Microsoft has included the Stereo Mix recording device within several versions of its Windows operating system. Stereo mix is a sound driver that acts as a microphone, but instead of recording external sounds like a traditional microphone would, it records audio being played within the computer. Therefore, Google Chrome users can make use of the Stereo Mix feature to record audio from a Web page. Stereo Mix can used as a microphone for any audio recording software, including Microsoft's own Sound Recorder.
Right-click the speaker icon in the lower right corner of your taskbar and select "Recording devices."
Right-click in the blank area in the "settings" box and check "Show Disabled Devices."
Right-click the "Stereo Mix" option and select "Enable."
Right-click any other microphones listed and select "Disable."
Click "Apply" and "OK."
Click the Windows "Start" orb in the lower left corner of you screen and type "Sound recorder" (without quotes) and press "Enter" on your keyboard.
Open Google Chrome and navigate to the Web page from which you want to record the audio.
Click the "Record audio" button.
Wait until the audio has finished playing and click the "Stop Recording" button and select a location on your computer to save the audio file.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not have a speaker icon in your taskbar, you can reach the "Recording Devices" control panel by clicking the Start Menu, selecting "Control Panel," clicking "Sounds" and selecting the "Recording Devices" tab.
- Note that Microsoft's Sound Recorder is extremely limited in its functionality. You can use the same basic process to record from other free programs such Audacity or Fission, or a professional recording tool such as Pro Tools or Adobe Audition.