I have some audio playing from my computer I'd like to record.

I don't want to use the microphone, as this would produce feedback. I want to record straight from whatever the computer is spitting out.

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For Windows Users:

Step 1: Enable "Stereo Mix"

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if you don't see it, you can try looping:

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For OS X users:

you can use Soundflower:

Soundflower is a free, open source MacOS system extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications. Soundflower is easy to use, it simply presents itself as an audio device, allowing any audio application to send and receive audio with no other support needed.


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Step 2: Use a software like Audacity to record "Stereo Mix", or your loop.

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  • Windows' built-in tool Sound Recorder could also work.
    – ComFreek
    Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 11:37
  • Do you know how I could do this on OSX? Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 13:44
  • Using a looping (double-male ended audio cord) should work fine on any system with both a line in and a line out. Then use any sound recording software. For a software solution I don't know - not a Mac guy at all. Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 15:31
  • Added in the answer. I wonder whether we should indeed split into two different questions as it is getting crowded. Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 20:03
  • Some modern laptops use a combo TRRS cable for audio in an out. You might be able to do the loopback setup with a trrs male -> 2x trs female cable Commented Jun 29, 2014 at 2:41

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