06 Mar 2021
On Windows, there’s no rule saying multiple running programs can’t make use of the same “microphone” at the same time. They can! You can produce 2 separate outputs that share 1 input audio track.
Want to livestream over Zoom while capturing your high-fidelity sound for posterity?
You can simultaneously record into Audacity / Reaper / OBS and pipe the same microphone into Zoom. No problem!
Doing the same party trick with virtual mixing from multiple “microphone” inputs might involve some software somersaults & messy virtual “wiring,” but it’s the same idea.
If you have an ordinary consumer computer, it might even be powerful enough to simultaneously make multiple simultaneous uses of a single video input (such as a webcam). For example, maybe you perform over Zoom, but you also record a backup video with OBS.
That said, if you have a lower-end computer, why chance crashing it? Most streaming services (Zoom, Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube, etc.) can take care of capturing a recording for you. Don’t overengineer your recording technique beyond your actual needs.
Posts In This Series
- Part 1 - Intro to streaming and recording concepts
- Part 2 - Recording an Audient iD14's sound in Windows
- Part 3 - Listening to computer sound through an Audient iD14
- Part 4 - Using a Behringer UCA202 with Windows, Android, or iOS
- Part 5 - This Article
- Part 6 - PiP webcam + screen sharing
- Part 7 - Using your phone or iPad as a webcam
- Part 8 - Using OBS as a virtual webcam for Zoom conference calls
- Part 9 - What's a docking station?