Windows 8, Windows 10 Sound & Voice Recorder and Best Apps for it

By: Radu Tyrsina
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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 inside Windows 8, Windows 10

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.

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 Windows 8, Windows 10 apps from the Windows Store

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. The problem is that not all of them have online links, so you will have to search manually for some

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