Update on 12 August 2014: In the feedback, Riverlandsmj alerted me to some other simpler way to record your computer’s audio result while still playing it through normal speakers. I added this method below and revamped this article. This is a tricky question, I’ve bumped against multiple times. What if I wish to record my computer’s audio output?

I may use the time to record what’s coming out of the audio speakers…but there’s normally heading to be a huge loss of quality, since the sound has to go through both my bad audio speakers and my bad time. It might be far better to have software on my computer directly record what’s appearing out of my computer. If you do a little searching, you’ll find lots of people saying, “Oh, just use Audacity and select ‘Stereo Mix’ or something of the sort as the Mike! ” Sorry…but not all computer systems support that – including mine!

You will most likely also find various programs that promise to record sound output…but that you have to, like, pay for. Which perhaps is fine if you would like to be documenting sound result a lot, but not for me, who only need to in a while once. There is a free solution. Actually, there are THREE! I’m going showing you the three methods I’ve run into, in order of how good I believe they may be. First, you may use Audacity, which is simple fairly, works in all situations, and enables you to output your computer’s sound through your normal loudspeakers/headphones/whatever it is still.

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Secondly, you may use VB-Audio Virtual Cable (catchy name, I know), which also works dependably, but is more complicated to use and can’t keep playing your sound normally if you don’t install extra programs. Finally, there’s SoundLeech, which is very simple to use and lets you output your sound normally still, but doesn’t work in every situation. This lovely open-source audio editing and documenting program works on Home windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8, and is also available for other platforms, though the process for documenting audio result is most likely different on different os’s.

A feature was recently added that lets you choose a audio result device as an insight device – so for example, you can choose your speakers as your mike. Let’s see how this ongoing works. You may want to tell Windows again that you truly, honestly, do want to perform the installer, nevertheless, you should reach the language-selection dialog eventually.

Now just follow the dialogs to set up Audacity. When you’re done, open it up if you haven’t already. Look at the higher-left corner Now, at the bar right within the controls for preventing, pausing, etc. So the truth is that first drop-down box, the one that says “MME” right now?

Click on it and choose “Windows WASAPI”. Now move over to the third drop-down container, the one with a little microphone next to it. Choose the sound result device that you want to record sound from – probably your speakers. Start recording by simply clicking the big round red button. Don’t get worried if nothing at all much happens at first. Now start playing whatever you want to record through the audio output device you selected (again, probably your loudspeakers), check back, and there you decide to go! Audacity is documenting your sound result, even while you’re wearing it.

You can also always utilize Audacity “Amplify” impact once you’re done saving to change the volume. Both Riverlandsmj and I experienced some nagging issues with the sound dropping out occasionally while recording this way, at the beginning of recording especially, which appears to be because Audacity has a different default sampling rate than our sound credit cards.

To fix this, Riverlandsmj suggests changing the sampling rate on your audio speakers to the same level as Audacity, such as this. Go directly to the system folder in underneath right corner of your display, and find the volume control. Right-click onto it and choose “Playback devices”. Select the speaker involved, and then choose “Properties” below.

…and in the first drop-down box, pick “24 bit, 44100 Hz (Studio Quality)”. Click “OK” below, and ideally this will fix the problem! Quality and seeing what the “Default Sample Rate” is. You’ll be able to change your speakers’ rate to be the same, as I above demonstrated. Okay, to VB-Cable!