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Download music from YouTube with Audacity

Download music from YouTube with Audacity

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Posted by on the 04/08/2013.
Last update on the 07/08/2013.

Description

This tutorial explains how to download music from YouTube™ with Audacity. The first part of this tutorial explains how to install and configure Audacity. The second part explains how to download music from a YouTube™ video with the help of Audacity.

Introduction

This tutorial is intended to people that uses Windows XP©, Windows Vista© or Windows 7©.
It requires an internet connection.

NB: If you have a Conexant audio card, you cannot follow this tutorial because this type of card does not support stereo mix.

Installation and configuration of Audacity

Installation

First of all we need to uncompress lame.rar in C:\. (This file can be downloaded here).
Then, we can install Audacity by executing the file audacity-win-1.2.6.exe which is located in the install subfolder.
Now we need to install Java Runtime Environment by executing the file jre-1_5_0_06-windows-i586-p.exe which is located in the install subfolder.

Now, we will check the audio configuration:

  1. Click on the Start menuControl panel.
  2. Double click on the icon Sounds and Audio Devices.
  3. Click on the Audio tab.

The audio card must be set as Default device in the Sound playback section.

Audacity: lecture audio

Configuration of the mp3 export

First of all we will open Audacity. Now we will configure Audacity in order to be able export in mp3.
To do that:

  1. Click on the menu EditionPreferences…
  2. Click on File format tab (3rd tab).
  3. Click on Search a library in the MP3 export setup section.

Now, we need the file lame_enc.dll. This file is located in the subfolder libmp3lame-3.98.2 (C:\lame\libmp3lame-3.98.2).

When the search library is set, we need to set the mp3 bit rate to 128 KBit/s. To do that:

  1. Click on the menu EditionPreferences…
  2. Click on File format tab (3rd tab).
  3. Set the bit rate to 128 in the MP3 export setup section.

Exportation en mp3

Configuration of the sound capture

We will change the sample rate to 48000Hz and the sample format to 32-bit float. To do that:

  1. Click on the menu EditionPreferences…
  2. Click on Quality tab (2nd tab).
  3. Set the default sample rate to 48000Hz.
  4. Then set the default sample format to 32-bit float.

Audacity Qualite

Now we will set the sound to Stereo. To do that:

  1. Click on the menu EditionPreferences…
  2. Click on Audio I/O (1st tab).
  3. Set the device to Realtek HD Audio output in the Playback section.
  4. Set the device to Realtek HD Audio input in the Recording section.
  5. Set the channels to 2 (Stereo) in the Recording section.

Audacity canaux

Finaly we need to configure the sound capture to Stereo Mix (top right of the screen).

Audacity Stereo Mix

We can now close Audacity in order to save our changes.

Record music from YouTube™

Play the YouTube video

First of all we need to open Audacity. In order to save the music of the video that we want, we need to browse to YouTube™ with Internet Explorer©, Mozilla Firefox© or another browser.

Record the music

To record the sound with Audacity, we need to click on the record buttonAudacity save.
Then, we can play the YouTube™ video by clicking on play Audacity YouTube play.

We the music is over, we can stop the recording by clicking on the record button.

We will now remove the part that are not useful (for example: the ones without sound) by selecting them and clicking on cut Audacity cut.

Audacity cut

Mp3 export

Now that the recording is done, we can export the sound of the video to mp3 format. To do that:

  1. Click on the menu File —  Export to mp3…
  2. Write the name of the .mp3 file and click on save.

Audacity exporter en mp3

This tutorial is finished, now you know how to retrieve music from YouTube and export it in mp3.

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