How to Record Audio from Computer in 4 simple ways

By Karen Nelson Last updated : January 12, 2022

Are you looking for a simple method to collect music on YouTube or collect chats in video games? Do you worry about missing the important material in webinar or online expert interview? Would you like to grab the music that cannot easily download for offline listening? To help you steer clear of trouble, we compiled 4 simple ways for you to record computer audio: system sound or microphone sound, or both.

Easiest way to Record Computer Audio [High Quality]

VideoSolo Screen Recorder is capable to capture all the computer screen activities and allows you to only record sound generated by Mac/Windows computer or any outer source, or record both.

• Clear and simple software interface. No advertisements, no bundled application, won't upload your recording. It is 100% safe.

• Feature-powerful and abundant in personalized settings including task scheduling, audio output format & quality, hotkey setting, etc.

• Consummate after-sale service system and feedback system. Moreover, there's a wealth of screen recorder tutorials on the VideoSolo official website.

# Step 1. Click "Audio Recorder" on the Main Interface

Download VideoSolo Screen Recorder and open it ,to record computer system audio, click "Audio Recorder" on the main interface when the program is launched.

Notice: It's noted that you need to install an audio driver when recording audio if your device is Mac.

Click Audio Recorder

# Step 2. Set Proper Recording Volume

Volume is an important element of pleasant audio. Before officially recording, you need to adjust appropriate system sound to record computer audio. You can play the music you want to record or whatever audio on your computer and then pull the slider to adjust the volume. If you just want to record computer sound, you'd better to turn off the microphone for better audio quality.

Set Computer Audio Volume

# Step 3. Modify Output Settings (Optional)

In the output tab, "MP3" & "High" are selected by default and you can easily modify them to WMA, M4A, AAC and lossless in Windows. In Mac version, the output formats are MP3, M4A, WMA, CAF, FLAC, OGG and OPUS.

Set Computer Audio Output

# Step 4. Click "REC" to Start a Recording

To avoid missing few seconds at the beginning of the audio, you'd better start the recording first by clicking the "REC" button then turn on the audio playing on your computer. And you can use the "Trim" feature to remove the unwanted part from the recorded audio track. You can control audio recording by clicking "Pause", "Stop", "Set record length" and "Option" button.

Control Audio Recording

# Step 5. Preview and Clip Computer Audio Recording

Once stopped recording, you will enter a preview window. Here you can use the "Clip" feature to adjust the length of your audio recording file. Click "Save" if you are satisfied with it. Now you can find the computer audio recording files in the output folder.

Preview and Clip Audio Recording

How to Record Audio on Windows 10 using Microsoft Voice Recorder

Using the built-in Windows toll, Window Voice Recorder, is the easiest way for Windows users to record the external sound. All you need to do is to check your computer microphone accessibility and capture your voice. But there is one thing you need notice is that this tool only works for microphone recording and it doesn’t capture any internal audio playing on your computer.

Step 1. Check your Microphone

Before recording your audio, make sure that your microphone is turned on. You can open the System Settings and go to the Input tab. Choose your microphone from the Drop-down menu and set the volume.

Step 2. Open Windows Voice Recorder

Click Start menu and search for Windows Voice Recorder in the search bar. Then open the app.

Open Windows Voice Recorder

Step 3. Start Audio Recording

You can see the recording icon on the middle center. Hit it and start recording. When you finish your recording, the file will be automatically saved in the Sound Recordings folder.

Start Recording

How to Record Computer Sounds with QuickTime Player on Mac

Developed by Apple, QuickTime Player is a popular and free official Mac media player for any downloaded video or image but also a powerful audio recorder. Whether you want to record a conversation or interview, QuickTime Player can easily recorder yourself with a couple steps.

Step 1. Open QuickTime Player

QuickTime has already downloaded in your device, you can search it in your search bar and open it.

Step 2. Select “ New Audio Recording”

Once you open the QuickTime Player, choose the “New Audio Recording” in the File list of the top-bar menu.

Select New Audio Recording

Step 3. Set Your Recording Volume

You can adjust the slider beneath your recording button to change the recording volume. QuickTime also have the option to adjust the recording quality by click the Drop Arrow next to the recording button.

Set Volume

Step 4. Click the Record Button and Begin Record

After all the settings done, you can click the red dot and begin record. Once you’re done, click the “stop” icon. And the file will be saved as an M4A file in your device.

Record Audio from Computer by Online Voice Recorder

Online Voice Recorder is a convenient and simple free online toll that can be used right in your browser. It has a clean and intuitive interface which also easy-to-use. Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice using a microphone and save it as an mp3 file.

Step 1. Open Online Voice Recorder

Search online voice recorder in your browser and open it.

Online Voice Recorder

Step 2. Microphone Settings

You can adjust your microphone settings by clicking the rightmost setting icon.

Step 3. Star Recording

After selecting the right microphone, you can begin your recording by hit the red dot button. You can stop recording by hitting the Pause button. After you’re recording done, hit the Red Square and finish recording.

Start Recording

Step 4. Trim and Save Your File

After recording, you can preview and trim your audio. And the file will directly save in your device as an mp3 file.

Trim Audio

Choose Best Way to Record Audio from Computer (Table Comparison)

Product VideoSolo Screen Recorder Microsoft Voice Recorder QuickTime Player Online Voice Recorder
Output format WMA,M4A,AAC and lossless in Windows.MP3,M4A,WMA, CAF, FLAC, OGG and OPUS in Mac. M4A M4A MP3
Audio Quality High Quality × High Quality ×
Customized Editing × × ×
Pause or Stop ×
Trim Audio Length
Hotkey Setting × × ×

Tip - How to Add ID3 Metadata If You Recorded A Song

The recorded audio doesn't has ID3 information. So if the audio you want to record is music, you need to manually add the ID3 metadata information to the audio file. Here we will use VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate to show you how to add ID3 metadata information. Or you can go to Recommended:Top 3 Easy ID3 Metadata Editor to get more choices.

  1. Download VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate and install it on computer. Then go to "Toolbox" > "Media Metadata Editor".

Interface for Toolbox

  1. Now click the "+" button to add the recorded audio file.

Media Metadata Editor

  1. When it comes to the editing panel, you are able to add the title, artist, album, composer, genre, year, track and comments to the audio file.

Add ID3 tags

With VideoSolo Screen Recorder, you can record any audio on your computer such as online streaming music, radio, BGM in gameplay, music in anime as well as songs in Spotify/Apple Music. Now it's the time to get the trial version to have a try!

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