Recording Youtube

I am running the latest Audacity on a new Lenovo Thinkpad E540. Windows8.1 update 64bit. The soundcard is Conexant 20751 smart audio HD. There appears to be no hidden or disconnected devices. I want to be able to record Youtube or, indeed, other sounds. There appears to be no way to “monitor” the pre loudspeaker output. Help please. I’d be happy to buy an external soundcard if that is necessary but would need to know which brand will be compatible.

Well, yes you can do that poorly with an external soundcard, but you can also do it with Total Recorder.


Thank you for your prompt reply. I have downloaded the trial version of Total Recorder and it enabled me to record Youtube. I have also imported the recording into Audacity. Is there a way to stream directly into Audacity without first recording it? Can total Recorder appear as an Input Device in the Audio Device Toolbar?

Not that I know of.

If you require live capture, then you may be a candidate for a stereo USB sound device like a Behringer UCA202.

Just loop the input to the output with a short RCA/RCA cable. Listening to that while you record could be a challenge. You may not be able to generate all the sound pathways at the same time. Listen with the UCA202 headphone connection.

Audacity can’t apply filters or effects in real time, so you would just be recording in Audacity rather than Total Recorder.


Total Recorder’s virtual driver device should appear in Audacity’s Device Toolbar but it always used to error or crash when recording from it. It is years since I tried it.

That said, Audacity can record computer playback using the Windows WASAPI host choice in Device Toolbar. I’ll admit I don’t understand what the problem is. Why can’t you hear what you are recording with that method? The normal complaint is that people want to record computer playback without hearing it, though that is possible with WASAPI.

By the way we like to have all three digits of the Audacity version number from Help > About Audacity… else we don’t know whether you really have the latest version or not.