You may know how it is easy for you to download streaming music online, but do you know that you can record audio from computer? How about recording your very own song? Thanks to the development of the recording technology nowadays, you can get high-quality recorded music files. Therefore, this post will introduce how to record audio from your computer, and you could follow the instruction in this guidance to make it easily.

Part 1: How to Record Audio from Computer with Stereo Mix?

To settle how to record audio from computer, you can resort to Stereo Mix to finish this task perfectly. Stereo Mix is a special recording option that might be offered by your sound drivers on your computer. It is also known as “What U Hear”. Now let’s begin to have a look at how to use Stereo Mix to record your computer audio simply.

Step 1: Navigate down to the system tray of your computer and find the audio icon to right-click on it. Then you need to choose “Recording Devices” to enter into the settings panel.

Step 2: Right-click on the blank space in the sound panel and see if both “View Disabled Devices” and “View Disconnected Devices” options are checked. If not, you need to tap on them to check.

Step 3: After you see the option of “Stereo Mix” displaying in the panel, you can right-click on it to hit on “Enable” button to turn it on, and then you will see a little green dot beside the option.

Step 4: Hit on “Apply” button and then tap on “OK” to confirm and save your settings.

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Step 5: Finally, you can fire up a recording tool on your computer and choose “Stereo Mix” instead of your microphone before you begin a recording. For instance, you can find this option from the drop-down menu in Audacity.

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Note

    If you can not find the “Stereo Mix” option with the steps shown above, it is likely that your Windows drivers do not support it. You can try to download and install the older Windows XP/Vista drivers to get around this issue. Remember to create a system restore point before you change your drivers to avoid data losing.

Part 2: How to Record Audio from Computer with Audacity?

Audacity is another useful tool for you to record audios. Its functions are native and simplistic, which is easy to use with high quality. This free software is considered to be one of the go-to tools for filmmakers and video editors. It contains a host of advanced features. Here I would like to break down how to record audio from computer audacity.

Step 1: Go to the official website of Audacity and choose the proper version you need, for it supports the system of Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. Here the Windows version is chosen for instance.

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Step 2: Run Audacity on your computer and then hit on the audio host drop-down menu near the upper-left side of the software. Choose the option of “Windows WASAPI” to allow Audacity to record the audio from other programs and platforms.

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Step 3: Find the audio input drop-down menu to the right of the microphone icon to click on and then select a proper loopback device, such as “Speakers (loopback)” or “Headphones (loopback)” to enable the tool to record the internal audio of your computer without recording external audio like typing.

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Step 4: In order to avoid distortions and feedback when you are recording with Audacity, you can click on “Transport> Transport Options” to uncheck the tab of "Software Playthrough".

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Step 5: After all these settings, you can now hit on the red circle button to begin to record audio coming from apps on your computer and play the audio you desire to record at the same time. When the recording comes to an end or you desire to stop for a while, you can hit on the stop button to make it.

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Step 6: If you desire to play your recorded audio, you need to switch the "audio host" menu back “MME” and then hit on the play button to listen to the recorded audio for check out.

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Step 7: In the end, you can hit on the “File> Export” to choose “Export as MP3” or other format you desire to apply in the menu. Choose an output directory and type in a file name. Hit “Save> OK” button to finish saving your recording task perfectly.

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The steps are a bit complicated, but it is not hard to handle. You can have a try with these steps shown above to fix how to record audio from computer audacity at ease.

Part 3: How to Record Audio from Computer Mac with BlackHole?

For how to record audio from computer Mac, you can turn to BlackHole to help you make it. It is useful for recording your internal computer audio.

Step 1: First you need to install the plugin BlackHole on your Mac computer.

Step 2: There are two settings options for you to use to record your internal computer audio: Auto setting and Manual setting.