How to Record With Media Player

By Taylor Kanen

Windows Media Player is the default media software for all Windows operating systems dating to Windows 95. There are many practical uses for Windows Media Player as a music and video playback, a photo viewer, a CD burner and a portable-device sync medium. One cost-effective, convenient and amusing feature of the more recent versions of Windows Media Player is the ability to record sound and voice clips without expensive and cumbersome recording equipment. However, the recording element may not be as straightforward as the rest of Media Player’s features and does require a few extra components to get a smooth, satisfactory sound bite.

Things You'll Need

  • Software:
  • Windows Media Player version 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 (standard for most PCs)
  • Hardware:
  • Any Microsoft Windows compatible microphone
  • Sound card with Line In jack (standard for most PCs)

Connecting a Microphone to Your Computer

Step 1

Connect one end of the microphone adapter (male) into the microphone jack (female) by placing the appropriate prong of the adapter into the appropriate hole of the jack.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the adapter (male) into the jack (female) of the sound card labeled "Microphone or "Mic" — the female jack on most sound cards is color-coded pink.

Step 3

Consult the device manual for any other necessary instructions, as some devices may include necessary driver downloads. Driver downloads are included in the purchase of the device.

Downloading or Updating Windows Media Player

Step 1

Visit the Windows Media Player Web site (http://mediaplayer.11-now.com/). Click the Search or Browse button to load the website.

Step 2

A Web page with the features of Windows Media Player will load. Click on the blue button “Download” once the page has completely loaded to be prompted to set up an account.

Step 3

Enter all necessary information into the required fields and proceed to entering payment information. Double-check your information to ensure it is correct.

Step 4

Enter the necessary payment information in the required fields and proceed to the download or update. Double-check your information to ensure it is correct.

Step 5

The download will start automatically. Follow the steps for downloading or updating when prompted. Once the download or update is complete, Windows Media Player will be ready for use.

Recording Your Voice

Step 1

Open the “Start” menu and place the mouse cursor over the “Programs” menu and single-click. Find the “Accessories” menu from the options available and expand it by placing the mouse cursor over it. “Sound recorder” will be an option; click it. A window will pop up on the display screen with “record,” “play,” “pause,” “stop,” “fast-forward” and “rewind” buttons and an equalizer in it.

Step 2

Click on the “record” button, which is distinguished by a red dot, and speak or sing into the microphone. The sound bite will be recorded to Windows Media Player.

Step 3

Use the “play,” “pause,” “stop,” “fast-forward,” and “rewind” buttons to playback the sound bite. This allows you to see whether the recording is what you really wanted.

Step 4

Access the “File” menu and click the “Save” option. You will be prompted to name the recording. Enter your desired name, making sure to end the file name with one the these three file types: .asf, .wmv or .wma. Saving the sound bite allows you to access the recording in Media Player at any time.

Tips & Warnings

  • A microphone that is compatible with Windows can be found at most electronics department stores and includes the necessary adapter. One suggestion is to check your local RadioShack.
  • Depending on when the computer or laptop was purchased, the version of Windows Media Player will be more or less recent, the latest version being Windows Media Player 11. If an older version is currently on your computer, the quality of the recording may be less than desirable and an update is recommended.