How to: Record Google Hangout in High Quality

I’m working on a super-secret project right now (more to come this summer…bear with me) which will require me to record interviews via Google Hangout. Now, I know I’ve written before about how to screencast on a Chromebook using Google+, but the quality of those recordings, in particular the audio, can leave something to be desired. So, I went looking for an alternative.

I fell down the rabbit trail of apps that do this and that, but none of them really did what I needed. I knew I wanted to use Audacity to record and edit, but I couldn’t find an easy way to record both my microphone as well as the system audio for the people I’m speaking with.

Luckily, I’m currently going through ds106 with some radio geniuses who where able to help. I can’t go any further without giving ScottLo a MAJOR shout out for helping me work this out. Rather than type the entire process out, I’ve got a video showing how I set everything up to record the Google Hangout. Beneath that, you can see the tools (with links) and their settings written out.

The Video

Proof of concept mp3

The Setup – Links below take you to downloads if you don’t have the software yet.

System Audio


  • Input 1 – Soundflower (2ch)
  • Input 2 – Your microphone
  • Main output – Soundflower (64ch)
  • Aux output – Built in output/headphones (for monitoring)


  • Input – Soundflower (64ch)

Google Hangout – This works the same for Skype.

  • Input – microphone/built in mic
  • Output – Soundflower (2ch)

Again, if you need help setting this up, send me a tweet (@bennettscience) and I’m happy to help.

One thought on “How to: Record Google Hangout in High Quality

  1. […] 2013, I wrote up how to record Google Hangouts in high quality for podcasting or whatever. This post is how to essentially do the same, but for piping audio into […]

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