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