If you need to record music or any other sounds produced by the computer you can use the Stereo Mix feature of your computer sound card. AVS Audio Editor will help you perform this task.
Step 1: Download and install AVS Audio Editor
Click here to get it. After the download is finished, run the AVSInstallPack.exe file and follow the installation wizard instructions.
Step 2: Create a new file
Click the New... button on the Home tab of the Ribbon Command Bar.
The New File window will be opened allowing you to define file properties that will contain the recorded audio data. The following parameters are available: Sample Rate, Sample Size, Number of Channels and New File Name.
Use the OK button to save the selected parameters and close the New File window. A new empty file will be created.
Step 3: Adjust recording settings
Open the Record tab to be able to adjust recording settings.
Here you can quickly adjust general recording settings: select and test an input device, set its balance and gain. If you press the Advanced button of the Recording Options group you will be able to configure the same parameters and some additional recording settings.
The Options window will appear with the opened Recording tab. Select the Stereo Mix option in the Input drop-down list.
Note: you can enable or disable the needed device and adjust its properties directly from the program interface using the Windows recording control button to open the window with the list of Windows recording devices.
After selecting the Stereo Mix option you can adjust the following recording settings:
Note: some settings can be disabled depending on the operating system installed on your computer and your sound card.
Note: if the drop-down list doesn't contain the Stereo Mix option (the Windows Vista case mainly) and you are completely sure your sound card supports the Sound Mix feature then:
Step 4: Test your device
To make sure that the volume level of the original sound signal is enough to record it and the Stereo Mix works properly, click the Test Input button. You will see the blue lines inside a special box move and change shape. Each line corresponds to a channel.
When you are through with your test, press the Stop Test button. Then click the OK button to apply the changes made and close the Options window.
Step 5: Record the music
To begin the recording process click the Start the recording button at the bottom of the program window. Don't forget to start playing the music that is supposed to be recorded (e.g. load a media player or Internet radio).
The Volume Indicators on the right display whether or not the level of the signal coming from your sound card is strong enough during recording. As soon as you finish the recording process, press the Stop the recording button at the bottom of the program window. To playback the resulting audio file click the Go to Previous Marker button to play the track from the very beginning and then press the Play button.
Note: you can also use buttons from the Recording Controls group on the top of the program window to manage the recording process.
To save the created audio file, go back to the Home tab and click the Save button. For more detailed information on the saving options of AVS Audio Editor refer to the corresponding section of the Online Help