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How to Capture Game Audio in OBS and Other Recorders

Vanessa Chiang updated on Jun 30, 2021 to EaseUS RecExperts | How-to Articles

While most computer games focus on giving users a thrilling visual experience, some games have better audio parts. Because of that, you might want to record the audio of these games on your computer. Luckily, you have multiple tools to record the game audio.

OBS is one of the completely free and open-source tools to capture game audio on your computer. Besides it, other tools allow you to record and save your game audio as well. Here we take a look at how to capture game audio in OBS and some of its competitive alternatives. 

Part 1. How to Capture Game Audio in OBS

OBS Studio stands for Open Broadcaster Software, and it is a free and open-source tool to help you capture your screen, record audio, and stream media. It is available for multiple platforms, which means OBS captures game audio on your Windows, Mac, and even Linux computers for audio capturing.

When it comes to recording game audio, you need to select the correct audio source for your games, and this tool will start capturing the game audio for you. Once that is done, you can then play around with your recorded file however you want.

obs - record your voice in game

Features:

  • Record audio from multiple sources at the same time
  • Works with any game to record audio
  • Record green screen webcam
  • Capture the video of your game as well
  • Record streaming audio on the website

How does OBS capture game audio? Here is a detailed tutorial about how to record game audio with OBS Studio. You can follow it to have a try.

Step 1. Add a Desktop Audio Source to OBS

To capture your game audio, click the "+" (plus) sign under "Sources" and select "Audio Output Capture". Then, select "Add Existing", choose "Desktop Audio", and hit "OK".

add audio source on obs

Step 2. Configure Audio Settings in OBS

You might want to customize your audio recording options further to ensure the audio is recorded exactly the way you want. To access and modify OBS settings, click the "Settings" option to the extreme right on your screen. Then, select "Audio" from the left sidebar to view and modify your audio settings.

customize audio settings

Step 3. Capture Game Audio in OBS

Click the "Start Recording" option on the right and accept any prompts to get on your screen. Make sure your game audio is being played in the background, and this will be recorded in OBS.

When you have finished recording, click the "Stop Recording" button to stop the game audio recording.

record game audio with obs

Step 4. Access Captured Game Audio in OBS

If you want to check the recordings, click the "File" menu at the top and select "Show Recordings". This will open a File Explorer window that lets you view all the recordings you have ever created with this software.

access game audio in obs

OBS is a great way to record game audio on your computers, but if game audio capturing is not the only task you need to do, you are better off using a less overwhelming tool. 

Part 2. Alternative Way to Record Game Audio

With EaseUS RecExperts for Windows, you can effortlessly record both the Windows PC screen and its audio. If there is a built-in microphone or an external microphone connected to the computer, you can also capture your voice with this great voice recorder. 

As a powerful streaming audio recorder on Windows, it enables you to choose the audio sources freely. You can capture the system sound and audio from the microphone separately or synchronously. That's why you can easily record a voiceover when you are capturing the game audio.

If you want to trim the audio recordings, a pre-installed video and audio editing tool is available. And you can even schedule recording to make it start a recording task whenever you want.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use
  • Record game with audio
  • Record game with the face using the webcam
  • Support most of the popular formats
  • The auto split feature makes will separate your recordings automatically

Before following the tutorial below, don't forget to download and install this software on your computer.

How to Record Game Audio with OBS's Alternative:

Step 1. Launch the game you want to record and then open EaseUS RecExperts. Select the "Audio" option to start the sound capturing mode.

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Step 2. There is a "Settings" option on the main interface, and you can click on it to customize some details for the recording. You can select the most appropriate output format, bitrate, and sampling rate for the game you want to record. Click on "OK" to continue.

set audio settings

Step 3. When it turns back to the main interface, click on the icon in the bottom left corner and select a suitable audio source. If you only want to record gameplay audio, "System sound" could be the right choice. If you want to capture the sound of gameplay and your own voice, it would be better to choose "Microphone and system sound".

video file sharing

Don't forget to tap on the "REC" button to start recording.

Step 4. During the audio capturing process, you will see a toolbar like this. Those two buttons on it can help you pause or stop the recording. When the recording stops, the captured audio will be saved on your device. You can preview the recordings using a built-in player.

start recording
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Part 3. Other Game Audio Recording tools

The tools mentioned above should meet almost all of your needs. However, if you are still looking for more options, the following are a few more tools for you to capture game audio on your computer.

1. Icecream Screen Recorder

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

With this software, you easily capture the game audio, and you will have an abundance of features to play around with. You have customizable options to record your computer's screen, like choosing the area you want to capture.

Then, there is the option of audio recording, and you can use it to record your game audio on your computer. You can capture audio from your computer's mic as well.

icecream screen recorder

Pros:

  • Capture game audio and mic audio simultaneously
  • Record part of screen by choosing recording area
  • Record your 3D games in full screen
  • Quickly upload your recordings to various cloud storage providers

Cons:

  • The free version only lets you record game audio for five minutes
  • You cannot have scheduled game recordings
  • You cannot use the tool in a commercial environment in the free version

2. Bandicam

Compatibility: Windows Vista/7/8/10

If you have ever searched for tools to record your screen or record your online calls, you have likely seen Bandicam in your search results. This tool allows you to capture many items, including the computer screen, audio, and even your other devices' feed. You can use the tool's audio recording option to capture the audio of the game.

There are configurable options that let you change how you want to make your game audio recordings. You can choose the audio source for your game audio, add your mic audio to your recording if you want, and change various other options in the settings menu.

bandicam game audio recorder

Pros:

  • Capture game audio and record many other items
  • Add your mic recording to your game audio recording
  • Record streaming video in high quality
  • Several customizable audio recording options

Cons:

  • There are not many audio formats to choose from
  • No options to edit your files
  • Adds a watermark to your files in the free version

3. TinyTake

Compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10

TinyTake might not be as popular as other game audio recorders, but it is certainly one of the best tools to capture game audio.

This tool comes loaded with several features like the option to take a screenshot and record your screen, as well as the ability to record audio from your system. This latter option can be utilized to record audio from all of the games you play on your machine.

You can make really long recordings with this tool. Additionally, you can record from the webcam if you want to add a small overlay to your screen recordings. You can add custom shortcuts to make your tasks a bit easier. Once your recordings are made, you can upload them to cloud service that is safe and secure.

tinytake record game audio

Pros:

Cons:

  • A bit overwhelming if you are only looking to capture game audio
  • It is not the most user-friendly software to use
  • The focus is only on on-screen recording and screenshots

Conclusion

If you prefer OBS for your recordings, the above guide should teach you how to capture game audio in OBS on your machine.

There are actually some better tools available to do the task, like EaseUS RecExperts, making the whole job a lot easier and convenient for you. You are free to make your own decision, but this tool is worth considering.

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