I can’t believe I didn’t find out about this trick until today. It would have prevented the need for all these hacks and placing the microphone next to the speakers to record sounds.
If you’ve ever tried to record streaming audio in Windows, like a Skype call or a webcast, you may be aware of a simple setting that allows you to record any sound playing through your computer’s sound card. All you have to do is:
- Select your sound properties through the control panel or the sound icon in your system tray.
- Click on the properties tab.
- Check the recording box.
- Make sure Wave Out Mix is selected (It’s sometimes called stereo mix, or mono mix).
- Now you should be able to set Wave Out as your default for recordings made by Audacity or other audio recording programs.
This is a fantastic and dead easy way to make short sound clips from Youtube or DVD videos, or maybe you want to broadcast music to a friend over MSN Messenger or Skype. Or Google for some soundboards and randomly insert clips of Tom Cruise or Darth Vader breathing in the middle of one of your phone calls.
The possibilities are endless.
I can’t imagine what would happen if both of you were using this trick though… I take no responsibility if your speakers end up on the other end of the room.