Discord is a voice communication application where you can experience countless memorable and hilarious moments with your friends.
It might be a good idea to record your Discord audio sometimes to preserve those unforgettable moments.
If you have been wondering how to record audio on Discord, this extensive guide will help you do that.
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Recording Audio With OBS
There are dozens of applications for recording audio, video, or both, but OBS is considered among the best and is also free.
Before you can start recording, you need to download and install OBS. It’s a straightforward process if you follow the steps on your screen.
Once OBS is installed on your computer, launch it. If this is your first time using OBS, you will see a prompt for a quick setup wizard. We recommend that you use it, but make sure to set the priority to recording over streaming.
If everything goes smoothly, open Discord and join a voice channel. If you want to start recording, return to OBS, click the + icon under Sources, then select Audio Output Capture. On the new window, select Create New and type in Discord. Press Next and then select your audio device (your headphones or speakers).
Now simply press the Start Recording button, and everything on your Discord will be recorded.
If you want your voice to be part of the recording, you need to go through the same process but choose Audio Input Capture (instead of output) and select your microphone.
Keep in mind that you will record every sound on your computer if you add your audio device as a source, not only the audio created by your Discord voice channel.
However, if you want to isolate Discord’s audio, we recommend reading this guide. The guide will teach you how to create a virtual audio device dedicated solely to Discord’s audio. When you want to record it, you only need to add that source on OBS.
Using Instant Replay
While the method described above is quite effective, it isn’t the best solution as you need to remember to start recording every time you join Discord. It’s also important to note that having OBS recording constantly can impact your system’s performance.
Fortunately, there is a way to record video and audio after a moment has already passed. This might sound too good to be true, but the software does exist, and we will tell you how you can use it.
There are several ways you can use this feature, known as Instant Replay.
Both AMD’s and Nvidia’s driver software includes this type of feature; you only need to enable it. Even OBS has this feature included.
To enable Instant Replay on an Nvidia GPU, you need to ensure you have GeForce Experience installed. This is a useful piece of software that includes several other features and can automatically keep your driver updated.
Download GeForce Experience and install it, then open the app. You will need to create an account and log in to use it. With that done, press Alt + Z on your keyboard, which will open Nvidia’s overlay. You should be able to see Instant Replay. Click on it to enable it.
If you open Instant Replay’s settings, you can adjust exactly how long the replay should last. The longest option is 20 minutes. Remember that 20-minute videos will result in a large file size, ranging up to 10 GB.
Next time something funny happens in your Discord channel, hit Alt + F10 (default shortcut) or Alt + Z, then click on Instant Replay – Save.
If you have an AMD GPU, the process is slightly different but still simple.
First, make sure you have installed the latest AMD driver for your graphics card. You can do that by downloading their auto-detect software or by searching for your specific model.
Once the latest driver is installed, press Alt + R, and AMD’s overlay should open.
Find the Radeon ReLive tab, open it, and look for Instant Replay. If it isn’t enabled, you will be automatically redirected to its settings. From there, you can adjust exactly how many minutes you want to have replayed, the quality of the video, and other useful options.
To save a replay, simply hit Ctrl + Shift + S.
To enable Replay Buffer on OBS, open Settings – Output and check Enable Replay Buffer. Adjust it to how many seconds and the maximum file size you want. Press OK and then Start Replay Buffer.
Remember that you need to have your audio device added to sources.
Recording With A Discord Bot
Another great method to record audio from your voice channel is to use one of the Discord bots created for exactly that purpose.
In this case, we will use Craig ChatBot. Invite Craig onto your server, join a voice channel and call the bot with the command: :craig:, join.
Once the bot joins your voice channel, it will immediately start recording. It will also send you a message with a convenient link to download the audio and another link to delete it permanently.
These are some of the best methods for recording Discord audio. Whichever one you choose, it will perform the task admirably.