3 Easy Ways to Record Computer Audio

Are you tired of struggling with muddy sound quality and cumbersome editing? Your search for the perfect solution ends here. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into three effective methods to elevate your audio recording game. From exploring built-in tools on Windows and macOS to the cutting-edge capabilities of ScreenApp, we cover it all.

Written by
Andre Smith
Updated On
February 6, 2024

You know the drill: hit record, brace yourself for muddy mic audio and system sound leaks, then spend hours editing out the noise. Ugh. But what if, with a few simple clicks, you could transform your recordings from murky mess to studio-quality masterpieces? Well, friends, your audio upgrade has arrived! Discover 3 ways to break free from subpar sound, featuring the one tool that's making everyone rethink how they record: ScreenApp. Get ready to say goodbye to frustration and hello to sonic nirvana!

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Methods to Record Computer Audio

Method 1: Built-in Tools

Every computer comes equipped with basic audio recording capabilities, but convenience often comes with trade-offs. Let's explore the options for Windows and macOS users:

Windows Voice Recorder:

  • Pros: Simple interface, easy to access, supports basic editing and trimming.
  • Cons: Limited features, no separate control for system and microphone audio, quality can be inconsistent.

How to Record with Windows Voice Recorder

  1. Launch the app
  2. Open the Start menu.Type "Voice Recorder" and press Enter.2. Start recording:
  3. Click the large blue microphone button to begin recording.3. Pause and resume (optional):
  4. Click the pause button (two vertical bars) to temporarily halt recording.Click the same button again to resume.4. Finish recording:
  5. Click the blue stop button (square) to end the recording.5. Review and edit (optional):
  6. Click the play button (triangle) to listen to your recording.Use the "Trim" button to cut unwanted sections.Use the "Rename" button to give the file a descriptive name.6. Save the recording:
  7. Click the "Save" button (floppy disk icon) to store the recording in your desired location.Additional tips:
  8. Adjust the microphone volume in your system settings for optimal recording levels.Consider using a headset with a built-in microphone for better sound quality.Save your recordings in a dedicated folder to keep them organized.Explore the "Share" option to send recordings to others via email or other apps.

macOS QuickTime Player:

  • Pros: Includes audio recording alongside video capture, supports file format conversion.
  • Cons: Not primarily designed for audio recording, can be less intuitive, lacks advanced editing options.

How to Record with Quicktime

  1. Launch QuickTime Player by locating it in your Applications folder or using Spotlight Search (Cmd+Space).
  2. Create a new audio recording by clicking on File in the menu bar and selecting New Audio Recording.
  3. Optionally, configure recording settings by clicking the Options dropdown menu, where you can choose the microphone, and select the desired audio quality (High, Medium, or Low).
  4. Start recording by clicking the red Record button (or pressing Cmd+R).
  5. Monitor audio levels to ensure clear audio capture and adjust your microphone or input volume as necessary.
  6. Optionally, pause and resume recording by pressing Option+Cmd+R to pause and the same command again to resume.
  7. Stop recording by clicking the black Stop button (or pressing Cmd+Esc).
  8. Save your recording by clicking File in the menu bar, selecting Save, naming your audio file, and choosing a save location.

While these built-in tools can be helpful in a pinch, they often fall short when it comes to flexibility, quality, and ease of use. If you're seeking more control, better sound, and a smoother workflow, ScreenApp offers a superior alternative designed specifically for seamless audio recording.

Method 2: Audacity

For those willing to dive into a more technical realm, Audacity stands as a popular free and open-source audio editor. Here's what it brings to the table:


  • Extensive features: Wide range of editing tools, effects, and plugins.
  • Multi-track editing: Combine multiple audio sources, ideal for podcasts and music production.
  • Customizable interface: Adjust layout and preferences to suit your workflow.


  • Steeper learning curve: Interface can be overwhelming for beginners.
  • Limited recording options: Less intuitive for basic audio capture from computer sources.
  • Potential compatibility issues: Might require additional setup for system audio recording.

How to Record with Audacity

  1. Download and install Audacity by visiting the official website, downloading the latest version, and following the setup instructions.
  2. Connect your microphone to your computer's 3.5mm jack or USB port, or connect an external audio interface if necessary.
  3. Launch the Audacity application.
  4. Set up your recording device by clicking the microphone icon in the toolbar, then selecting your microphone in the dropdown menu. For USB microphones, also select it in your computer's sound settings.
  5. Optionally, adjust recording levels by clicking the speaker icon in the toolbar, speaking into the microphone to check input levels, and adjusting the input volume in your computer's sound settings or Audacity's Preferences as needed.
  6. Start recording by clicking the red Record button in the toolbar.
  7. Monitor your recording, watching the waveform to ensure appropriate levels.
  8. Stop recording by clicking the Stop button in the toolbar.
  9. Save your recording by going to File > Save Project, or export it as an audio file (e.g., MP3, WAV, FLAC) via File > Export.
  10. Optionally, edit your recording using Audacity's tools to trim, cut, copy, paste, delete, and adjust volume as needed.

While Audacity offers a robust toolkit for audio enthusiasts, it's not always the most efficient choice for straightforward computer audio recording. If you value simplicity and speed without sacrificing quality, ScreenApp's intuitive design and streamlined features might be a better match for your needs.

Method 3: ScreenApp Audio Recorder

Ready to experience audio recording that's as effortless as it is exceptional? Enter ScreenApp, the tool that elevates your recordings to new heights without the technical headaches. Here's why it's a game-changer:

Ease of Use at Its Finest:

  • Intuitive interface: Navigate effortlessly with a clean, user-friendly design.
  • One-click recording: Start capturing audio in seconds, no complex setup required.
  • Drag-and-drop organization: Manage your recordings with ease, keeping your library neat and tidy.

Uncompromising Audio Quality:

  • Crisp, crystal-clear sound: Capture every detail with exceptional clarity, even at high volumes.
  • Separate system and microphone controls: Record system audio, microphone audio, or both simultaneously for maximum flexibility.
  • Noise reduction features: Filter out unwanted background noise for professional-sounding results.

Versatility That Adapts to Your Needs:

  • Record any computer audio: Capture music, games, online courses, video calls, and more – any sound your computer plays.
  • Record audio tracks during screen recording: Create engaging video tutorials or presentations with flawless audio synchronization.
  • Export in various formats: Choose from MP3, WAV, FLAC, and more to match your project's requirements.

Bonus Features That Streamline Your Workflow:

  • Scheduled recording: Set it and forget it, capturing audio even when you're away.
  • Customizable hotkeys: Trigger recordings with ease using your preferred keyboard shortcuts.
  • Integration with other tools: Seamlessly share recordings with your favorite editing software or cloud storage platforms.

How to Record Audio with ScreenApp

  1. Open your web browser and visit the ScreenApp website at https://screenapp.io.
  2. On the homepage, click the "Start Recording" button.
  3. Choose your audio source: "Microphone" for external sounds, "Browser Audio" for in-browser audio, or "System Audio" for all computer sounds.
  4. Select your screen sharing preference: "Entire Screen" for the whole display, "Application Window" for a specific app, or "Chrome Tab" for a single browser tab.
  5. Click "Start Recording" after making your selections.
  6. While recording, speak or play any audio you wish to capture. If screen sharing, perform the actions you want to record.
  7. End your recording by clicking the red "Stop Recording" button.
  8. ScreenApp will process your recording. Once done, you can download it as an MP4 file, share it via a link, or access the audio transcript (if available).

With ScreenApp, you'll never miss a beat or waste time wrestling with complicated software. It's the perfect companion for anyone who wants to capture computer audio effortlessly and with exceptional quality.


So, there you have it: 3 ways to conquer computer audio, from the basic tools to the powerful but complex, and finally, the effortless champion – ScreenApp. Remember, your choice doesn't define your skills, but it can dramatically impact your experience.

If you're tired of battling clunky software and subpar sound, choose ScreenApp and unleash your inner audio master. With its intuitive interface, exceptional quality, and versatile features, it's your gateway to creating crystal-clear recordings that captivate and inspire.

ScreenApp effortlessly captures your screen recordings and leverages AI to transcribe, summarize and take notes of your videos and audio, making it simple to share insights with your team, clients, and prospects.

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