Best Sound & Voice Recording Apps for Windows 10, 8

By: Radu Tyrsina
3 minute read

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, Windows 8, and now, Windows 8.1, 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, Windows 8.1, but after having installed the preview, 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 Windows Store that can do just the same, and maybe with some added features.

Sound & Voice Recorder Windows 10, 8 built-in app

sound recorder in windows 8

Inside Windows 8, Windows 10, we actually have two solutions for you to record sounds or just your voice: the desktop, old Sound Recorder and the new, the official app of Sound Recorder. You can access both of by going to the search charm (which will be soon flooded by ads, by the way) 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, Windows 8 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, Sound 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.

voice recorder app windows 10

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 8, Windows 10 computer. Until the Voice and Sound Recorder app for Windows 10, Windows 8 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 for Windows 10, 8 [Download link]

There are a lot of sound and voice recorder apps in the Windows Store that you can use on your Windows 8, Windows 10 or Windows RT device. We have tried our best to compile a short list below with some of the most useful there are. If you know of any others, don’t hesitate and let us know in the comments section.

1. Recorder Ones

Recorder Ones audio sound recorder app

This app supports long recordings, so it’s perfect if you need to record long conferences, for example. Other features include: WAV/M4A format support, auto-saving, fast navigation during playback, OneDrive support so you can save your audio files in the cloud.

Download Recorder Ones

2. Lucky Recorder

lucky recorder

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.

Download Lucky Recorder [$4.99]

3. Audio Recorder

Audio Recorder windows 10 app

With Audio Recorder, you can easily record and replay audio files. You can also enable automatic SkyDrive 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.

Download Audio Recorder

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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