How to Record sound from PC | Windows

Your PC is capable of recording all the sounds made by an open application in Windows. To take advantage of this, simply activate the audio mixing function and use a free recording program like Audacity.

Do you want to recover the sound of a music broadcast on a streaming site, a video, or an audio or video conversation held in a messaging software such as Messenger, Jitsi, or WhatsApp – provided you warn your interlocutors -? Windows can do it for you. With the help of the famous audio software Audacity, your PC can intercept all the sounds that pass through its audio circuit. All of them, without exception. From the sounds of alerts or notifications made by the system in case of problems to the music played through the computer’s speakers to the soundtracks of a movie or game, everything can be recovered. Fortunately, there is a way not to disturb a recording in progress. Here’s how to do it.

How to set Windows to record PC sounds?

A small adjustment is necessary before you can start recording all the sounds that pass through the PC.

  • Right-click on the speaker icon in the Windows taskbar, to the left of the clock. In the menu that appears, click on Sound.
  • The Sound Properties window appears. Activate the Recording tab.
  • Right-click in the center of the window. In the menu that appears, click Show disabled devices and Show disconnected devices.
  • New audio devices appear. In this case, Stereo Mix. This is where the recording of PC sounds will take place. Right-click on its name and choose Activate. Close the window by clicking on OK.

How to record PC sound with Audacity?

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Audacity is a free and open-source audio recording and editing program. Despite its great age – over twenty years! -and even if there are many richer tools, it remains a reference for sound lovers. It is very powerful and rather well adapted to recording, whatever the source. It is therefore in charge of recovering all the sounds emitted by Windows or the application of your choice.

  • If you don’t already have it, start by downloading Audacity onto your computer and installing it.
  • Open Audacity. At the top of the interface, under the playback and recording control buttons, click on the drop-down menu to the right of the microphone icon. Choose Stereo Mixing (Realtek)Audio – the term Reaktek refers to the manufacturer of the audio circuitry, so it will vary depending on the chip in your PC.
  • Audacity is now ready to record the sounds of your PC. If you only want to record the audio from a particular application – and certainly not the system sounds or those of any notifications that may arise! right-click on the Sound icon in the taskbar. In the menu that appears, choose Open Volume Mixer. A small window appears. Lower the System Sounds slider to the lowest setting. Do the same with other applications that might interfere with your recording. Then close the window.
  • When you are ready, start recording by clicking on the red button at the top of the Audacity window and then start playing the sound you want to record from a streaming site or any other application of your choice. The waveform will be displayed in Audacity as you record, indicating that the software is receiving the sound.
  • Click the Stop button (the black square) in Audacity when you want to stop the recording.
  • If you want to delete a part of the recording, for example at the beginning and end of the recording, select the audio part to be kept with the mouse. Then press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T.
  • Your sound is now cleaned of unnecessary parts.
  • All that remains is to save your audio file. Pull down the File menu and choose Export. Choose the desired format (MP3, WAV, or OGG).
  • Give a name to your file, choose the folder where it will be saved, and validate by clicking on Save.

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