In order to get the best possible audio output from your computer, you should place the most updated soundcard on it. You can also purchase a good speaker system that would do justice to the quality of the audio delivered by the soundcard.
Now you might come to a point where you where you would want to record some of the sounds produced by the computer. It can be something that you come across the internet or some music or sound that you made yourself. Whatever type of sound it is, you might wish to have it as a file stored on your computer. How do you go about that?
There are several ways that you can achieve that but if you want instead to record an external sound source into your computer, then there is also a specific method that you can follow. The most important thing is that you should have an audio cable that connects to the external sound source. The source could be a microphone or even a music player.
Once you have that audio cable hooked up you can record the audio going through the cable using a sound recording program on the computer. The good news is that you need not purchase the program since computers would come free with one anyway.
Once the audio cable has been connected you can then open up the audio recording program. You should see an option to start the recoding. If you prefer to use some other program, then you can use Audacity. This program is free and it can be used for editing the audio as well. Keep in mind that the program that came along with the computer will store the audio in WMV format. You would have to convert it or you can just use a more sophisticated program to record straight to MP3.
If you will be doing a lot of recordings or you are planning on doing it regularly then you can hire a carpenter to build a sound card recorder wooden case for the audio input. That would ensure that the cable connections would not have to be moved each and every time that you are going to do a recoding. It would also ensure that the devices will not get damaged by having to be moved around.
Those are the steps that you can follow in order to record on your computer.