Recording audio playing on the computer
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Revision as of 19:27, 14 April 2012 by BillWharrie
|Audacity does not provide its own ability to record computer playback but can do so if the computer sound device offers this ability.
If you need to use a legacy version of Audacity, instructions for track splitting can be found on the main Audacity site's FAQ page.
Generally, it is better to extract or import audio from CDs, DVDs or existing video or audio files than record them as they play. Recording from an analog sound card is relatively inexact and lossy because the digital source is converted to analog to play it, then back to digital to record it. The resulting quality will depend (amongst other things) on the quality of your sound card's digital to analog and analog to digital converters.
- To extract audio CD tracks to your computer, see How to import CDs.
- If you use the current Audacity version then download and install the optional FFmpeg library, you can import most types of unprotected audio file into Audacity. FFmpeg can also extract audio from the individual VOB files stored on unencrypted DVDs.