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How to Use Audacity to Record Computer Audio on Windows 10

Vanessa Chiang updated on Jul 09, 2021 to EaseUS RecExperts | How-to Articles

There are various occasions when you want to record the internal sound of your computer. You might want to record the audio of a video, to record your online calls, and to record the background music of your games. No matter the reason, there are some good software tools that help you record the internal audio on Windows systems.

The following guide takes a look at one of the popular recording app called Audacity. This app allows you to record audio both from your microphone as well as from your computer system. The guide also helps you discover some of the other recorders that you can use to record audio on Windows 10.

How to Record Computer Audio with Audacity on Windows 10

In case you do not already know, Audacity is a free and open-source recording tool that has been available for many years. Using this tool, not only can you record new audio files but you can edit your existing audio files as well. This tool is loaded with tons of features to help you edit and mix all kinds of sound files on your computer.

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The great thing about using Audacity for this task is that it has an easy to use the option to fetch sound from your system. You do not need to mess around with any complicated menus, as there is an easy to locate option that you can use to get and record sound from your Windows 10 computer.

How to Use Audacity to Record Internal Audio on Windows 10:

Step 1. Set Up the Recording Options

Once you have downloaded and installed Audacity, launch the tool on your PC. You will find many options on the main interface but you do not need to use them all. Simply click the first dropdown menu and choose "Windows WASAPI" from it.

Then, click the dropdown menu next to the microphone icon and choose your computer's speakers. This will be the source of the audio for your recording.

choose audio source

Step 2. Record Your Computer Audio

Once you have configured the above options, you can begin to record your computer audio. To do that, click the red recording button and the tool will start recording the audio from your system. You will see the live recording progress on your screen.

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Step 3. Stop Recording Your Computer Audio

You can keep the recording running for as long as you want. When you are done, you can stop the recording by clicking the stop button in the top menu bar of the tool. This will stop your recording but will not save the recorded file, yet.

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Step 4. Save Your Recorded Computer Audio

Now that you have finished and stopped your recording, you can save the recorded file in an audio format on your machine. To do this, click the "File" menu at the top and select "Export" followed by "Export as MP3". You are free to choose any other audio format if you would like. Then, choose a folder to save your file and the tool will save it for you.

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You are all set. Audacity has successfully recorded and saved your internal sound recording on your Windows 10 system.

Record Computer Audio on Windows 10 with Other Audio Recorders

Audacity is not the only program that you can use to record internal audio on a Windows system. There are many other options available some of which are even better than that tool. The following helps you discover those available programs and shows how you can use them to make system sound recordings on your PC.

1. Use EaseUS RecExperts to Record Computer Sound on Windows 10

Compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10

While Windows 10 has several tools available to help you record computer audio, EaseUS RecExperts provides some of the easiest options to do that task. No matter whether you are a beginner or a professional, you find it easy to record various kinds of sounds on your Windows system with this tool. The program has an easy-to-use interface with no complex options or configurations.

To record audio from computer, all that you need to do is click a few options and the tool will get it done for you. You can download this software for free to have a try.

Using EaseUS RecExperts to Record Computer Audio:

Step 1. Launch this program on your computer, and click "Audio" on the main interface.

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Step 2. Click the Sound icon on the lower left to select the "System sound" as the recording source. You also can adjust the volume by moving the sound control scale up or down to raise or lower the volume in this window.

Select audio source

Step 3. Next, click "REC" to begin your recording.

Start recording

While recording, you can pause, resume, or stop the recording flexibly.

Stop the recording

Step 4. Once done, you can find the recordings in the "Recordings". 

View recorded audio file

2. Record Computer Audio Using OBS on Windows 10

Compatibility: Windows 8/8.1/10

OBS stands for Open Broadcaster Software, which is a well-known open source screen recorder. This program allows you to make many types of recordings including screen recording and audio recording. One of the many good things about this utility is that you can add an unlimited number of scenes, and you can add various recording sources as well. Since the internal audio comes out of your speakers, you can choose them as the recording source to record the computer audio.

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Using OBS to Record the Computer Audio:

Step 1. Add an Audio Source

Launch the tool and you will see a section that says "Sources". In here, click the "+" (plus) sign and choose "Audio Output Capture". Click "OK" on the following screen to finish adding an audio source.

Step 2. Record Your Internal Audio

On the right of your screen, find and click "Start Recording". This will start recording the audio from your chosen audio source, which is your internal audio.

Step 3. Stop Your Computer Audio Recording

When you have finished your recording, click "Stop Recording" on the right side and your recording will be saved on your machine.

Step 4. Access All Your Computer Audio Recordings

You will probably want to access and play your recording once you have finished it. To do this, click the "File" menu at the top of your screen and choose "Show Recording". The folder containing your recordings will open in File Explorer.

3. Use Icecream Screen Recorder to Record Internal Audio on Windows 10

Compatibility: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

While Icecream Screen Recorder is a screen recording program equipped with many features and one of these features lets you record audio from both your microphone as well as computer sound. You can quickly and easily access this feature and use it to make as many and as long computer audio recordings as you want.

Using Icecream Screen Recorder to Record Computer Audio

One of the options you will find useful is the ability to choose an audio bitrate for your recording. Many pro recorders out there will find this really useful. There are several other options that you will find in the settings, and you can modify these to ensure your recordings are made your way.

Using Icecream Screen Recorder to Record Computer Audio

Step 1. Choose What to Record

Fire-up the software after it is installed and click "Settings" at the bottom. Head to "Audio" and tick "Record audio". Click "Save Settings" at the bottom.

Step 2. Select a Bitrate for Your Recording

Head back to the main user interface, find the option that says "Capture audio", and choose one of the three options displayed on your screen. This sets the bitrate for the recording that you are going to make. Higher bitrates are good but they take up more of your storage.

Step 3. Record Your Computer Audio

A new panel will open that lets you start and stop your audio recording. On this panel, click the "Rec" button to begin your computer audio recording. Then, you can click the stop option to stop your recording when you are done.

Step 4. Find Your Recorded Computer Sound

The tool saves your recordings in a pre-specified folder. You can find the path to this folder by going into "Settings" and clicking the "Save to" tab.

4. Record Your Computer Sound Using VLC on Windows 10

Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10

VLC has long been used as a media player app and now you can use it to record your computer audio as well. With this tool, you can actually make various recordings including computer screen and computer audio recordings. The app offers various options for you to make your computer audio recording. You have various file formats to choose from, and there are many other configurable options that you can use. This tool is available at no cost and is open-source, which means you can use it to make recordings at both your work as well as at your home without any restrictions.

use vlc to record computer sound

Using VLC to Record Computer Sound:

Step 1. Enable the Recording Options

You need to turn on the recording options if you have not already in VLC. To do this, click the "View" menu at the top and select "Advanced Controls". This will add the recording options to the bottom bar in the app.

Step 2. Configure the Recording Source

To set up an audio source for your recording, click the "Media" menu at the top and select "Open Capture Device". Click the "Capture Device" tab, select your speakers from the "Audio device name" field, and hit "Play" at the bottom.

Step 3. Start and Stop Recording Computer Sound

You can begin your computer audio recording by clicking the recording button in the bottom bar of the program. When you are done, simply click the stop button and that will stop your recording.

Conclusion

If you prefer Audacity, the above should teach you how to record your computer's internal audio with this program. If you want a bit more flexibility and a modern interface, EaseUS RecExperts is the tool to go for. The other tools do a pretty good job of recording as well.

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