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How to Record Your PC’s Audio With a Virtual Audio Device

Routing audio in Windows is surprisingly hard. It’s not supported natively at all, and while you can record audio output with tools like Audacity, there’s no way to send that output as an input to another application. There’s only one piece of software that does it well—VB Cable.

VB Cable creates a virtual link between your output and input—send audio to an output, and it shows up as an input. This is useful if you want to record your desktop audio for mixing and sampling, but also if you want to play things through your microphone. In games, for example, you could use this to annoy your teammates with in-game music, and while this is not something we endorse, the tech behind it is pretty cool.

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