Below are instructions for recording audio with Voice Recorder on Windows 10/11. We strongly encourage faculty with older versions of Windows to contact their home campus IT department about upgrading.
Note on Microphones
Do not record audio narration with your computer’s built-in microphone. Doing so will most likely result in poor audio quality. Instead, use headphones or a headset that has either an attached or integrated microphone.
If you do not have access to any such devices you’ll be provided with a Logitech H390 Wired Headset. Instructions below note the Logitech H390 Wired Headset as the recording device, but are applicable to any recording device.
Before launching Voice Recorder verify your headset is selected as the recording input device.
Right click the sound icon in your taskbar and select Sounds. If you don’t see a sound icon, you may need to reveal it. To do so, click the small triangle/chevron next to the other icons in your task bar.
- In the window that opens, select the Recording tab.
- Right click the Logitech USB Headset and select Set as Default Device.
- Disable every other device by right clicking each and selecting Disable
- Next, right click on Logitech USB Headset and select Properties
- Select Levels and set the Microphone to 100 and Microphone Boost to 0 dB. This is a good starting point for recording levels.
- Click Apply and then OK.
When needed, repeat these steps to set another device as the default.
When recording with the headset, make sure you have your microphone properly placed and unmuted. The microphone is muted when the red LED is illuminated.
- Launch the Start Menu from the lower menu bar.
- Begin typing “Voice..” and the Voice Recorder app should appear as the best match.
- Click on Voice Recorder to launch the app.
- Once the app has launched, if you do not have any recordings yet there will only be a blue rec button in the middle of the application window. If you’ve recorded before using this app those recordings will show on the left.
- Click the blue rec button to begin recording.
- Once you are recording the rec button becomes a stop recording button. The animated blue lines around the button indicate that your microphone is picking up your voice. Click the stop recording button when you are finished. You can also click the pause button to stop recording without ending your recording session.
- After you stop your recording, it will appear on the left. Rick-click on your recording and select Open file location. This will bring you to the audio file. We strongly encourage giving your recording a descriptive name (e.g.,
To avoid lost audio, pause briefly at the beginning and ending of your recording. The media team will edit out these pauses.
Published on June 20, 2022 at 9:06:00 am CDT. Last modified on September 27, 2022 at 11:58:23 am CDT.