and the third. In general, they are the ideal settings for Adobe Audition to pick sound so just apply them so as to not face recording issues in the future.
Topics that are centered around computer drivers can get more complicated. The workarounds of drivers’ problems can also get more technical. With this said, make sure you download the right driver and they are up to date.
MME issue is a playback and recording issue. A key point to note is that when you are solving this problem, retrace back to any changes that you might have applied to your computer. First, look at the hardware connection changes. This might be that you unplugged some or plugged in new hardware. Secondly, check for recent updates to your operating system. Lastly, factor in that drivers might be mistakenly removed or corrupted.