While there is still no sign of any built-in screen recorder on Windows 11, many third-party apps can help you to get the job done. In fact, you can also use the apps to capture screens, record video via webcam, and more.
But if your requirements are only constrained to only recording audio, Windows 11 has got you covered. The native Sound Recorder allows users to seamlessly record audio on their Windows 11 PC.
Some of the most prominent features of the build-in audio recorder are its ability to save media in various formats, directly import the recorded audio files, and more. That being said, here are our curated steps on how you can easily record audio in Windows 11.
Record Audio in Windows 11
In this article, we are going to discuss two of the easiest ways to record audio in Windows 11. You can pick the Sound Recorder app that comes built-in on Windows 11 or use any third-party application such as Audacity.
Note: Both the methods are apps that are easy for you, and are described in detailed steps.
1. Use Built-in Sound Recorder App in Windows 11
For the majority of the users, this might come as a surprise, but Windows 11 comes with its own built-in Sound Recorder application. Not to mention, the app comes with a very intuitive UI, in line with the overall Windows 11 aesthetics.
Previously known as the Voice Recorder app, based on UWP, Microsoft rebranded the same to Sound Recorder app without a completely new design overhaul. The Sound Recorder app in itself is pretty self-explanatory and easy to use.
Furthermore, Microsoft started offering extensive support for multiple formats with the Sound Recorder app including MP3, WAV, MP4, WMA, and more. You also get the flexibility of choosing the audio quality from auto, medium, and high.
Like every other prominent sound recording application, you can also change the audio input (recorder device) right within the app. Here’s how you can natively record audio on your Windows 11 PC:
Step 1: At first, press the ‘Windows Key’ and type in ‘voice’ or ‘sound’. Click on the search result, ‘Sound Recorder’.
Step 2: In case the app is running on an older version, it will automatically update to the latest Voice Recorder. You can also directly click on the download link to update the app directly from Microsoft Store.
Step 3: Once you launch the Sound Recorder App, from the drop-down menu you can find the recording device. Simply click on the large red ‘Record’ button to start recording. In order to stop recording, you can click on the same button, which will turn into ‘Stop’.
Step 4: Once you are done recording your file, simply right-click on the recorded audio. You can also open the file location to move it accordingly.
Step 5: You will find your recorded audio saved in Windows 11 under the ‘user profile > Documents > Sound recordings’ folder.
Step 6: You can further tweak the audio intervals while creating timestamps and change the playback speed accordingly, using the menu located at the bottom-right corner.
Step 7: You can also completely change the recording quality of your audio file within the Sound Recorder app. Simply click on the ‘three-dot menu’ from the bottom right corner to access the ‘Settings’ menu.
Some of the most common tweaks you can make include changing the Audio Quality of your recording from Best all the way down to Medium. Similarly, you can also change the Recording format of your audio file.
2. Recording Audio Using Audacity (Third Party App) in Windows 11
Audacity is hailed as one of the most advanced audio recorders you can find out there on the internet for Windows 11. Along with recording your microphone audio, you can further expand your audio input including the ability to record system sound, audio from the speakers, and more.
And did we forget to tell you? Audacity is open-source, ensuring it’s completely free to use. So whether you are a casual user or a professional, you can make the most out of Audacity with ease.
Here are our curated steps on how to use Audacity:
Step 1: At first, head over to the given link to Download Audacity. Furthermore, you can also install Audacity using Microsoft Store in Windows 11.
Step 2: Once installed, open Audacity. Click right next to the ‘microphone icon’ at the top to select your input device for recording audio.
Step 3: Once selected, click on the ‘recording button’ to start your audio recording. In order to stop, simply click on the greyed ‘stop’ button.
Step 4: After completing your recording, you can simply click the ‘green play button’ to listen to your recording. You can further tweak your audio recording by removing noise, adding mix, changing speed, and more.
Step 5: In order to save the audio recording, go to Files > Export. You can also choose your preferred file format.
Step 6: All you need to do is select the folder to save the audio recording and you are good to go.
Also Read: How to Get Help in Windows 11
The Bottom Line
So there you have it, two of the easiest ways in which you can record sound in Windows 11. This goes without saying, the native Sound Recorder app is an excellent choice if you want to record audio on the go. But, if you want something that is more feature-packed, our recommendation goes with Audacity. For additional questions, let us know in the comment section below.