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2 Ways to Record Computer Audio for Playback on Any Device

By Zoe Clarke

September 02, 2018

There are many useful online resources for study. However, not all of them can be downloaded for later use. In this article, I will show you two powerful audio recorders - TuneFab Screen Recorder and Audacity, to record computer Audio into MP3 for playback on any device you need.


Part 1. Record Computer Audio with TuneFab Screen Recorder

TuneFab Screen Recorder is a powerful software that allows audio lovers to download and record audios from their computer media player to MP3. Let's see what TuneFab Screen Recorder can help.

Download TuneFab Screen Recorder and see how to record computer audios to MP3.

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab Screen Recorder

After the installation of TuneFab Screen Recorder on your computer, launch it and you will see the interface as below. Choose "Audio Recorder" and move on.

Main Interface

Step 2. Open System Audio & Microphone

If you want to record your voice together with the system sound, you will need to enable "Microphone" in the interface. To record audios on your computer, just enable "System Audio".

Record Audio

Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

Go to "More Settings" >"Output" > "MP3" as the output format and hit "OK".

Choose Output Audio Format

Step 4. Start Recording Audios

Click on "REC" button to start recording audios on your computer.

Start Recording

Step 5. Preview your Recordings

When you finish recording audio, you are able to check your recordings before save it as an MP3 file.

Preview Audio

Step 6. Select Output Folder

If the audio satisfies you, click "Save" to bring up a new interface. Click three-dot icon to choose a folder to save your output file if necessary.

Select Output Folder

Tips: More Functions of TuneFab Screen Recorder

• Capture Online Videos: Capture videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

• Record Game Process: Perfect for game players to share the whole process with their friends.

• Screencast Webcam Video: Skype and WhatsApp video chat recorder to save webcam videos.

• Make Video Tutorials:  Include system audio, microphone audio and desktop operation in video.

• Take Screenshot:  Screenshot taking is also available on TuneFab Screen Recorder.

• Shortcut Setting: Set up shortcut buttons to keep the recording process and efficient.

• Custom Output Formats: WMV, MP4 for videos and WMA, MP3, M4A and AAC for audios.

Part 2. Record Computer Audio for Playback with Audacity

1. What is Audacity

Audacity is started as a recording computer software and free open source digital audio editor since 1999 by Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg at Carnegie Mellon University. The software is welcomed and reached 76.5 million downloads by 2011 October. In 2017, it has exceeded 51.8 million downloads. The reason why this program has a good reputation is because of:

1.1. Outstanding Features: Envelope editing, tracks mixing, overdubs recording while playing previously recorded tracks, scrubbing, spectral editing, adding normalization, trimming, fading in and out and more powerful post-processing features.

1.2. Wide Range of Supported Format: WAV, AIFF, OGG and MP3.

1.3. Operating System Compatibility: Windows 7/8/10; Macintosh OS X 10.6 and later; Linux/Unix and other *.nix-based systems


2. How to Record Audio with Audacity

Step 1. Download Audacity on your computer.

Step 2. Turn off "Software Playthrough" by "Edit" > "Preferences..." > "Recording" otherwise the soundcard will try to play the recording and at the meantime, you will re-record it which causes echoes and damages your equipment.

Audacity Turn off Software Playthrough

Step 3. Set initial sound levels. Before recording audio, you should monitor and adjust levels of audios to ensure the Meter Toolbar do not reach -9.0 to -6.0 dB.

Set Initial Sound Levels

Step 4. Start recording. Click on the red Record button in the Transport Toolbar and start the recording. Keep an eye on the "disk space remaining" message at the bottom to make sure recordings have adequate space. Hit on the black square icon to stop.

Audacity Start Recording

Step 5. Save the capture. After finishing recording, choose "File" > "Export" and in the drop-down list, you will see several audio formats provided. It is highly recommended that you save the computer in WAV or AIFF. You can also save audio to external hard drive or CD as a backup.

Audacity Export Audio

Step 6. Edit Audio by Adding Effect. Once you have a raw material backup of your audio, you can add effect and choose those you want by hitting the "Effect" option on the top.

Audacity Add Effect Edit

Part 3. Comparison Between TuneFab Screen Recorder and Audacity

Both TuneFab Screen Recorder and Audacity are the powerful and ideal tool to record computer audios. However, there are obvious differences between them.


The interface of Audacity is not that up-to-date and looks old-fashion. This will to some extent, give its users a misunderstanding that the program is not maintained for years and won't trust this tool at first glance. Moreover, the interface is a little bit stuff up. There are many options at the top of the interface and I feel at sea the first time I saw this function menu.

Audacity Appearance Issue

Instead, TuneFab has a simpler and succinct interface. You can easily know where to click.

Record Audio


Audacity is an excellent audio recording and editing software that enables you to save WAV, AIFF, OGG and MP3 or other formats. WMA, AAC or other formats are not supported. Though Audacity enables you to save MP3, the quality is not that good as you need unless you use variable bitrate (VBR). So I recommend you to export your recording as WAV and create MP3 with iTunes. On the other hand, TuneFab Screen Recorder is merely a video and audio recorder. There are no editing features provided. However, it enables you to export audios into lossless WMA, MP3, M4A and AAC. Moreover, changing the Frame Rate and sound quality is supported.

Output Audio Format

Part 4. Which to Choose? TuneFab Screen Recorder or Audacity

To draw a conclusion, both TuneFab Screen Recorder and Audacity has their pros and cons. You can choose the one that meets your requirement the most.

• For a better experience -TuneFab Screen Recorder

• To record computer audio to MP3 with high quality - TuneFab Screen Recorder

• To edit audios after recording audios - Audacity

• To add effects to your audios - Audacity

I think you have already decided on which audio recorder to use for your computer audios. They are available on different devices such as Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet. Both of them works perfectly and loved by audio lovers all over the world. Why not leave a message below to tell us which audio recorder is your favorite and how do you feel about them?

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