Recording with Windows Sound Recorder


SoundRecorder is the standard audio recorder that comes with Windows. Although it is a fully functional voice recorder, it is also a very basic recorder which has never been updated by Microsoft despite the many versions of Windows out there. The biggest pitfall for this program is the fact that it requires one to press the Record button every 60 seconds in order for continuous recording to occur. This is a nuisance to say the least and despite its simplicity and ease of use, it's not recommended for use in the labs due to this feature or lack thereof.

Getting Started:

  • Open SOUND RECORDER By Clicking on START / LANGUAGE RECORDING TOOLS / SOUND RECORDER
    The program should now be open



  • Open the VOLUME CONTROL By Clicking on START / LANGUAGE RECORDING TOOLS / VOLUME CONTROL, or click the YELLOW SPEAKER in the Bottom Right Hand Corner of the screen.



    The program should now be open
    Open the RECORDING CONTROL By Clicking OPTIONS / PROPERTIES / RECORDING / OK



  • SOUND RECORDER and RECORDING CONTROL are both open. Ensure that the SELECT Box for the Microphone has a Checkmark. Adjust the Microphone Recording level according to your voice and overall sound quality



    Press the RED RECORD BUTTON



  • Use the microphone to start recording.

  • The STOP BUTTON Works like a PAUSE KEY by allowing recording to resume at the point where it was stopped.

  • ****PRESS THE RECORD BUTTON EVERY 1 MINUTE (60 SECONDS) TO CONTINUE RECORDING****

  • To discard a recording and start over, click FILE / NEW and when prompted to Save Changes, choose NO



  • When recording an audio file students are required to record their actual name at the beginning of each recording, and save any and all audio files for evaluation purposes (using Export as WAV), under the 'V - Voice Recordings' in the appropriate course subfolder. The filename should be the student name.
  • Once your recording has been saved it CANNOT be overwritten! If you with to save a different version of the same recording it must be called something different. For example. Original file = "filename.wav", Second version = "filename-finalversion.wav".