What should I use to record my voice in Win­dows 10?

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Q I’d like to make voice record­ings on my Win­dows 10 com­puter, us­ing a plug-in mi­cro­phone. What’s the best pro­gram for do­ing this?

Al­lan Smith

A Win­dows 10 ac­tu­ally comes with a recorder pre­in­stalled. Find Voice Recorder in your Start menu, or type voice then press En­ter. You’ll be prompted to plug in your mi­cro­phone if you haven’t al­ready, or if your PC or mon­i­tor doesn’t have one built in. Click the blue mic but­ton to start record­ing, then again to stop. Your record­ing is saved au­to­mat­i­cally. The but­tons at the bot­tom of the win­dow let you share it, trim it and re­name it (it’s called ‘Record­ing’ by de­fault), and there’s a flag icon for quickly mark­ing im­por­tant points. To find out more about us­ing this tool, see Mi­crosoft’s web­site: www.snipca.com/24578.

If you’re af­ter some­thing more pow­er­ful, try Au­dac­ity ( www.au­dac­i­tyteam.org, see screen­shot). This free, open­source pro­gram was up­dated a cou­ple of months ago to – in its own words – “prop­erly sup­port Win­dows 10”. The new ver­sion (2.1.3) adds Timer Record and Sound Ac­ti­vated Record­ing op­tions so you can cap­ture au­dio af­ter a de­lay (handy for set­tling your­self and clear­ing your throat). It also lets you record sound from your PC, edit and con­vert im­ported au­dio files, and ex­port in mul­ti­ple for­mats. The edit­ing tools are sim­ply amaz­ing, rang­ing from ba­sic trim­ming to spe­cial ef­fects and the abil­ity to layer and mix mul­ti­ple tracks.

Au­dac­ity is safe and quick to in­stall, and also comes as a por­ta­ble pro­gram if you’d pre­fer to run it with­out in­stalling. Click Down­load, then Win­dows, and then choose the ‘in­staller’ or ‘zip file’ link. For help, im­merse your­self in the su­perb Au­dac­ity Wiki ( http://wiki.au­dac­i­tyteam.org).

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