I remember that among the first things that I did when I got my first computer was to play around with the sound recorder function.
With the coming of Windows 10, I have kept this “secret passion” and whenever I have a free moment, I start singing and then laugh listening to what I just recorded with my beautiful voice.
Microsoft said that it will update the Sound (or voice, call it as you wish) Recorder function inside Windows 10, but after installing it, I still don’t detect any differences.
We will talk about Windows’ own sound and voice recorder options and we will also bring up a short list of apps from the Microsoft Store that can do just the same, and maybe with some added features.
Windows 10’s built-in sound & voice recorder
Inside Windows 10, we actually have two solutions for you to record sounds or just your voice: the old Sound Recorder and the new, official app of Voice Recorder.
You can access both of by going to the search charm and typing there “sound recorder”. The first one, with the microphone icon, is the app, and you should use that if you’re on a touchscreen device, that’s my suggestion.
The Sound Recorder app for Windows 10 is quite fun and incredibly simple.
After recording your voice or the sounds around you, you can then choose to play, trim, delete or rename the file. However, we have tried checking where are the sound recorder files saved to, but we couldn’t find the exact location.
Maybe some ingenious reader could help us. The recordings are saved in the Sound Recorder app menu.
On Windows 10, Voice Recorder has a brand new interface which is much lighter and simpler than the one available on Windows 8, as you can see in the screenshot below.
The second one will open the traditional sound recorder option that has been part of Windows for ages. It’s easier to use, more basic and allows you to save Windows Media Audio files everywhere you want in your Windows 10 computer.
Until the Voice and Sound Recorder app for Windows 10 will get a fix (or until we figure out were are the files stored), I sadly recommend to stick with the old function.
Sound & voice recorder apps from the Microsoft Store
There are a lot of sound and voice recorder apps in the Microsoft Store that you can use on your Windows 10 or Windows RT device.
We have tried our best to compile a short list below with some of the most useful. If you know of any others, don’t hesitate and let us know in the comments section.
This app supports long recordings, so it’s perfect if you need to record long conferences, for example.
With Audio Recorder, you can easily record and replay audio files. You can also enable automatic OneDrive upload and access your audio files on all your devices.
Of course, you can also choose to store the recorded files in your local file system. The app allows you to jump to specific positions or loop parts of your audio files and quickly access particular pieces of information.
NowSmart Sound Recorder
NowSmart Sound Recorder is an easy to use app to record other apps, web pages, and many more.
Unfortunately, NowSmart Sound Recorder does NOT save recording history, but you can find previous recordings by clicking on Settings (the three dots) and then Open Storage Location.
The app is free and you can download it from the Microsoft Store.
Audacity 2 is an open source app developed by a group of volunteers.
It has a simple interface an it’s easy to use. The app includes a multi-track audio editor and recorder that works on Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Audacity 2 is free and you can download it from the Microsoft Store.
Best sound & voice recorders for Windows 10 (paid version)
And now let’s see what are the best premium paid sound and voice recording software versions available on the market.
These tools bring additional features and options compared to the free software listed above.
If you’re looking for a professional audio recording app, then Lucky Recorder is the right tool for you. It features a simple and intuitive user interface.
You can use this app to record meetings, lectures, personal notes, and more. If you need to listen to particular recording parts, you can always play back your audio files and then share them.
Lexis Audio Editor
Lexis Audio Editor is an audio recorder an editor with lost of features.
You can create or edit audio files, and then save them in multiple formats. Other features include normalizing, noise reduction, record and import into existing file, and 10 band equalizer.
You can also change the tempo, speed, and pitch, then save the recordings in mp3 (-320kb/s), wav (16 Bit PCM), wma (-192kb/s) and m4a (-192kb/s).
Lexis Audio Editor has a free version and a paid one, the only difference between them being that saving in mp3 format is only available in the paid version.
That’s it for our list with the best sound & voice recording apps for Windows 10.
If you have any other suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.