How to Record YouTube Audio on PC

If you’re looking for ways to record YouTubeshe audio, you’ve come to the right place. This article introduces you to five simple and effective ways to capture YouTube audio online and offline.

Thursday January 13, 2022 4:13 PM PDT by Karen Greene

YouTube is said to be the archiver of the videos of the Internet. If it’s on the Internet, the chances are that it can be found on the video-sharing platform. Some pieces of old music, podcasts, and audiobooks, amongst other things, can be found only on YouTube. Even Spotify takes a backseat at times when it comes to the obscure collection.

Recording YouTube audio is a straightforward process; depends on whom you ask. You can use online tools, as well as some applications meant for Windows.

Let’s start with online tools that are easiest for recording YouTube audio.

#1. KeepVid

Keepvid is the perfect YouTube audio converter to help you extract MP3s from YouTube videos. If you find some great songs on Youtube, you can use this tool to download them in MP3 format and listen to them offline. This online programe has been around for a long time. Enter the YouTube URL, and it will show several options to choose from for downloading the audio or the video.

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How to Record Audio from YouTube

Features

  • Different audio formats

You will find several audio formats such as MP3, M4A, WEBM, amongst others, in 320kbps bitrate.

  • Bookmarklet

Bookmark the short javascript code, and it will act as a shortcut to download any audio from YouTube. When you press the Bookmarklet from your bookmarks on a YouTube page, it will take you to KeepVid for downloading the video/audio of that YouTube video.

  • Dedicated App

A dedicated app of KeepVid is also available, which is available for Android and Windows.

PROS

  • Audio can be downloaded from multiple websites
  • Allows only audios of 30 mins or shorter
  • Multiple audio formats

CONS

  • Only one bitrate of audio can be downloaded
  • Magnetic, trackless timeline

Steps to Download the Audio via KeepVid

Step 1. Head to the website and enter the video’s URL in the box.

Step 2. Press Go, and the results will appear below.

Step 3. Head to the Audio Only section and click on the download button of MP3.

#2. YT1s

As a YouTube Downloader, YT1s helps you choose from a variety of formats and qualities to download and save YouTube videos to your device. It’s all about keeping it swift and clear with YT1s. The download process is easier than KeepVid with its limited options.

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YT1s Downloader

Features

  • Straightforward interface

No frills and extra features. Capture audio from YouTube video without any hassle.

  • No Audio length limit

Download audio of length from a YouTube video. There are no caps on that.

  • Cloud Support

Capture YouTube audio and upload it directly to cloud services – Google Drive and Dropbox.

PROS

  • No limit on downloads or audio length
  • Sharing option to social media
  • Easy-to-use UI

CONS

  • Only MP3 format available
  • Intrusive ads

Steps to Download the Audio via YT1s

Step 1. Paste the YouTube link in the box and press the Convert button.

Step 2. Select MP3 format from the dropdown menu.

Step 3. Click on the Get Link button.

Step 4. Now click on the Download button.

#3. Ddownr

Ddownr provides users with an easy, fast and secure way to download YouTube videos and playlists online for free. It is a rather underrated tool to capture YouTube audio. Similar to YT1s, it offers a toned-down and simpler version.

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Ddownr

Features

  • Shareable download link (deep links)

Create a shareable link that can be used to download the audio of a YouTube video.

  • No Ads

No advertisements on the website’s page.

  • Direct Download button

Ddownr offers a one-click download of YouTube content.

PROS

  • Offer two audio formats – MP3 and M4A
  • Quick conversion to audio
  • Faster download process

CONS

  • No batch download
  • Intrusive ads

Steps to Download the Audio via Ddownr

Step 1. Paste the YouTube link in the URL box.

Step 2. Click on Download and select the audio format.

Step 3. Click on the download button.

#4. Free Download Manager

As a smart and fast Internet download manager, FDM helps you accelerates video, files, and torrents downloads.FDM does the job of a download manager as well as downloading YouTube video/audio. It is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, and Android.

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Free Download Manager

Features

  • Instant conversion to audio

Select the audio while downloading, and it will start downloading right away.

  • Local download

The audio is downloaded directly to your local storage of the computer.

  • Fastest Download Speeds

Being a download manager, it downloads YouTube audio at the fastest pace.

PROS

  • The audio download can be paused
  • Fastest conversion to audio
  • No ads anywhere

CONS

  • Extra steps for downloading
  • No MP3 format

Steps to Download the Audio via Free Download Manager

Step 1. Open FDM and click on the plus button.

Step 2. Paste the URL and press OK.

Step 3. Select the format as M4A or WEB in the audio section.

Step 4. Click on Download.

 

Add Effects to Audio/Video in FilmForth

The Internet is filled to the brim with several video editors making tall claims. We try a free audio and video editor who goes by the name of FilmForth. The idea behind it is simple, keep it simple while offering pretty much all the features a regular person may need.

Features

  • Free and Easy-to-use

FilmForth is totally free to use and it offers practical features with an uncomplicated interface that makes it a cakewalk to use it.

  • Essential audio tools

Tools ranging from audio speed to video voice detachment, you have everything under the umbrella.

  • No watermarks

Being a free video editor, one would expect watermarks over the edited video. That’s not the case with FilmForth, which keeps the watermark an optional accessory to the video.

How to Edit Video with FilmForth

After you have downloaded the audio from YouTube, it’s time to edit the video and perhaps add the audio if the need arises. Create a new project, give it a name. After that, add the video that you want to edit.

How to Add Effects to a Video

Step 1. Access the Effects panel from the bottom dashboard.

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Add Effects via FilmForth

Step 2. You will find over three dozen effects to apply to the video. Click on any effect to apply it. Compare it with the default color tones of the video by press-holding the compare button.

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Effects to Apply to the Video

Step 3. Click on the back button once the effect of your choice has been applied.

How to Manage Audio Track Speed

Step 1. Select the video from the feed.

Step 2. Now click on the detach audio feature. A separate audio track will appear in the feed.

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Manage Audio Track speed

Step 3. Select the red-colored audio feed and click on the speed option.

Step 4. Slide the knob across to set the audio track’s speed according to your need. You can set it between 0.25x to 4x.

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Manage Audio Speed

How to Add an Audio Track to a Video

We learned to detach audio from the video in the previous tutorial. Continue from there and delete the detached audio. After that, do the following:

Step 1. From the home screen of the project, go to the audio section.

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Add Audio with FilmForth

Step 2. Now click on the Add Audio option from the dashboard.

Step 3. After that, select the Add a Local Audio File option. Here you can select the audio which you captured earlier.

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Add a Local Audio File

Conclusion

A small number of online tools offer a good quality YouTube capture feature. The upside is that they provide multiple audio formats, which frankly makes up for it. If you are serious about recording YouTube audio in all its glory and your desired format, then Audacity can be the tool for you. Follow their rigorous tutorial on how to record YouTube audio.

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Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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