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[Solved!] Can I Record YouTube with Audacity? How to Do It?

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Updated on May 25, 2021

Many Audacity users don’t know how to record YouTube with Audacity, if you are one of them, then you can gain the detailed steps in this article and an easier alternative – Free HD Video Converter Factory. Read on.

(Disclaimer: The Method below is just for personal fair use. WonderFox doesn’t advocate to record YouTube for any commercial purpose. Any violation of YouTube Terms of Service and Copyright is forbidden.)

Q: I've been using Audacity for a while. Now all I wish to do is to record the sound (music) from YouTube videos. I've read several articles on how to do it in the Audacity but still ended up with confusion. Can you provide a step-by-step instruction?

A: Audacity does have the ability to record YouTube streaming audio, but due to different audio hosts and recording/playback devices, many people often get confused in the operation and make a mess. If you are also tired of this, just follow the detailed and illustrated steps below to record YouTube with Audacity.

Part 1. Preparatory Work for Audacity Record from YouTube

Upgrade the Audio Card DriverUpgrade the Audio Card Driver

Step 1. Make Sure You Upgrade the Audio Card Driver to the Latest Version. Click the Windows button in the lower-left corner, search for Device Manager and open it.

Double-Click on Sound, video and game controllers, right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio, then select Update Driver Software.

Enable Stereo MixEnable Stereo Mix

Step 2. Enable Stereo Mix in Recording Devices. Many people don't see this option. This is because Windows often opens the microphone inputs by default and hides the Stereo Mix, which can be enabled by the following steps.

1) Right-click on the speaker icon in the lower right corner, select Open Sound Settings (For Windows 7, select Recording devices directly), click on the Sound Control Panel on the right, and click on the Recording tab.

2) Right-click in the blank space and check Show Disabled Devices. Stereo Mix will appear.

3) Right-click on Stereo Mix, select Enable, and finally, disable other options.

After the above preparations are completed, proceed to the following tutorial.

Part 2. How to record YouTube Audio with Audacity

Since the latest version of Audacity v2.3.2 includes the LAME MP3 encoder and if you want to convert YouTube to MP3, you’d better upgrade Audacity to the latest version. You can download the latest version form the official website:

Now let us take a look at the detailed steps for Audacity record from YouTube.

Run AudacityRun Audacity

Step 1. Run Audacity and click on the menu bar Transport > Transport Options to remove all checkmarks.

Step 2. In the Audio Host section, select Windows WASAPI; in the Recording Devices section, select Stereo Mix (Realtek High Definition Audio); in the Recording Channels section, select Stereo.

Record YouTube with AudacityRecord YouTube with Audacity

Step 3. Visit YouTube, find the video you want to record and start playing.

Step 4. Return to Audacity, click the red record button, and click the Stop button to finish recording. Then proceed to further editing according to your needs.

Learn More: Stereo to Mono | Normalize Audio | Audio Fade Out

Step 5. When you're done, click on File > Export in the top left corner to export the recorded MP3 audio file.

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Compared with Audacity record YouTube, there is a better solution to gain YouTube audio – URL downloader. Free HD Video Converter Factory is such a downloader. By taking advantage of it, you can avoid accidents like noises, lagging, A/V out of sync, etc. during the recording process and gain a better audio quality file. Now let me introduce the simple YouTube download guideline to you.

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Step 1. Copy and Paste URL

DownloadDownload, install and launch Free HD Video Converter Factory. Click on "Downloader" option and hit "New Download" button, and a new download window will pop up. Open the YouTube video you want to download, copy the URL. Return to the downloader, press "Paste and Analyze" button.

Step 2. Analyze and Select Download Option

Wait for a while, it will display all available formats and resolution below. Navigate to the "Download Audio" section, select M4A option and click OK to add this download task. With the same steps, you can download multiple M4A files.

Step 3. Custom the Output Path and Start Download

Click on the inverted triangle icon to nominate the output path. Lastly, click Download All to start downloading YouTube audio. Also, you are able to convert M4A file to other formats in Converter.

After you download the audio, the Converter option further offers several audio editing tools, such as merging multiple songs into one track, cutting audio into clips and so forth.

At last...

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