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Free Sound Recorder

CNET Editors' review

The Sound Recorder that comes with Windows will capture the audio stream and save it as a WAV you can edit or convert later on. But there's room for improvement, and there are more than a few choices, when it comes to recording digital audio with your PC. It's possible to spend staggering amounts of money on pro audio suites that really don't handle most users' needs any better than Free Sound Recorder by CoolRecordEdit. Like the Windows tool, it records whatever your sound card is processing, but Free Sound Recorder adds scheduling, more output formats, hot keys, and some unique extras. Several premium upgrade levels are available if you need still more.

Free Sound Recorder's interface resembles a media player, and in fact it is one, at least in part. A set of media player controls beneath the Files List addresses one of the most serious shortcomings of many versions of the Windows tool: the inability to play back recordings. The recording controls, two-channel level display, and counter also give Free Sound Recorder that "music" look. Clicking Options opened a tabbed dialog box that let us choose to save files as MP3s, WMAs, WAVs, or Ogg files. There's a useful option to create file names based on the date and time; it's selected by default. Hot key and Schedule settings are fairly standard, but the Automatic Gain Control certainly isn't. This feature can limit the High Level, Low Level, and Attack Time of recordings when the source is too loud, too soft, or too dynamic, producing a more even sound. The Voice Active System let us set the threshold for reading sound levels as silence to accommodate clean high-quality audio or noisy recordings. It's not as complicated as it sounds, as we found when we clicked links labeled "What Is This?" that open the program's clear, comprehensive Help file on the appropriate pages. The Files List and Mixer panels can be minimized.

We've made digital recordings of many LPs as well as live audio and other sources, and Free Sound Recorder is a definite upgrade in quality, capability, and convenience over the built-in Windows tool.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 643 votes

    • 5 star: 237
    • 4 star: 82
    • 3 star: 57
    • 2 star: 33
    • 1 star: 234
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick and easy Voice Recorded with on-demand extensions"

    April 16, 2014  |   By claudedomett

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    Easy to record, trim and otherwise.

    Cons

    No drawbacks... reasonable review period.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Work perfectly."

    April 16, 2014  |   By clay_tours

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    I used it to record the radio and it worked perfectly.

    Cons

    It works fine with me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best recording software"

    April 16, 2014  |   By Kern4477

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    Very easy to use. Many settings and supported file types. Free updates for couple of years.

    Cons

    Cannot find any.

    Summary

    Well worth its money, highly recommended!

    Updated
    Easy (sorry for my bad English)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple to use."

    April 16, 2014  |   By Jeans7844

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    Simple to use and serves my needs. I use it to edit music to play as ringtones for my phone. Nothing additional to download to help with the editing. As for the criticism of 1 of the reviews about the extra tools - you can choose not to install that option during the installation.

    Cons

    Nothing special to report.

    Summary

    Would recommend to people like me - want something to edit music, but possess very little patience or time to learn all these complex programs out there or download all sorts of things to make 1 software work. The simplicity of this program appeals to me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works for me"

    April 14, 2014  |   By vivian_tree

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    Simple interface, easy to understand, effective for my needs.

    Cons

    None yet, but I've barely gotten into it.

    Summary

    All I wanted was a simple program to do some basic recordings in my computer. Download was easy, and I was able to do what I wanted without studying the instructions (which I still haven't read, BTW). There's likely a lot more to the program, but it works for what little I want so far.

    Updated on Apr 14, 2014

    Your software really ROCKS!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works for my needs"

    April 14, 2014  |   By gregory_arden

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    Easy to use and believe me I am quite a novice with sound recording.

    Cons

    I haven't found any problems for what I use it for.

    Summary

    Great app and if I should get more serious about sound recording I would definitely upgrade to the full version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very intuitive! I'm a newbie and I figured it out."

    April 14, 2014  |   By Sage15963

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    I don't know anything about editing audio. I needed to do it for a video (screencast) project (don't know much about editing video either!). This made the task so much easier. I was able to not only cut out bad portions, but also reduce extraneous noises. I don't know the terminology so on any other editor I would not have found those functions. With wavepad I did not need to know what I was looking for. All the functions were laid out nicely in plain English and appropriate icons, and I used the default settings.

    Also, the use of the keyboard was very intuitive. F2 to stop and start, scroll wheel to zoom in/out, etc.

    Cons

    I have not found any cons yet.

    Summary

    Everything is laid out so nicely and it's so user-friendly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "*** WARNING *** hijacked my Google browser settings"

    April 11, 2014  |   By jgray110

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    1. Easy to use.
    2. Saves file at Stop.

    Cons

    1. Google replaced with Conduit.
    2. Added Protector to prevent Google.
    3. Added web-tracker for ads.

    Summary

    I had to run Restore to previous day. I knew it was this download because I didn't download or run anything else. I was so angry I wanted to contact these punks and tell them off.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best audio recording software I have found!"

    April 3, 2014  |   By Rhys32894

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    Works great, records clearly, exports in so many different formats, easy to use, and nothing else I have found compares.

    Cons

    Safe, fast and easy.

    Summary

    It works wonderfully with no problems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best free audio recorder available."

    April 3, 2014  |   By ernestine_davenport

    Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.7.5

    Pros

    - Automatically detects computer systems internal microphone and speakers.
    - Easy and intuitive user interface.
    - Export sound/music to MP3 with ease.
    - Does not crash or slow down computer.

    Cons

    - I seriously cannot think of any cons with this free software.

    Summary

    I was looking for a program with which I could record telephone calls. With this software I can do anything I need to do with this easy to use and free program. It is fantastic, 5 stars!

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