How to record system sound

Last updated on December 14, 2020 by

Ever want to record sound from computer? More specifically, we can record what we hear from the computer’s sound card, but not MIC. This way the output audio quality becomes more pure and exquisite. It gets a little tricky sometimes, now, the article below will offer a couple of solutions.

Free ways to record system sound

Windows Sound Recorder

For most Windows users, the computer itself comes with internal sound recorder that allows you to record audio. Launch Sound Recorder application by clicking Start. Type Sound Recorder and press Enter key on your keyboard. Then, choose it from the programs list. The pop-up window will prompt you to start recording. But in some cases, many users mistakenly think that it can just record audio from microphone. Actually, if you do not have a microphone, you can still use it to record audio that comes out of your speaker as long as the sound card supports.

To record system sound, all you need to do is enable Stereo Mix. Tips has been mentioned while introducing Free Online Audio Recorder. You can directly move to the step one below. However, Sound Recorder provides limited functionality. What’s even worse is the fact that it makes background noise in the recording.

Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder

Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder is another way of recording any sound that you can hear. It is available as a web-based service for using. Besides being able to record from microphone, it can be used as a system sound recorder. Before recording, you should choose System sound as input audio source. Just tap Record and you will be able to record from your computer’s sound card. When compared the two methods, Free Audio Recorder clearly has an edge over Windows Sound Recorder. In spite of both being free, Audio Recorder performs versatile functions, such as creating scheduled tasks, converting audio to other formats, etc. Above all, you can get original audio quality as you hear. Given a choice, I guess you will take the one that does more.

Even Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder is good to use, problems can still arise. Based on the feedback from customer, sometimes they got an error message after launching audio recorder, as shown below. When this happens, I suggest you click Yes to install virtual sound card. If it still does not work for you, you can record audio even without the software’s virtual sound card. The analysis of problem-solving process is as follows for reference.

Virtual Sound Card

Tips: How to record system audio without virtual sound card

Step One: Enable Stereo Mix in Windows computer

Audio settings

There should be firstly set up your computer. Right-click the Volume icon on your taskbar and press Recording devices. Microphone is selected by default. Simply right-click on a blank area and check Show Disabled Devices, you will see Stereo Mix option appear. Then, you need right-click Stereo Mix and choose Set as Default Device. Once done, you can start recording audio from computer. In fact, enabling Stereo Mix can be applied to all the other recording devices. Just watch this video demo for easy operation.

record system sound

There are situations in which you need to update your audio chipset drivers, precisely because the Windows version doesn’t support this feature. In that case, you can change your drivers.

Step two: Set up your software – Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder

After enabling Stereo Mix, you can run Online Audio Recorder. Simply click Options icon under Tools profile and settings can be customized. Please make sure you have selected this as the picture shows.

Audio input source

Step three: Check input audio source

The final step is select Microphone as input audio source. Okay, you can start recording now. You will find that you can record system audio even the virtual sound recorder is not being detected.


Now this is amazing, you get the right system sound recorder. It does not require extensive steps to make it work. Bear in mind that all you need to do is select the appropriate audio input device.

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  • avatar
    Free recorder is great.I am trying it out before buying the upgrade. Is there a way to reduce sytem volume whie talking into a microphone when you are using system sound and microphone imput together?
    • Dear user. To do it, you can lower down the volume of your computer sound before recording.
  • avatar
    I used the apowersoft online feature and when I installed the apowersoft virtual sound recorder suddenly I am no longer able to hear any sound at all on my pc. I disabled and removed the apowersoft recording driver and sound driver it installed and still I cannot hear any sound on my pc. As a novice, I need to remove apowersoft drivers from my pc so I can listen to things on my pc once again. I read your web page here. I followed the advice and still I have no sound. Can you help?
    • Hi, Carla. Thank you for contacting us. You can solve this problem with following steps: 1.Right click on the sound icon in the Notification Area and select 'Playbackdevices'. playback devices 2.A new window called Sound will open. In this window, you can set the sound devices for playback. Please set the correct default playback (not Speakers (Apowersoft_AudioDevice)). default speakers Or you just need to launch it to start recording, and then stop it, your sound will come back.
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