Discord Bot That Records Audio

Discord is a great platform for gamers and other communities to come together and chat, offering text and voice communication for free. Discord doesn’t offer an option to record these conversations, but it is possible using third-party solutions.

Using the Craig Chat Bot to Record Discord Audio

Before you begin, you should be aware that, in many locations around the world, it’s illegal to record other people without their permission.

Please ensure that you have the permission of all parties involved in a conversation before you use any of the methods listed here. You’ll also need to make sure that you’ve properly configured your microphone settings in Discord to allow you to chat with others.

Final Thoughts on Recording Podcasts

If you don’t, you won’t be able to speak on your Discord server (or be able to record yourself chatting with other users). RELATED:How to Configure Your Microphone and Headset in Discord. If you’re in charge of your own Discord server, you can use the Craig chat bot to easily record Discord audio.

This bot sits in your server, ready to be invited into voice chat rooms to record conversations using a few text commands. No concerns about immoral recordings, either—Craig won’t record without a visible label to indicate when it’s recording. Not only does it record your conversation with others, but it records each user as separate audio tracks, making it much easier to edit or cut specific speakers out, should you need to.

To use Craig, you’ll first need to invite the bot to your server. Head to the Craig website and click the “Invite Craig To Your Discord Server” link to begin.

Commands

This will bring you to the Discord server authorization page. You’ll need to give Craig permission to join your server before you can begin using it. To do this, select your server from the “Add Bot To” list and then click “Authorize” to allow the bot to join.

If the process is successful, you should see a join message for “Craig” in your server. No further configuration is necessary at this point—you can begin using Craig straight away to begin recording your audio channels.

Setting Up and Using the Craig Chatbot

To do this, enter an audio channel and type :craig:, join to begin.

Craig will enter the channel and immediately begin recording—the bot’s username should change to reflect this.

You’ll also hear an audio alert from the bot saying “now recording” to confirm. To stop a Craig recording, type :craig:, leave. This will force Craig to leave the channel you’re currently in and stop recording, although recordings in other channels will continue.

If you want to stop Craig from all channel recordings, type :craig:, stop to force Craig to end all recordings. You can use this as an alternative to the leave command to end a Craig recording if you’re only recording in a single channel.

When you begin recording, you’ll receive a private message from the Craig bot itself, giving you links to download or delete your conversations.

  • Craig will record for up to six hours at a time. If you want to check the status of a recording, you can download a copy of the audio, up to the point you download the file.
  • A full list of Craig commands is available at the Craig website, which you can quickly access by typing :craig:, help in a Discord channel.
  • This will bring up a quick link to the website, where you can find out more about how the bot works.
  • If you aren’t a Discord server owner or moderator, you can record Discord audio on your own PC using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).

OBS is often used by streamers on Twitch and YouTube to stream games and other content, and is freely available for use on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

  • RELATED:How to Stream a PC Game on Twitch with OBS. OBS does this by capturing various audio and visual channels, including your desktop audio and display, as well as your microphone.

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  1. You can use this same feature to record the audio from a Discord channel (alongside your microphone input), allowing you to save the conversation.
  2. To record Discord audio in OBS, press the plus icon (+) in the “Sources” area of the OBS window.
  3. From the menu, choose “Audio Output Capture” to select your desktop audio output for recording.
  4. In the “Create/Select Source” window, give your desktop audio source a name and then press “OK” to confirm.
  5. You’ll be required to select the output device (for instance, your speakers or headphones) from the “Properties” menu.
  6. Select the appropriate device from the “Device” drop-down menu and then click “OK” to confirm.
  7. If you only have a single output device, the “Default” option should be fine to use here.
  8. You can check if your audio is being captured correctly by playing some audio on your PC.

How to Record a Podcast on Discord

Under the “Audio Mixer” section in OBS, the audio sliders for “Audio Output Capture” should move to show the audio is being picked up, ready for recording.

You can use the blue slider underneath to lower the recording volume, should you need to do so.

By default, “Mic/Aux” should be listed under the “Audio Mixer” section. This will ensure that your own speech is recorded along with any other chat participants.

If the option isn’t available, click the plus icon (+) in the “Sources” area and then select “Audio Input Capture” to add your microphone input to the recording. If you’d rather stop your microphone from being recorded, select the speaker icon next to the “Mic/Aux” or “Audio Input Capture” slider.

To begin recording, click the “Start Recording” button under the “Controls” section in the bottom-right area of the OBS window.

  • By default, OBS will record the audio as a blank video file in the MKV file format (unless you’re recording your desktop as an additional capture stream).
  • Each recording will be saved with a file name that shows the time and date of the recording.
  • To view your recorded files, select File > Show Recordings from the OBS menu.
  • If you want to record in another file format, click Settings > Output and then select an alternative to MKV from the “Recording Format” drop-down menu.

While OBS will save as video files, you can convert videos to MP3 using VLC, removing the redundant video content and giving you an audio-only file that you can export and use elsewhere.

  • RELATED:How To Convert Video Files to MP3 with VLC.

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  7. Thank you so much. There are a few great reasons to use discord over some other alternatives, like Skype.

All you need is a chat bot and a couple of text commands

First off, audio quality.

Discord is able to record audio at a bitrate of 96kbs.

A higher bitrate will provide a better experience for your podcast listeners. Secondly, Discord offers multi-track recording to isolate each voice individually and apply volume and effects separately. Another benefit is Discord will upload your podcast audio directly to your Google Drive. How to Record a Podcast on DiscordDiscord Settings for High-Discord Settings for Highest Recording Audio Quality Recording. Discord Settings for High-Discord Settings for Highest Recording Audio Quality Recording.

Discord can also be used on almost any computer with a decent browser.

  • There is also a stand-alone Discord app if you want to skip the browser altogether.
  • But best of all, your podcast guests do not need to have a discord account.
  • They don’t need to install anything at all. I’ll explain this bit of magic later.
  • If you’re unfamiliar with Discord, don’t be afraid. It will take just a bit of learning and a couple of minutes to set up, but once you’re done, you will have an excellent podcast recording option for you and your guests.

Oh, did I mention Discord is a free way of recording podcasts!

  • If you’re on board, let’s get right into it.
  • How to use Discord to record a podcast?

Using OBS to Record Discord Audio

  1. I’m going to show you how to record a podcast in discord.
  2. We’re going to break it up into three steps. First, we’re going to set up Discord.
  3. Then we’re going to install Craig, the bot that records your conversation.
  4. Third, I’m going to show you the best settings so that you end up with the highest quality recording. This article will provide a very thorough step-by-step of how to do use Discord audio for recording podcasts.
  5. If you’re ready, familiar with discord, and you already have an account, then you don’t need to do step one.
  6. Just go straight to step two, where we install Craig.
  7. I mentioned before that you could use a web browser or the stand-alone Discord App. The following instructions are based on the web browser.
  8. Once you have everything set up, you can use the dedicated Discord app for Pc, Mac, iOS, and Android if you prefer.

How to Configure Discord's Microphone Settings

Let’s get into it. The first thing you’ll need to record Discord audio is to sign up for Discord.

Sign up for Discord here.

Click on the button ‘open Discord in your browser.’Enter the username by which you want to be identified.

Type in a nickname (or your name) to set up your account. Click on the button ‘open Discord in your browser.’. Enter the username by which you want to be identified.

Type in a nickname (or your name) to set up your account. (Discord will show you a welcome pop-up to set-up your first server.).

Create your server:Click ‘create my own.’Upload a photo.

  • You can use your podcast thumbnail or a brand logo.Name – Put your brand, business, or podcast name since this is what people will use to find your podcast.
  • Keep it general. You can get more specific with the individual channel names once inside your server.
  • Claim your account. Enter your email and password, then check your email and activate your account by clicking on the email link.
  • Click ‘create my own.’. Upload a photo. You can use your podcast thumbnail or a brand logo.

Name – Put your brand, business, or podcast name since this is what people will use to find your podcast.

  • Keep it general. You can get more specific with the individual channel names once inside your server.
  • Claim your account. Enter your email and password, then check your email and activate your account by clicking on the email link.

Invite Guests to your Podcast

  1. You have successfully set up your Discord account, and by default, it provides two channels set up for you.
  2. The two tracks should be all you need to record your podcast guests. In the next step, we will make it possible to record a podcast with Discord. The next thing you’ll need is a handy robot on your server to do all the dirty work of recording Discord audio for your podcast.
  3. For this, we will use a bot called Craig, and the steps below will show you how to install the bot on your discord server.
  4. We must use a bot because Discord does not have its own recording feature.
  5. Introducing, Craig! He’s the robot with a built-in recording feature, and when you invite Craig to your server, he will step in (with his recorder), press record, be a great little bot, and begin recording.
  6. When you ask him to leave, he automatically sends each file of Discord audio recorded to your Google Drive.

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You can download the tracks immediately or share the entire audio recording of Discord Audio with your podcast editor.

Here’s how to set up Craig and record audio:.

Invite Craig to your server. Go to Craig.chat and click ‘Invite Craig to your Discord Server’. Authorize access to Craig. This bot needs permission to connect to your voice channels (so it can record Discord audio).

Also, Craig needs to read your text channels. This is because Craig will not begin to record Discord audio until you send a text command requesting he join your voice chat.

After you click Authorize, Craig will be a member of your Discord server.

  • Connect Craig to your Google Drive.
  • Click here to allow Craig to save your recordings to your Google Drive.
  • This is where you’ll find your audio file later.Click ‘Log in to Discord.
  • ‘ Authorize Craig once more.Click ‘Log into Google Drive.
  • ‘ Choose the google account you prefer to use for uploads, then click ‘allow.’.

Click ‘Log in to Discord.

  • ‘ Authorize Craig once more. Click ‘Log into Google Drive.
  • ‘ Choose the google account you prefer to use for uploads, then click ‘allow.’.

>>All Commands<<

  1. Record Discord audio with Craig.In Discord, go into your server.Under ‘Voice Channels‘ (left-hand side), find the channel ‘General‘ and click on it to join the channel.
  2. Follow the prompts (if any) to set up your microphone in Discord.(Notice that you are also in a text channel called ‘General’) At the bottom, find the message box and type :craig:, join and hit enter.
  3. Craig will join your channel and will record all voices on that channel.
  4. When you are done recording, type :craig:, leave, and he will stop recording.
  5. There are even more Craig Discord bot commands for advanced podcasters. In Discord, go into your server. Under ‘Voice Channels‘ (left-hand side), find the channel ‘General‘ and click on it to join the channel.
  6. Follow the prompts (if any) to set up your microphone in Discord.(Notice that you are also in a text channel called ‘General’) .
  7. At the bottom, find the message box and type :craig:, join and hit enter. Craig will join your channel and will record all voices on that channel.
  8. When you are done recording, type :craig:, leave, and he will stop recording. There are even more Craig Discord bot commands for advanced podcasters.

Discord Settings for High-Discord Settings for HighestRecording Audio QualityRecording

Download your files from Google Drive by logging into Google Drive with the account you linked and find the folder titled ‘Craig.’ It will contain a zip file of the recorded tracks.

Let’s talk about optimizing your configuration for the highest quality audio recording.

There are some settings you’ll need to adjust to get optimal results before you record Discord audio. Hover above the ‘General’ channel (under Voice Channels). Click the gear icon on the right to open up settings.

Adjust the BITRATEslider to the right (96kbps) for the highest sound quality. While you’re here, you can also change this channel’s name to something like “Podcast Interviews.” .

Click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom when you’re done.

  • Click ESC in the upper right.
  • Here’s where Discord gets to flex its muscles in ways that other software can’t.
  • Look on the bottom left of Discord. Click the gear icon (near your name) to open User Settings.
  • Under ‘APP SETTINGS,’ click Voice & Video.

Verify that the INPUT DEVICE is your microphone and the OUTPUT DEVICE is your headphones.

  • Just leave it on ‘Default’ if you’re not sure.
  • If you’re considering upgrading to a higher quality microphone, see my article on the different types of voice mics, and my recommendations.

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  1. Click ‘Let’s Check’ and speak into your microphone. You should see the bars light up green.
  2. If they are yellow or red, you’ll need to adjust the INPUT VOLUME slider.
  3. Move the slider until the bars light up more green than any other color.
  4. Set INPUT MODE to Voice Activity. In INPUT SENSITIVITY, you could opt to leave ‘Automatically Determine Input Sensitivity’ on, which will work well for most situations.
  5. But, if you find that you want to fine-tune your mic settings, then turn the toggle OFF and consider the two options below:To set the slider manually, here are your two options:Slide it all the way left.
  6. This will allow all your mic audio through and be recorded by Craig and your guests.
  7. Try this only if you don’t understand the next option.When looking at the slider, you will see a bar moving with the noise that’s picked up by the mic.
  8. If you remain still and quiet, the moving bar will stay near the slider’s left side.

Setup the Craig Bot to Record Audio File

Drag the dial, so it’s sitting just to the right of the bar when all is quiet. When the bar is yellow, your mic will auto-mute, but when you speak, it will be green and allow you to be heard.

Set it correctly, and it will provide a cleaner recording while your guest is speaking. Slide it all the way left. This will allow all your mic audio through and be recorded by Craig and your guests. Try this only if you don’t understand the next option.

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