How to Record Audio for Free

Audio is a medium for storing great memories. For example, when you find a beautiful song online, you may like to record it for offline playback or for burning onto a CD. You can also record audio through your own microphone when you are trying to learn a new language or learn to sing a song. Is there any tool to help record audio for free under such circumstances? The answer is yes. We will introduce several tools for you according to different situations, that is, recording audio from online websites and recording audio from external devices on your computer.

Part 1: Recording audio from online websites

There are many music websites that allow you to stream music online, such as Spotify and even YouTube, a video site, has provided its own music streaming service. So it is not unusual that recording streaming audio has become a great market though with many competitors. Don’t worry. We have selected some of the best streaming audio recorder that you can make the most of, including free and paid tools. Let’s check them out below. If you just record online songs occasionally, a free tool is recommended while you may need a paid tool to ensure good quality of recorded music files and consistent performance when you try to record a large quantity of online songs.

1. Audacity

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Audacity is a free but professional audio editor. But it also enables you to record audio right through your computer and it supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Steps of using Audacity to record audio from online websites

Check the steps below and you need to do some settings first. You can refer to the Audacity’s tutorial for more detailed information.

Step 1: make sure that your sound device on the computer supports for recording computer playback. Check here to see how to do this. Then choose the input in Audacity to be the sound device’s input for recording computer playback.

Step 2: go to Preferences-> Recording to turn Software Playthrough off.

Step 3: click the Record button and go to one of your favorite music sites like Spotify to play music. Click Stop to end the recording.

Step 4: finally click Export to save the recorded audio.

2. Wondershare streaming audio recorder

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This program is exclusively designed for recording audio from online websites with zero quality loss. It can identify all the information about the songs and allows you to play the recorded music files which will be in the format of MP3 and M4A. What’s more, you can use it to create ringtones to send to your phones. Learn More >>

Steps of using streaming audio recorder to record audio from online websites

The steps can be very easy with only three steps. You can check this article for further information. Here is a summary of the steps. You can give this tool a try since it can ensure stable performance and offers life-time technical support.

  1. Launch the streaming audio recorder
  2. Start to record audio from online websites
  3. Transfer recorded audio files to iTunes with just a click

Part 2: Recording audio from external devices through your computer

Sometimes you may need to record audio from your microphone, for example, to create an audio file to send to your friends. That’s very easy. If you are using a Windows operation system, there is a built-in sound recorder that you can utilize.

All you need is to plug in your external devices

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Steps to record audio from external devices

The steps can be very easy too. Follow us to check them below.

Step 1: first get your external device connected to your computer. We will take a microphone as an example.

Step 2: click the Start button on your computer and type Sound Recorder in the search box. Click Sound Recorder in the search result to start the program.

Step 3: click Start Recording on the program and you can begin to speak to your microphone.

Step 4: To stop the recording, just click Stop Recording and a window will pop up for you to save the file.

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