December 6, 2023

​​How to record Discord audio: 5 ways for every device

There are several ways to record Discord audio for content creation and archiving purposes. This step-by-step guide will help you choose the one for you.
December 6, 2023

​​How to record Discord audio: 5 ways for every device

There are several ways to record Discord audio for content creation and archiving purposes. This step-by-step guide will help you choose the one for you.
December 6, 2023
Vivian Tejeda
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If you’re interested in recording Discord audio, there are plenty of ways to do it. You can use a number of third-party audio recording apps to capture your voice, but Discord also has a bot that you can use by inviting it to your server.

You can use the to bot to record yourself easily, no download required. Or you can use a third-party audio recording app if you want some extra features, including editing and exporting tracks.

Can you record Discord calls?

Recording calls on Discord is possible, but be aware of possible legal and ethical considerations. Legally, the rules vary depending on the country and state you live in and the permissions granted to you by users on calls.

For legal compliance and basic ethics, you need to let everyone involved in the call know you're recording. You should always ask everyone included in the Discord call if you can record it, even though there's no rule that explicitly forbids it. 

There are several legitimate reasons to record Discord audio. You might be a content creator capturing gameplay and conversations for your audience. Or maybe you’re recording meetings or discussions for reference or documentation purposes. Recording Discord audio can be a valuable tool, but you should use it responsibly. 

How to record Discord audio natively

If you have the permissions to add bots to your server, it's easy to record Discord audio on a PC using Discord's Craig Bot. This recording bot is designed specifically for recording high-resolution audio on Discord servers, and it works for both desktop computers (Windows & Mac) and mobile (Android & iOS devices). Let's take a look at how you do it.

Craig Bot enables users to voice record on the Discord platform
Source: Craig
  1. Invite Craig Bot to your server: The first step is to bring Craig Bot into your Discord server. You can do this by visiting Craig Bot’s official website. There, you’ll find an option to invite the bot to your server. Ensure you’re logged into your Discord account and have the necessary permissions to add bots to the server.
  2. Set up Craig Bot in your Discord channel: Once Craig Bot is part of your server, you need to set it up in the specific channel you wish to record. This setup usually involves some simple commands. For example, typing “:craig:, join” in the chat field will prompt Craig to join the voice channel you’re currently in. 
  3. Start recording: Type “:craig:, record.” This command triggers Craig Bot to begin recording all audio in the channel. Craig Bot records each speaker’s audio separately and can record up to six hours of audio, which is pretty great for a free audio recording tool. 

Once you have your file downloaded, you can easily upload it to Descript to manipulate each speaker’s audio separately with multitrack sound editing tools. 

  1. Access and share your recording: Once your recording session is over, stopping the recording is as simple as typing “:craig:, leave.” Craig Bot will then leave the channel and provide you with a link to download the audio files. 

These files can be accessed through the link and are available in multiple formats, making it easy to share or edit them as needed.

Discord audio recording with Craig Bot
Source: Craig

How to record Discord audio with Descript

Descript is a user-friendly audio recording and editing tool that offers a quick way to record Discord calls. Beyond just recording audio, Descript offers features like automated transcription and multitrack editing, which makes it ideal for podcasters, gamers, and professionals alike. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open Descript. At the top of the editor, click and open the Record panel.
  2. Select the Audio only option, then choose Computer audio and your recording device. Alternatively, you can also choose Screen to record video as well. 
  3. Click the settings icon and make adjustments to your recording settings. You can set a transcription language, countdown timer, the option to highlight mouse clicks, and more. 
  4. Click the computer audio icon or microphone icon to choose your input. If both are enabled, the inputs will be recorded separately.
  5. Click the Input settings icon and choose if you want to enable Studio Sound or transcription
  6. If you want, you can add speaker labels by typing them into the box inputs. 
Setting up the audio recording function with Descript.

Now you’re ready to record! Choose the Record into script as your recording option. Then, click Record at the bottom of the Record panel to start recording.

Head to the voice channel in your Discord community, and record away. Descript will record everything into your dashboard with a transcription, so you can edit and review afterwards.

Overall, Descript has become the industry standard for video and audio editing, thanks to its text-based editor, unparalleled transcription and effects, and collaborative workflows. 

You can edit video content, add sound improvement tools like Studio Sound and AI Voices, integrate SquadCast, and even publish your recordings directly to YouTube.

How to record Discord audio with OBS

Open Broadcaster Software’s homepage

You can also record Discord audio using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), which is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. 

OBS is a popular open-source recording and live streaming tool that offers high-quality recording features. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to record Discord audio using OBS:

  1. Install and set up OBS: The first step is to download and install OBS on your device. After installation, open OBS and go through the initial setup process. This includes selecting your recording and output device (like your headset or microphone) and choosing the file format for your recordings, such as WAV, FLAC, or AAC.
  1. Create a new scene: In OBS, your recording layout is organized into scenes. Start by creating a new scene for your Discord recording. Click the + button under the Scenes box. You can name this scene something like “Discord Audio.”
  1. Add audio sources: Now, add your audio sources to the scene. You need two main sources: Audio Output Capture to record the audio from your Discord voice channel and Audio Input Capture to include your microphone. 

Click the “+” under the Sources box and select these options from the drop-down menu. This setup ensures you capture both the Discord audio and your voice.

  1. Start recording: With your scene and sources set up, you’re ready to start recording. Click the Start Recording button in OBS. Make sure you’re connected to your \voice channel and have invited Craig to your Discord server if you’re using Craig Bot for multitrack recording. OBS will now capture the Discord audio along with your voice input.
  1. Stop recording: To stop recording, simply click the Stop Recording button in OBS. Your recording will be saved in the designated file format to your chosen location. This file can be used for gameplay reviews or other purposes where you need separate audio files from your Discord conversations.

The great thing about OBS is that it has more functionality than just recording Discord calls. You can record desktop audio, voice calls on iOS and Android devices, and even add a webcam.

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How to record Discord audio with Audacity

Audacity’s website featuring its audio editing and recording app
Source: Audacity

Recording Discord audio with Audacity, a popular open-source audio recording software, is straightforward. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Get Audacity and set up audio preferences: First, download and install Audacity on your device. It’s available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. After you’ve installed it, open Audacity and set up your audio preferences. Go to Edit > Preferences, and under Recording ensure the correct audio input (like your microphone) and output (such as your headset or speakers) devices are selected.
  1. Set Discord audio output: Configure Discord to ensure its audio output matches Audacity’s input. Open Discord, go to User Settings (gear icon), and under Voice & Video set the Output Device to match the one you’ve chosen in Audacity. This step is crucial for capturing Discord voice chat in your recording.
  1. Begin recording in Audacity: Now, return to Audacity. Click the Recording button to start capturing audio. Audacity will record all sounds played through the selected output device, so ensure only Discord audio is active for clarity.
  1. Start a Discord call: With Audacity recording, start your Discord call or enter a voice channel. Audacity will record both your voice and others’ in the call.
  1. Stop recording and save: Once your Discord conversation is complete, click the Stop Recording button in Audacity. Save your recording in your preferred file format, such as WAV, FLAC, or AAC.

Thousands of video creators already rely on Descript for screen capture and video editing. If you’re ready to join them, take a tour of Descript today.

How to record Discord audio FAQ

Can you record a Discord video call?

Yes—you can record a video call on Discord using tools like Descript for high-quality audio and screen recordings and even automated transcription tools. 

Is it safe to record Discord calls?

Yes, it’s safe to record Discord calls when using trusted software like OBS Studio, Craig Bot, or Descript, and adhering to legal requirements such as obtaining consent from all involved parties. Always ensure you’re using secure and reputable recording tools to safeguard your audio files.

How do I do a voice recording on Discord on my PC?

For voice recording on Discord using a PC, select a tool like OBS Studio for a comprehensive set of audio-capture features, Craig Bot for simplicity and integration, or Descript for advanced functionalities including transcription. 

Vivian Tejeda
Vivian is a content marketer who loves writing, creativity, and is obsessed with the art of storytelling. Her free time is taken up by learning golf, reading books, and touching grass.
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​​How to record Discord audio: 5 ways for every device

how to record discord audio

If you’re interested in recording Discord audio, there are plenty of ways to do it. You can use a number of third-party audio recording apps to capture your voice, but Discord also has a bot that you can use by inviting it to your server.

You can use the to bot to record yourself easily, no download required. Or you can use a third-party audio recording app if you want some extra features, including editing and exporting tracks.

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Tools that work for creators.

Can you record Discord calls?

Recording calls on Discord is possible, but be aware of possible legal and ethical considerations. Legally, the rules vary depending on the country and state you live in and the permissions granted to you by users on calls.

For legal compliance and basic ethics, you need to let everyone involved in the call know you're recording. You should always ask everyone included in the Discord call if you can record it, even though there's no rule that explicitly forbids it. 

There are several legitimate reasons to record Discord audio. You might be a content creator capturing gameplay and conversations for your audience. Or maybe you’re recording meetings or discussions for reference or documentation purposes. Recording Discord audio can be a valuable tool, but you should use it responsibly. 

How to record Discord audio natively

If you have the permissions to add bots to your server, it's easy to record Discord audio on a PC using Discord's Craig Bot. This recording bot is designed specifically for recording high-resolution audio on Discord servers, and it works for both desktop computers (Windows & Mac) and mobile (Android & iOS devices). Let's take a look at how you do it.

Craig Bot enables users to voice record on the Discord platform
Source: Craig
  1. Invite Craig Bot to your server: The first step is to bring Craig Bot into your Discord server. You can do this by visiting Craig Bot’s official website. There, you’ll find an option to invite the bot to your server. Ensure you’re logged into your Discord account and have the necessary permissions to add bots to the server.
  2. Set up Craig Bot in your Discord channel: Once Craig Bot is part of your server, you need to set it up in the specific channel you wish to record. This setup usually involves some simple commands. For example, typing “:craig:, join” in the chat field will prompt Craig to join the voice channel you’re currently in. 
  3. Start recording: Type “:craig:, record.” This command triggers Craig Bot to begin recording all audio in the channel. Craig Bot records each speaker’s audio separately and can record up to six hours of audio, which is pretty great for a free audio recording tool. 

Once you have your file downloaded, you can easily upload it to Descript to manipulate each speaker’s audio separately with multitrack sound editing tools. 

  1. Access and share your recording: Once your recording session is over, stopping the recording is as simple as typing “:craig:, leave.” Craig Bot will then leave the channel and provide you with a link to download the audio files. 

These files can be accessed through the link and are available in multiple formats, making it easy to share or edit them as needed.

Discord audio recording with Craig Bot
Source: Craig

How to record Discord audio with Descript

Descript is a user-friendly audio recording and editing tool that offers a quick way to record Discord calls. Beyond just recording audio, Descript offers features like automated transcription and multitrack editing, which makes it ideal for podcasters, gamers, and professionals alike. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open Descript. At the top of the editor, click and open the Record panel.
  2. Select the Audio only option, then choose Computer audio and your recording device. Alternatively, you can also choose Screen to record video as well. 
  3. Click the settings icon and make adjustments to your recording settings. You can set a transcription language, countdown timer, the option to highlight mouse clicks, and more. 
  4. Click the computer audio icon or microphone icon to choose your input. If both are enabled, the inputs will be recorded separately.
  5. Click the Input settings icon and choose if you want to enable Studio Sound or transcription
  6. If you want, you can add speaker labels by typing them into the box inputs. 
Setting up the audio recording function with Descript.

Now you’re ready to record! Choose the Record into script as your recording option. Then, click Record at the bottom of the Record panel to start recording.

Head to the voice channel in your Discord community, and record away. Descript will record everything into your dashboard with a transcription, so you can edit and review afterwards.

Overall, Descript has become the industry standard for video and audio editing, thanks to its text-based editor, unparalleled transcription and effects, and collaborative workflows. 

You can edit video content, add sound improvement tools like Studio Sound and AI Voices, integrate SquadCast, and even publish your recordings directly to YouTube.

How to record Discord audio with OBS

Open Broadcaster Software’s homepage

You can also record Discord audio using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), which is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. 

OBS is a popular open-source recording and live streaming tool that offers high-quality recording features. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to record Discord audio using OBS:

  1. Install and set up OBS: The first step is to download and install OBS on your device. After installation, open OBS and go through the initial setup process. This includes selecting your recording and output device (like your headset or microphone) and choosing the file format for your recordings, such as WAV, FLAC, or AAC.
  1. Create a new scene: In OBS, your recording layout is organized into scenes. Start by creating a new scene for your Discord recording. Click the + button under the Scenes box. You can name this scene something like “Discord Audio.”
  1. Add audio sources: Now, add your audio sources to the scene. You need two main sources: Audio Output Capture to record the audio from your Discord voice channel and Audio Input Capture to include your microphone. 

Click the “+” under the Sources box and select these options from the drop-down menu. This setup ensures you capture both the Discord audio and your voice.

  1. Start recording: With your scene and sources set up, you’re ready to start recording. Click the Start Recording button in OBS. Make sure you’re connected to your \voice channel and have invited Craig to your Discord server if you’re using Craig Bot for multitrack recording. OBS will now capture the Discord audio along with your voice input.
  1. Stop recording: To stop recording, simply click the Stop Recording button in OBS. Your recording will be saved in the designated file format to your chosen location. This file can be used for gameplay reviews or other purposes where you need separate audio files from your Discord conversations.

The great thing about OBS is that it has more functionality than just recording Discord calls. You can record desktop audio, voice calls on iOS and Android devices, and even add a webcam.

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How to record Discord audio with Audacity

Audacity’s website featuring its audio editing and recording app
Source: Audacity

Recording Discord audio with Audacity, a popular open-source audio recording software, is straightforward. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Get Audacity and set up audio preferences: First, download and install Audacity on your device. It’s available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. After you’ve installed it, open Audacity and set up your audio preferences. Go to Edit > Preferences, and under Recording ensure the correct audio input (like your microphone) and output (such as your headset or speakers) devices are selected.
  1. Set Discord audio output: Configure Discord to ensure its audio output matches Audacity’s input. Open Discord, go to User Settings (gear icon), and under Voice & Video set the Output Device to match the one you’ve chosen in Audacity. This step is crucial for capturing Discord voice chat in your recording.
  1. Begin recording in Audacity: Now, return to Audacity. Click the Recording button to start capturing audio. Audacity will record all sounds played through the selected output device, so ensure only Discord audio is active for clarity.
  1. Start a Discord call: With Audacity recording, start your Discord call or enter a voice channel. Audacity will record both your voice and others’ in the call.
  1. Stop recording and save: Once your Discord conversation is complete, click the Stop Recording button in Audacity. Save your recording in your preferred file format, such as WAV, FLAC, or AAC.

Thousands of video creators already rely on Descript for screen capture and video editing. If you’re ready to join them, take a tour of Descript today.

How to record Discord audio FAQ

Can you record a Discord video call?

Yes—you can record a video call on Discord using tools like Descript for high-quality audio and screen recordings and even automated transcription tools. 

Is it safe to record Discord calls?

Yes, it’s safe to record Discord calls when using trusted software like OBS Studio, Craig Bot, or Descript, and adhering to legal requirements such as obtaining consent from all involved parties. Always ensure you’re using secure and reputable recording tools to safeguard your audio files.

How do I do a voice recording on Discord on my PC?

For voice recording on Discord using a PC, select a tool like OBS Studio for a comprehensive set of audio-capture features, Craig Bot for simplicity and integration, or Descript for advanced functionalities including transcription. 

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