Recording audio in Sound Recorder: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about recording audio in Sound Recorder.

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What can I do if I'm having trouble recording audio on my computer when using Sound Recorder?

Try using the Recording Audio troubleshooter to fix common problems with audio hardware and settings, and then try to record audio again in Sound Recorder. For more information about recording audio in Sound Recorder, see Record audio with Sound Recorder.

Open the Recording Audio troubleshooter by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under Hardware and Sound, click Troubleshoot audio recording. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

I want to record a certain amount of audio using Sound Recorder. How can I do that?

Here's how you can specify a duration of audio to record using Sound Recorder.

  1. Open the Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Command Prompt, and then, in the list of results, click Command Prompt.

  2. At the prompt, type the following, where filename represents the name of the file you want to record, and filetype represents the file type extension:

    SoundRecorder /FILE filename.filetype /DURATION hhhh:mm:ss

    For example, if you want to save a file named output.wma, and you want recording to stop after 45 seconds, type SoundRecorder /FILE output.wma /DURATION 0000:00:45

  3. Press the Enter key.

    Sound Recorder opens as an icon in the notification area.

  4. Record the sound that you want to record.

  5. At the specified duration, Sound Recorder saves the file under the following path, where User Account Name represents the user account name on your computer:

    C:\Users\User Account Name

I want to record audio from a device other than a microphone. How can I do that using Sound Recorder?

You can connect another audio or video device, such as a VCR, analog video camera, cassette tape deck, or CD or DVD player, to the Line In jack on your sound card. After that, you can record the audio from that device on your computer by using Sound Recorder.

Picture of microphone jack, line-in jack, and line-out jack
Microphone, line-in, and line-out jacks on a typical desktop computer

To change the line input that is used for recording audio

  1. Take the end of an RCA cable with a single 3.5mm stereo mini-jack and plug it into the Line In jack (which is often blue) on the sound card installed on your computer.

    If the RCA cable has red and white RCA connectors on both ends, you need to connect the red and white RCA connectors on one end to a single 3.5mm stereo mini-jack adapter, and then plug the stereo mini-jack adapter into the Line In on your sound card.

  2. Connect the red and white RCA connectors on the other end to the Line Out red and white RCA jacks on the audio or video device.

  3. Open Sound by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type sound, and then click Sound.

  4. Click the Recording tab.

  5. Click Line In or the name of another line input or device that you want to use, and then click Set Default.

  6. Click Properties, click the Levels tab, move the volume slider to the right to increase the recording volume, and then click OK.

  7. In the Sound dialog box, click OK.

  8. Open Sound Recorder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Sound Recorder, and then, in the list of results, click Sound Recorder.

  9. To record the audio, click Start Recording.

  10. On the audio or video device, press Play to begin playing the audio that you want to record.

  11. When you want to stop recording audio, click Stop Recording, and then press Stop on the device.

  12. Enter a file name for the recorded audio file, and then click Save.