EaseUS RecExperts

An easy-to-use screen recording utility to record and capture everything for any occasion.

  • Capture a full or a certain area on a PC screen
  • Record audio like system sound, microphone, or both
  • Catch the gameplay and upload it to YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox

How to Record Desktop Audio on Windows and Mac

Jane Zhou updated on Jul 30, 2020 to Screen Recording Utility | How-to Articles

"How to record desktop audio on my PC?" "Is it possible to capture audio playing on my Mac computer"

Most people want to record audio playing on the computer, but not sure how? If you are one of them, you can get audio from your computer easily and quickly after reading this article, no matter what operating systems you are using. In this article, we will introduce five audio capturing programs and detail on how to record audio playing on Windows PC, Mac, and online.

You can find how to record audio on Windows 10

How to Record Desktop Audio on Windows 10

Recording desktop audio on Windows PC is an easy thing, and all you need is a useful audio capturing software. Here you can learn two amazing audio recorders. Just continue reading.

1. EaseUS RecExperts 

EaseUS RecExperts is a fantastic and popular audio capturing software, which is widely used by most pros and novices. This software can help you record desktop audio on your computer easily and quickly. Besides, it enables you to add a voiceover while recording computer audio with one click.

Apart from audio recording software, it is also a powerful screen recorder. It makes it easy to capture any area of your screen, record webcam, and capture your favorite gameplay with a high-quality output video. When recording the screen, you can add texts, lines, arrows, and do other real-time editing work to make your recording more interesting.

EaseUS RecExperts supports many other options:

  • Capture the entire screen, a single window, or a selected area on your screen flexibly
  • Remove background noise and enhance your voice easily
  • Support to create a recording task automatically and start recording at a specific time
  • Offer more than 10 output formats for you to choose
  • Upload your recording to popular social video platforms like YouTube directly

Download the amazing screen recorder and start to record desktop audio on your computer now.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts, you can choose one of the four main functions on the main screen. Here you need to click "Record Audio".

mainscreen of EaseUS RecExperts

Step 2. In the "System sound" setting, you can select the audio type you need to record, such as System sound, Microphone, System sound and microphone, and Record without audio. And then click the "REC" button to start recording.

select audio type

Step 3. When you finish recording, you will see your audio recording file in the video list, and then select the file and right-click it that you can compress, edit, share, and rename your audio file.

edit audio files

You also can click the "Open folder" button to find this audio file on your computer.

2. VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a well-known video player and converter. It can play and convert various video files in different formats. Apart from that, it is a useful audio recorder. This freeware allows you to record desktop audio on your Windows PC without installing any other third-party software. You can also use it to capture your screen and your favorite streaming videos with a few simple clicks.

Record desktop audio VLC

Below are the tutorials to record computer audio using VLC:

Step 1. Launch VLC on your computer. Click "View" > "Advanced Controls" from the drop-down menu. 

Step 2. Choose the "Media" button and select the "Open Capture Device". Once the new window opens, click the triangle from the Audio Device name and choose an audio source. Here select Microphone if you record audio from your computer's microphone; select Stereo Mix when you record audio from your speakers. Then click the "Play" option.

Step 3. Play the audio track and click the red circle button to start recording your desktop audio.

Step 4. If you are going to stop the recording, just click the record button again to end the recording. Then you can find the audio recording file in the Windows "Music" folder.

How to Record Desktop Audio on Mac

It seems a little difficult to record desktop audio on Mac computer, as Mac is not allowed you to record internal audio. Then are there any methods to solve the problem? Of course. In this part, we will introduce some freeware to help you complete the work.

1. QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player is a multifunctional software on your Mac. It can not only play video and audio files but capture screen and audio. It allows you to record your screen with a voiceover from your microphone at the same time. However, it can not enable you to record the desktop audio on Mac. If you need to, you can record computer audio with Soundflower plus QuickTime Player. How to do the task? Just take a look at the following tutorial steps.

Record desktop audio on Mac using QuickTime Player

Step 1. Download QuickTime Player and Soundflower on your Mac. 

Step 2. Open System Preferences and click "Sound" > "Output". Here choose Soundflower (2ch).

Step 3. Launch QuickTime Player, on the top bar, click "File" > "New Audio Recording". Click the little arrow on the side of the QuickTime window. Under the microphone section, choose the "Soundflower (2ch) option. 

Step 4. Now play the audio that you want to record on your Mac computer and click the red button to capture the computer's audio.

Step 5. When you are done, you can hear the audio on your computer.

2. OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a free and open-source audio recording software for Windows, macOS, and Linux computers. It can help you record desktop audio on your Mac easily. Moreover, it is a good helper for streaming and recording gameplay on your computer. Equipped with a powerful API, enabling plugins and scripts, it can provide further customization and functionality specific to your needs.

Record desktop audio on Mac using OBS

Step by step t record desktop audio on Mac using OBS Studio:

Step 1. Download OBS Studio and iShowU Audio Capture, then install them on your Mac.

Step 2. Click "audio MIDI Setup" > "+" in the bottom left. Then select "Create Multi-Output Device" and "iShowU Audio Capture" as the main device.

Step 3. Go to "System Preference" and choose the "Sound Preference" option. Once the next screen shows up, make sure that "Multi-Output Device" is selected. Then open OBS Studio and set Audio to "iShowU Audio Capture".

Step 4. Once done, you can start to capture audio on your Mac quickly and easily with OBS Studio.

How to Record Desktop Audio Online

Chrome Audio Capture is a Chrome extension that allows users to capture any audio playing on your computer. It can capture multiple tabs audio simultaneously. The recorded audio will be saved as either *.mp3 or *.wav files. While recording, you will have the option to mute tabs that are currently being captured.

Record desktop audio online

Step by step to capture computer audio online:

Step 1. Install Chrome Audio Capture from the Chrome Web store. 

Step 2. Open the window that you want to capture the audio. The tool will add a record button next to the URL bar. When you are going to start recording, click it, and select "Start Capture" option. Also, you can use the keyword shortcuts to record desktop audio.

Step 3. Once the recording is complete, you can click the icon and choose the "Save capture" button. You can save the recorded audio file in your desired format and folder on your computer.

Try: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-audio-capture/kfokdmfpdnokpmpbjhjbcabgligoelgp/related?hl=en

The Bottom Line

In this article, you have learned five easy and reliable ways to record desktop audio on your computer, so which audio recording software will you choose? Each software has its own advantages and can meet your needs, select the best one based on your needs while choosing.

If you want to record desktop audio on Windows PC, EaseUS RecExperts is your best choice. You can do the task efficiently with this audio recording software. In addition, you can use it to record anything appearing on your screen within three clicks. After recording, it offers you options to edit the file by trimming, compressing, etc.. You can not miss such an all-in-one screen recorder.

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