How to Record Audio With VLC By The Best Ways in 2020

Lisa Ou

Sept 21, 2020 16:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

VideoLAN initially released VLC media player on February 1st, 2001. It is a versatile media player to help people play almost all video and audio formats on desktop operating systems and mobile phone platforms. Moreover, it is completely free to use, every one can try its powerful features without hassle.

More importantly, VLC comes with ultimate recording feature, which enables you to record screen video or audio individually that played on VLC media player. It also helps you record microphone sound instead of system sound from computer if you want.

How to Record Audio With VLC By The Best Ways in 2020

In this post, we will show you clear instructions to record audio with VLC and its best alternative.

1. How to Record Audio With VLC

Before we dive in, you can easily walk through below features of VLC media player.

  1. Record screen video and audio.
  2. Free to use.
  3. Supports various video and audio formats.
  4. Record desktop or streaming show.
  5. Stream from VLC directly.
  6. Add subtitle files.
  7. Provides editing tools.
  8. Take screenshots with VLC.

How to Record Audio via VLC on Computer

VLC records audio without quality loss, below is how.

Download and install VLC screen recorder from official site. Enable Advanced Controls from the pull-down options of View on the top menu of the VLC.

vlc view advanced controls

Click Media > Open Capture Device.

choose capture device

Select Capture Device > DirectShow on the pop-up window. Then in the Device Selection tab, choose Microphone or Stereo Mix from the options of Audio device name accordingly. Click Play button.

Note: If you are unable to find Stereo Mix from the drop-download options, you need to right-click the audio icon on the screen task bar and choose Recording devices, then right-click on the blank place of the pop-up window and ensure that 2 options are enabled.

choose audio device name

Use VLC audio player to play what you want to record. Click the red button to start recording. And click the gray icon to stop recording when it is done.

start recording

By default, you can find the recorded VLC audio files on computer Music folder.

As you can see, you are allowed to neither capture screen and audio concurrently nor capture computer system sound. What to do if you prefer to record audio that is not played with VLC? That’s what we are going to discuss.

2. Record Streaming Audio With VLC Alternatives

You can search for different audio recorders from the internet, it is not easy to make a choice from countless options as each of them has their own special features to satisfy users. In order to save your time, we made a list of VLC alternatives after testing for your references.

Option 1. FoneLab Audio Recorder

FoneLab Audio Recorder is a simple but useful tool to capture screen activities including video, audio and webcam individually or concurrently. It is no doubt that you can use it to record system audio or microphone accordingly.

You can check below features.

  1. It is available for both Windows and Mac.
  2. You can capture video, audio and webcam.
  3. Configure recording settings with ease.
  4. Record mouse cursor.
  5. Record screen excludes windows.
  6. Add annotations to videos.
  7. Take screenshots.
  8. Easy and safe to use.

Below is how to use it.

Visit the official site and download the program on computer. Then run it after that.

launch fonelab screen recorder

Select Audio Recorder from the main interface. Then you can see System Sound and Microphone tabs, you can enable them and adjust the volumes accordingly.

audio recorder

Then click REC button and play the audio you want to record on computer.

Step 4. Click Stop button when you want to stop recording. Save them on local folder when you are done.

save the recording video

VLC is also available for mobile platforms like mobile Android, iOS, iPadOS, Tizen, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone. It can help you download internet video or audio through Network > Downloads to your device. But you are unable to use VLC screen capture with audio on mobile phones.

Option 2. iOS Screen Recording

If you have custom to do what you want on iPhone, its iOS screen recording feature is what you can not miss.

It helps you record screen with audio without additional application, so you can just enable it and record iPhone screen as below.

Enable Screen Recording feature through Settings > Control Center > Screen Recording.

Then swipe down Control Center and long-press the screen recording icon to turn on Microphone if you need. Then tap Start Recording.

iOS Screen Recorder

Play audio on your iPhone. When it is done, tap the red icon on the upper-left corner. The recorded files will be saved to Photos app.

Please note that this iOS screen recording feature won’t record audio only for you. If you want to record audio without screen, you should choose FoneLab Audio Recorder instead.

While for Android phone users, you can find some of them also has their own Android screen recording feature like iOS devices. After enabling it, you can capture audio on Android or iPhone with or without rooting.

Sometimes, you might be unable to get this feature on your phone as they are not designed for it. In this case, you can try some third-party apps from Google Play or App Store no matter you are using iOS or Android phones. There are many tools on the market to capture screen audio with simple operations.

That’s all about how to record audio with VLC and its alternatives. You can try different tools and then get the one that suits you best. FoneLab Audio Recorder should be a wise choice, you can download and have a try now!

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