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How can I record system sounds (apps) in Audacity?

How can I record sound that's playing? (obviously I don't want to hold a microphone to the speaker for quality's sake).

I tried Audacity, but it didn't help me. Solution with other software would be OK

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marked as duplicate by techie007, Xavierjazz, Oliver Salzburg Sep 22 '12 at 14:13

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You need to enable "Stereo Mix" to be able to capture your system sound. Then you can use that as an ordinary recording device (like a microphone) with any audio recording software. Audacity should work once you do that. See http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/39532/how-to-enable-stereo-mix-in-windows-7-to-record-audio/ to get started.

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For me, recording devices doesn't list 'stereo mix' :( –  Colonel Panic Sep 22 '12 at 16:13
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