How to Record Internal Sound

By Anya Meave

Updated September 22, 2017

The sound recording program is represented by a microphone.
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Recording internal sounds on the computer may seem impossible without the use of a professional audio recording program. However, this can be done by adjusting a few computer settings and using programs that are pre-installed with the computer's operating system. Once the settings have been adjusted and the programs have been selected, internal sounds can be recorded and used to mix music or for film projects.

Click on the “Start Menu” on the computer desktop to access the “Control Panel.” Once open, select the “Control Panel” option in the menu list, and click on “Hardware and Sound” from the “Control Panel” window that appears. The user will be navigated to a another screen.

Click on the “Sound” option in the “Hardware and Sound” window to change the microphone preferences. Click on the “Recording” tab in the “Sound” window to change the recording preferences. Right-click on the “Stereo Mix” option in the window and select the “Enable” option to permit internal sounds to be recorded on the computer. If this option isn’t available, right-click inside the window and select “Show Disabled Devices” to reveal the "Stereo Mix" option. Click “OK” upon completion.

Navigate to the “Start Menu” again and click on “All Programs” in the menu list. Choose “Accessories” from the program list, then select “Sound Recorder” to record the internal sounds. A new, narrow “Sound Recorder” screen will appear on the desktop with a “Start Recording” button and a time code.

Open the desired program to which sounds will be recorded from. Once open, click on the “Start Recording” button and begin playing the sounds. Once the sounds have finished playing, click “Stop Recording” to end the internal recording process. Enter the file name in the “File Name” box in the window that appears. Select a destination where the filed will be saved. Select “Save” upon completion.

Access the saved audio file from the destination it was saved. Click on the audio file icon to play it back in an audio player to ensure that the internal sound was recorded correctly.