Record Minus-one|Karaoke Music from Youtube using Windows 7 Netbook

Supposing you are assigned by your teacher to sing a particular piece of song. You search for minus one and then found out it is available in Youtube.

Since you will be practicing your minus-one on a daily basis, you plan to create a personal audio copy of the minus-one ideally in MP3 file format so that you can practice anywhere even without an Internet connection.

This tutorial will illustrate how you can use your netbook (ASUS EeePC netbook for example in Windows 7 Starter Service Pack 1) to record minus-one music from Youtube. The end result will be a mp3 file of the minus-one music.

Disclaimer: Bear in mind that in this illustration, you should not share copyrighted music to other persons or distribute the music anywhere, on the web or any file sharing mechanisms. Doing so will be illegal and against the copyright law. Remember that the aim of this tutorial is for personal and educational use only.

Below are the complete steps:

1.) Make sure you are connected to the Internet first. Download free copy of Audacity. This is an open source recording software that will run in Windows 7.

2.) Install Audacity to your Windows 7 Netbook.
3.) Go to the Youtube URL of the minus one.
4.) Stream it until it will be completed. Do not close this tab in the browser so that you won’t need to reload it again.
5.) Go to Start – Control Panel – Realtek HD Audio Manager.
6.) Under “ANALOG”, right click on it and click “Connector Retasking”. Make sure that “Headphone” is checked under “Which device did you plug in?” See screenshot below:

Connector retasking

Connector retasking

7.) Now go to Start – Control Panel – Sound. Go to “Recording” tab. In most cases, you should find at least “Microphone” there. If only you cannot find “Stereo Mix” right click anywhere below the microphone. Check “Show Disabled Devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices”. This is how it looks like after enabling this:

sound control panel

sound control panel

OK you have observed that only microphone is enabled and “stereo mix” has been disabled.

8.) Right click on “Microphone” in “Sound” and click “Disable”.
9.) Now right click on “Stereo Mix” and click “Enable”.
10.) Right click on “Stereo Mix” and click “Properties”. Make sure you have the following configurations:

a.) Go to “Listen” tab. Make sure “Listen to this device” is unchecked.
b.) Click “Levels”. Make sure there are enough volumes set for stereo mix and it is set to 50 to 60.

c.) Click “Enhancements” and make sure “Disable all sound effects” is checked.

d.) Click “Advanced” and make sure “2 channel, 16 bit, 48000Khz(DVD Quality)” is checked. And under “Exclusive Mode” the following are checked:

d.1) Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.
d.2) Give exclusive mode applications priority.

11.) Launch Audacity. Set the following devices in the Audacity configuration (“enclosed in red box”):

Audacity configuration

Audacity configuration