How-To: An Easy Way to Record and Edit Voice in Windows 10

Voice recording is a necessary function not only for tasks such as recording meetings, but also for hobbies such as content creation. Recording voice on PC is as simple as recording voice on mobile phone.
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As long as you have a microphone and a voice recording program, you can record with your PC at any time. However, there is no need to invest extra money for the voice recording program. There are good paid programs out there, but there are also decent free ones. A free program is a reasonable choice, especially if you’re only making short recordings for editing.

Not all voice recording programs offer the same level of functionality. Recording and simple editing are possible even with the built-in app in Windows, and there is also free software suitable for those requiring somewhat complex recording skills and editing functions. Here, we will introduce how to use Windows Voice Recorder with basic functions and Audacity program suitable for those who need advanced functions.

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It is a very simple voice recording program that is installed by default in Windows 10. Press the Windows key or the Start button and type ‘Voice’ or ‘Recorder’ to find the ‘Voice Recorder’ application.

Click the blue record button in the middle left of the app screen to start recording. After you start recording, an icon appears in the center of the screen that allows you to stop and pause recording, and mark a specific point in time along with the recording time. When the recording is finished, you can check the file in the file list, and you can play the file directly in the voice recorder app. Simple editing such as cropping is possible in the app, and you can edit the file name.

If recording does not work even with a working microphone, check whether the microphone is enabled in ‘Input Device’ in Windows 10 Sound Device Settings (click the Windows key and search for ‘Sound Device Settings’).

The files recorded by the voice recorder are automatically saved with the m4a extension. This is an extension that can be played as a default app installed on most devices.



It is well-known as a program that provides sophisticated features for free without the complexity of professional audio programs. The basic functions necessary for recording are arranged at the top of the program. Start, stop, pause recording, change microphone, control output device power to play recording file, etc. All functions necessary for voice editing are also available on the main screen.

If the recording situation is complicated and you need detailed editing work, we recommend using Audacity rather than Windows Voice Recorder. Audacity is capable of multi-track combining multiple audio files, recording simultaneously using multiple input devices, and making sophisticated modifications such as adjusting the input device volume. It will take some time to learn all the features Oda City has to offer, but the more time you invest, the more useful it will be.

Files recorded and edited in Audacity are not automatically saved as audio files like Windows Voice Recorder, but as project files. Therefore, to play a file with an audio app, you need to separately save it in an audio format such as mp3 or wav in ‘File → Export’. It can be saved in various audio extensions, so it is useful even for beginner level users.

How to improve recording quality

When high-quality recording is required, the following method is recommended.
  • Record in a room free from background noise and echo. It may seem strange, but recording in a closet full of clothes also helps.
  • Speak into the microphone. If you are far away from the microphone, the sound may reverberate.
  • Hardware also plays an important role in sound quality. If you have the extra money, it’s a good idea to get a USB microphone with good performance. [email protected]

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