How to Record a Sound on a Windows Computer

By Techwalla Computers Editor

You can use the Windows Sound Recorder to record your own warning beeps or other sounds. You'll need a sound card that supports sound input, a microphone and speakers.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer Microphones
  • Microsoft Windows

Step 1

If your computer has a sound card and speakers, as most do, you will only need to acquire a microphone (fewer computers come with them). Microphones range in price greatly; if you're just recording simple sounds and effects, buy a cheaper microphone.

Step 2

Attach your microphone to the Sound In port on the back of your computer. (It might have a picture of a microphone next to it.)

Step 3

If your microphone has an On button, turn it on. Otherwise, refer to the instruction sheet that came with it.

Step 4

Open the Sound Recorder. (Open the Start menu and choose Programs, then Accessories, Entertainment and, finally, Sound Recorder.)

Step 5

From the Sound Recorder, click New.

Step 6

To begin recording, click Record - the circle that appears at the right-hand side of the Sound Recorder.

Step 7

When you are finished recording, click Stop - the square that appears directly to the left of the circle.

Step 8

Use the Play, Rewind and Seek to End buttons to test your recording.

Step 9

When you are satisfied, save your sound file using the Save As command in the File menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also record from a CD player, if you have one.
  • Sophisticated software is available for purchase if you want to perform more complex tasks with sound. The Windows Sound Recorder is very basic.
  • Sound files are very large and will take up considerable space on your hard disk.