Serious Question: How To Record Sound?

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  1.    22 Feb 2017 #1

    Serious Question: How To Record Sound?

    Sorry to be creating a thread, but I need some help from the knowledgeable I.T experts here!

    I have a song here that plays within an app on my Windows 10 PC.

    However, I want to create an .MP3 file of this song so I can play it in Windows Media Player on my PC.

    How can I do this?

    Thank you!
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  2.    22 Feb 2017 #2

    How to Record Stereo Mix (Record Sound from Your Computer) with Free Audio Recorder - YouTube

    (I searched for
    freeware record sound stereo mix
    There are lots of programs available that can do this- from audio editors to screen recorders, freeware to commercial.
    (The ones I have happen to be giveaways)

    If you need to edit your recording, try
    Nero WaveEditor 15.0.6000 Free Download

    Clearer to use than, say, Audacity.

    (Note: the Voice Recorder app only records from a microphone)
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  3.    22 Feb 2017 #3

    Another possibility would be to record the source with GameBar, (WinKey+G) and convert it to mp3 online.
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  4.    24 Feb 2017 #4

    Thanks so much for your replies!

    Is it possible to do this using an app that's built into Windows 10?
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  5. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       24 Feb 2017 #5

    Edwin's suggestion is built-in to Windows 10.

    Gamebar, which is accessed by the shortcut +G is there to enable recording of windows, sound, video, keystrokes, etc.

    Here's Brink's tutorial, which you may find helpful.

    Game Bar - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
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  6.    24 Feb 2017 #6

    Personally I find that incredibly cumbersome... at a glance, don't even know where the recording is stored, and I had to wade through a couple of unobvious screens to get Game bar responding - i.e. you need to follow the tutorial.

    That's certainly not intuitive.
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  7.    24 Feb 2017 #7


    I'll give it a try.
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  8.    24 Feb 2017 #8

    Are there any other options for me to try?
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  9. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       24 Feb 2017 #9

    I guess it didn't work.

    I wish I hadn't butted in earlier, since I had never tried to use it as a sound recorder before.

    Because it is a total pain in the butt!

    It should be easy +G then +Alt+G should start recording, stop from the +G again.

    I have a laptop with integrated GPU, so I get this:

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    Eventually I got here:

    which shows a list of supported hardware and lots of exceptions (which seem to exclude any Graphics card I have on any desktop).

    Nothing to do with the audio system (to take an audio clip) - but your Graphics system - WHY??

    Fair enough if I am trying to capture Video game action, but just a sound clip???

    So, no I got no further. Oh, and Gamebar on makes this laptop behave strangely - unresponsive, like I have to cover the window that has (or should have) the focus with another window before the window updates - even with the cmd console, so things seem slow and treacly.

    Dalchina says that the Voice recorder only records from the microphone, and it picks up sounds from the speakers, so it is weak and tinny and picks up external noises. To use Voice recorder:

    then type voice and then Enter

    opens the Voice recorder.

    the recordings are saved as .m4a files and are autonamed in

    C:\Users\Username\Documents\Sound recordings

    so you'd need to convert them to the format you want. I think Media Player will play and convert these?

    Since Windows 3.1 until Windows XP the Windows Sound Recorder (sndrec32.exe) did a better job. The Sound Recorder from Windows 7 or 8 does not work in Windows 10 - it depends on libraries that have been changed. I discovered that Windows XP sndrec32.exe does work in Windows 10 - it complains that something failed to register, but works as well as it ever did - which is not very impressively.

    But it does steal the Windows 10 Winver dialog when you click the Help, About menu:

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    Just a word about the Windows store - if you click then type Voice Recorder​ you will find some suggestions - I do not know what they are like, but you might dare to try them!
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  10.    24 Feb 2017 #10

    This will work if your audio drivers support the method:
    1 Open System Tray
    2 right click Speaker icon
    3 click on Recording devices
    Right click in the 'Recording' Tab area and check mark 'Show Disabled Devices'/'Disconnected Devices', (5, 6)
    4 right click Stereo Mix
    7 Set as Default Device
    8 Press Record using Windows Voice Recorder
    9 Play the source.

    The recorded files will be in Documents/Sound Recordings

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