Recording an audio stream

Audials One detects and records music that you play with a web player in your web browser or with a music service's or music store's dedicated software or app.

Setting up your playback software

Prepare the program you want to record from to avoid recording problems.

  • Set playback volume in the playback software to 100%.
  • If the program offers options for gapless playback or crossfading, make sure to deactivate both options. You can usually find the options in Edit > Preferences... > Playback.
  • To avoid recording sound from other programs, exit these programs (for example messenger programs, other media players, ...).

Recording an audio stream

Audials One's Save music offers quickstart buttons and in-place instructions to guide you through the necessary steps to record an audio stream.

Step-by-Step: Recording an audio stream

  1. In the navigation, click Save music.
  2. Optional: Set the output format to Universal (MP3/MP4).
  3. Click Audio / Music recording and check whether the source you want to record from is available as quickstart option.
    • If a quickstart option is available, start the recording by clicking Web Player or Software , depending on whether you want to record from a source's PC client or app, or from the source's web player in your browser.
    • If none of the quickstart options fits, click Select recording tool and choose a recording tool.
  4. As soon as Audials One is ready for recording, start playing the content you would like to record.
    Figure 1. Quickstart options and recording tool selection

    Figure 2. The recording window for a streaming service

Results

All detected files are listed in the Save music view and, depending on the recording tool and your settings, automatically saved on your computer and listed in the Player after a while.

Choosing the right recording tool

When no quickstart option is available for the source you want to record from, you have to choose a recording tool that seems best suitable for your task. In case of doubt, try the tools from top to bottom.
Figure 3. Pros and Cons of each recording tool
Tool Pros Cons
Direct recording into tracks
  • reliable tagging
  • can detect several streams at once
  • easy to use, fast recording
  • allows to browse on and play something else while recording
  • can fail to detect the audio signal
Sound recording into tracks
  • records any stream, and everything
  • Cuts stream into songs
  • less reliable tagging
  • real-time recording while your are listening (1x speed)
  • playing other sounds at the same time will disturb the recording
  • may require special setup of playback software
Continuous sound recording
  • Stream is saved as continuous recording
Figure 4. Availability of convenience features
Site / Tool Accelerated recording Monitor volume Audiobook mode Ad filter
Amazon, Deezer - yes yes yes
Napster 2x yes yes yes
Spotify 2x yes yes yes
YouTube - - - yes
Direct recording into tracks - - - yes
Sound recording into tracks - yes - yes
Continuous sound recording - yes - yes

Optimal behaviour during recording

A few best practices help to avoid many common recording problems, including cancelling recordings.
Tip: Not all of the below points are necessarily obligatory for your browser and video source.

Optimal behavior during the recording

  • Keep both volume in playback software and system volume at 100%, or at a level that ensures a good recording level, respectively.
  • Adjust the volume for listening while recording, or mute the volume if you don't want to listen to the running recording, with the monitor volume controls in Audials One's recording window.
  • Don't use your computer for other tasks during the recording.
  • Don't pause the video.
  • Don't minimize the browser window playing the content.
  • Don't open new browser tabs or windows.