Record internal audio in Windows 11, 10

You can easily record audios, voices with the in-built Voice Recorder app on Windows 11 and Windows 10. It however can only capture sound from microphone. You can’t use it to capture sound from the computer’s sound card. In order to record those music songs or audios played on your computer, you have to use third-party apps. If you want to know how to record internal audio on Windows PC, such as Windows 10 or Windows 11, such as online music, internet radio, online broadcasts, Edge’s read-aloud voices, narrator voices, this article will help you.

Get the free audio recorder app for Windows

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac, and other OS. Find more details about Audacity below, you can also download and install this free audio recorder app on to your computer.

Method 1. Setup system audio recording from the Toolbar

Now that you have downloaded and installed the audio recorder app on your PC, you can follow the steps given below to record internal or system audio using the free recorder app.

Run the recorder app on your Windows PC. Make sure to enable the device in the toolbar first. Click View from the top menu bar, select Toolbars > Device Toolbar, see below screenshot.

In the Device toolbar of this audio recorder, choose Windows WASAPI as the Audio Host, select the device with “(loopback)” in its name in the Recording Device box, for example, “Speakers (loopback)”, “Speakers (Conexant Smartaudio HD)(loopback)”, “Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio) (loopback)”.

record system, internal audio, sound, music, windows wasapi, loopback recording device using Audacity on Windows computer

Method 2. Enable Windows internal audio recording from Audio Setup

Click on the Audio Setup button in the the top tooldock, then choose Host from the drop-down menu and select Windows WASAPI, choose Recording Device and select the loopback input for the computer playback device you will be listening to (for example, “Speakers (loopback)“. Remember that it will be marked with a (loopback) after it’s name.

audacity for windows - audio setup
Audacity for windows – audio setup – Audacity version 3.4.1

Method 3. Configure internal recording from Audio Settings

From the top menu bar of Audacity, click Edit > Preferences, then the Audio Settings dialog pops up. Here you can choose Windows WASAPI from the Interface > Host, and select the loopback device from Recording > Device. Click OK button to save the change and close the Audio Settings.

audacity for windows - audio settings choose windows wasapi host, loopback recording device
audacity for windows – audio settings choose windows wasapi host, loopback recording device – Audacity version 3.4.1

Record system audio in Windows 11, 10 using Audacity

Play the music or audio on your computer, or start the narration or read-aloud in Edge browser. And click the Record button in red in Audacity to start recording any sound plays on your computer. You should see the sound wave in the Audio Track section during the recording process. Click the Stop button to finish the recording.

Test your audio settings

Perform a test recording to make sure everything is set up correctly and adjust your audio settings if necessary.

Save your recording

Play the recorded audio to make sure the audio has been recorded, optionally edit the audio before saving the project or exporting it. To save the recorded audio or music, click File menu > Export. You can choose to export the audio as MP3, WAV, OGG or other formats from Audacity to the hard drive on your Windows PC.

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