How to record audio;5 Steps You Must Know

How to record audio.You have a very important business meeting tomorrow and you would like to record it, so you can listen to your boss’s instructions at home and try to do your duties at your best. Unfortunately, however, you don’t know how to do it. The fact is that you have never been the “tech” type and your knowledge of audio recording is quite poor.

You have tried looking on your smartphone, you have searched for solutions on your computer, but you have not found anything suitable for your purpose. It all seems too complicated and, taken by despair, you have almost decided to give up. Eventually though, you decided to give it another try and look for a solution online, so you ended up on this tutorial of mine.

Did I guess? Well, because in this guide I will explain, in a simple but not for that little detailed way, how to record audio from a computer, smartphone and tablet using solutions within everyone’s reach. So take a few minutes of free time, choose the solution that seems most suitable for you and use it following my instructions. I assure you that, in no time at all, you will be able to record your first audio at best. Having said that, I just have to wish you a good read and wish you a big good luck for everything!

How to record audio;5 Steps You Must Know

  • How to record audio from PC
    • How to record audio on Windows
    • How to Record Audio on Mac
    • How to record audio with Audacity
  • How to record audio from the phone
    • How to Record Audio on Android
    • How to Record Audio on iPhone
  • How to record audio on Classroom
    • From PC
    • From smartphones and tablets
  • How to Record Audio in PowerPoint
    • From PC
    • From smartphones and tablets

How to record audio from PC

Is the device you want to use to make your recordings a PC ? Very well! In the following paragraphs I will show you how to get perfectly audible recordings, with clear and clean sounds, in a simple way. To do this, you can rely is the default solution for Windows and MacOS that such third-party applications . Which? Find everything explained below.

How to record audio on Windows

The first application I want to show you is the Voice Recorder which you can find already installed inside your Windows computer . Being an application integrated in the system, you will only need to search for it among those present on the PC.

To search, write “Voice Recorder” in the search bar (located in the taskbar at the bottom or in the Start menu) and click on the Open item . Once this is done, press the Yes button , to allow the voice recorder to access the microphone (if necessary). In the new window that has opened, click on the Rec button (with a picture of a microphone) to start recording.

Once the recording has started, you can decide to stop it permanently, by clicking on the Stop button (the blue button), or to pause it (and then resume it from the exact point where you stopped it), by clicking on the Pause recording button (to restart it you have to do click this button again). Instead, pressing the Add a highlighter button (the one with the flag) will add a bookmark to mark a specific part of the recording that you will be able to see, at the exact point, after recording is finished.

Did you record your first audio? Well! Now, through the new application screen, you can listen to it again and make changes. By clicking on the Cut button you will be able to cut some recording pieces by simply moving the two black cursors and then, by clicking on the Save button , decide whether to update the original copy or save a copy of the file. Instead, by clicking on the Rename button you will be able to rename your registration. In addition to this, you can also decide to share or delete it by clicking on the relative buttons.

Last, but not least, by clicking on the View more info button (the three dots) you can select the Open file path item to access the folder where the recordings are saved. Alternatively, you can find them manually by opening File Explorer (the yellow folder icon in the bottom menu) and following the path Documents> Sound Recording . The files are saved in .m4a format .

How to Record Audio on Mac

Do you use a Mac ? So, to record your audio, you can use Voice Memos : an application integrated into the macOS operating system designed to easily record voice notes through the internal microphone of the computer or any external microphone.

To open it, access the Launchpad (the rocket icon on the Dock bar) and click on its icon, then press the Continue button (if you see the welcome message) and choose whether to enable the use of the location and synchronization of your voice memos on iCloud (I recommend no for the first request and yes for the second).

Now you just have to start your first registration. To proceed, click on the Rec button (the red circle). Later, if you want to temporarily interrupt the recording, click on the Pause button (the two red bars); if you want to end the recording, click on the Finish button . The list of recordings will appear in the left part of the window as you make new ones.

Once you have finished recording, in the new screen that opens, you can listen to your recording again by clicking on the ▶ ︎ button or modify it by pressing the Edit button , located in the upper right corner. The editing options allow you to replace , cut or delete a piece of registration.

To replace, i.e. overwrite a portion of the recording with new audio, place the playhead (the blue line that runs along the recording wave) at the exact point where you want the audio overwriting to begin. Now hit the Replace button to record over the selected part. When you’re done, click the Stop button and then the Finish button .

To cut or delete a piece of the recording, on the other hand, click on the Cut button (the rectangle in the upper right corner) and, finally, move the yellow head left and right by setting the ends of the section you want to cut. Now you just have to click on the Cut button or on Delete , then on Save .

If you want to delete the entire recording directly, select it from the list, right click and select Delete from the context menu. To rename it, instead, click on its name , delete the text and write the name you want. Finally, to move your recording, select it from the list, hold down the left click and drag it to the Desktop or into a Finder folder . The files are saved in .m4a format .

How to record audio with Audacity

The last PC solution I want to offer you is Audacity , one of the best free and open source audio editing programs, available for Windows , macOS and Linux . Don’t be scared, this is nothing too complicated, Audacity is also suitable for beginners. Its interface is intuitive and completely in Italian. Do you want to try it? Well, then just follow what I’m about to tell you.

First of all, download the program by connecting to its official website and clicking first on the Download Audacity button and then, if you are using a Windows PC , on the Audacity For Windows entry . Afterward, click the Audacity xxx installer link , then click Audacity Windows installer and that’s it.

At the end of the download, open the .exe file obtained, click on the Yes button to allow the application to make changes on the device, select the language and press OK . Then click on Next four times and on Install . Wait a few seconds, then press Next and Finish again to complete the setup. Audacity will open automatically.

If you are using a Mac , proceed as follows instead: connect to the official Audacity website and click on the Download Audacity button . Now press the Audacity for macOS button ; in the new page opened, click on the link Audacity xxx .dmg file and then on Audacity macOS dmg , to download the .dmg file to install the program.

Once the download is complete, open the downloaded .dmg file and drag the program icon into the Applications folder . Done? Very well. Now you just have to open Audacity using the Launchpad or looking for the icon in the Applications folder . Then click on the Allow button (to authorize the opening of software that does not come from certified developers, which is only necessary at the first start).

You are now ready to start using Audacity. The first thing to do is to choose the right microphone. Then click on the drop-down menu corresponding to the microphone icon and choose the Integrated microphone option to record sounds external to the computer, such as voice. The program for Windows, unlike the one for Mac, also offers the possibility to record the sounds played by the computer, by selecting the Microsoft Sound Mapper item from the same menu.

You just have to start recording by clicking on the Rec button (the red dot). You can decide to pause it by clicking on the Pause button (the two lines), or to end it by clicking on the Stop button (the square). To save your recording, instead select the File item from the menu at the top left, select the Export audio item from the latter, type a name to assign to the file, choose the output format (e.g. MP3), the destination and click Save . If you want, in the new window, enter the metadata tags and press the OK button .

Audacity offers tons of other features to edit and enhance your recordings. If you want to learn how to cut pieces of audio, change the speed, quality or adjust the volume, I recommend my guide on how to use Audacity where you will find all the useful information in this regard.

How to record audio from the phone

For practical reasons, did you choose to make your audio recordings from a smartphone or tablet ? No problem – there are tons of solutions you can use on both Android and iPhone / iPad . You will easily succeed in your intent and you will be able to get excellent recording even through these devices. Do you want to find out how? Well, then read on and you’ll find out how to record audio on your mobile devices.

How to Record Audio on Android

If you’re using an Android device , it likely has a built-in Voice Recorder . To search for it, go to the Home Screen or the app drawer and check among the available icons and folders.

Once located (the name may vary depending on the brand and model) tap on it and open it. Using the Rec button , the central one, you can start recording and stop it, by tapping the Pause button (the two lines). To definitively end the recording, press on Stop (usually represented by a square or a check mark). The file will be automatically saved on the device.

Does your device not have a built-in recorder? Then I can recommend one of the most popular Android apps. It is Triveous’s Voice Recorder , available in a free version on the Google Play Store and on alternative stores . A PRO version is also available (from 4.99 euros per month or 19.99 euros per year).

In the free version, the app allows you to record in experimental m4a format, add notes and images, and make some changes such as noise and echo cancellation . The paid version, on the other hand, offers additional features such as storage in the Skyro Cloud , synchronization between devices, sharing the registration as a link and support .

After downloading and installing the application on your device, open it by tapping on its icon. To start a recording, click on the microphone icon at the bottom. To activate other advanced functions, press the menu button (the three dots) and select the Settings item from the pop-up menu. In the new screen that opens, select the Core Audio item to change the parameters.

How to Record Audio on iPhone

Do you use an iPhone ? Then I am happy to inform you that, installed directly on the device, there is the Voice Memos app , the same one available on Mac . Its functioning is almost identical.

To use it, go to your Home screen and tap on the Voice Memos icon . Once open, all you have to do is tap the Rec button (the red dot) to start recording. When you want to end it, instead, tap the Stop button (the red square).

To access the other functions, once the recording has started, enlarge the black screen by dragging it upwards. In this way you will find the buttons Pause (the two lines), Resume and End (on which to tap after finishing). Furthermore, you can modify your registration by replacing a section, cutting it or deleting a part of it.

If you want more information to make the most of the Voice Memos app , I suggest you read my guide on how to record audio with iPhone , completely dedicated to the topic.

Voice Memos not for you? No problem, there are numerous other apps that you can download from the App Store, such as Voice Recorder-Voz . Its simple and intuitive interface allows, totally free (but with the presence of advertising), to record audio, save them on the device, edit them and share them on social networks or with your contacts. Furthermore, from the Settings , you can decide the file format (M4A, AIFF or WAV) and change the Channel from Mono to Stereo.

Starting a recording is very easy. You just have to tap on the app icon and then on the Rec button (the red dot). You can stop it by tapping the Pause button (the two lines) and resume it. To stop it permanently, tap the Stop button (the square), rename the file and press the OK item . From the bottom menu you can see your saved recordings by tapping on the headphones icon .

How to record audio on Classroom

Do you need to create an audio on Google Classroom , the Google platform for online education? I am sorry to inform you that it is not possible to directly create an audio through this platform, however you can still upload audio recorded in another way. In the next paragraphs I will explain how to do it; it is, in fact, an extremely simple procedure that can be carried out in a matter of seconds.

From PC

First, record your audio with the built-in recorder in your PC or via Audacity , following the suggestions I gave you previously.

Now all you have to do is access Google Classroom through your browser , select the Course in which you want to insert the audio file and click on the item Share something with the course . Afterward, click the Add button and select File from the drop-down menu. In the new window, click on the Select file from device button and choose the audio file previously saved on your computer.

Finally, you just have to click on the Upload button and wait for the operation to complete. Once the file is uploaded, add a description and press the Publish button .

From smartphones and tablets

If you work through the Google Classroom app for Android or iOS / iPadOS , the procedure you need to perform is very similar to that described above for the PC version of the service.

Therefore, record the audio through the voice recording app of your device, open the Classroom app, access the Course on which you want to upload the audio file and tap on the item Share something with the course .

Now press the Attach button (the one in the shape of a paperclip) and select the File item . In the new screen, look for the folder where the file resides. In the case of an Android device, you can choose between different folders such as Recent or Audio . On the iPhone , however, you can search between iCloud and files saved directly on the device.

Once you’ve found the audio, tap on it; wait for the upload, add a description and press the Send button (the arrow-shaped one).

How to Record Audio in PowerPoint

Want to use PowerPoint to add audio narration to your presentations? No problem: this is a feature present in the famous Microsoft software, very convenient and simple to use. Now I’ll show you how to use it.

From PC

If you prefer to work on a PC , first access Microsoft PowerPoint, create a presentation or open an existing one. Now, the slide in which you want to insert an audio, select from the top menu, select Insert and click Audio . From the pop-up menu, then select the Record audio item , allow PowerPoint to access the microphone (by clicking on the OK button ) and, when the window called Record Audio opens , click on the Rec button .

Now you just have to talk and stop the recording by hitting the Stop button when you’re done. Lastly, click the Insert button to insert your recording into the slide. An image of a speaker will appear, which you can move wherever you want (always within the slide). By clicking on it you can start the audio.

From smartphones and tablets

Using the Microsoft PowerPoint app for Android the procedure remains practically unchanged. Access the latter and select an existing presentation or, possibly, create a new one.

On the slide where you want to insert your audio recording, if you are using a smartphone, tap on the arrow (below) and then on the Home item . On a tablet, however, just select the Home tab at the top. Then select the item Insert and tap on Audio . At this point, select the recorder app installed on your device and record an audio by pressing on Rec .

Once finished, tap the Stop button and save the recording in MP3 , WAV or MID / MIDI format . Finally, select the audio track to insert and it will be automatically attached to the slide. Unfortunately, the procedure cannot be performed via the Microsoft Power Point app for iPhone i iPad .


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