Free Sound Recorder

Free Sound Recorder

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 700 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.0.4
  • Total Downloads:
    2,438,498
  • Date Added:
    October 27, 2014
  • File Size:
    11.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,846
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.4

    out of 5 votes

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  • All Versions

    3.2

    out of 700 votes

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    • 4 star 84
    • 3 star 57
    • 2 star 34
    • 1 star 244
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5 stars

"Runs smooth, efficiently"

November 09, 2014  |  By seempens

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 10.0.4

Pros

Great Capabilities. An almost magical program to record, adjust, change and correct audio files. Support for the program is strong.

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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5 stars

"Flawless performance"

November 06, 2014  |  By turkeyexo

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 10.0.4

Pros

A powerful, easy to use tool for recording audio.

Cons

None for the moment

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5 stars

"I've using it for years"

October 30, 2014  |  By LachMichelini

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 10.0.4

Pros

I'm a long time user of Free Sound Recorder and all I can see out of this software is friendly design and excellent recording quality.

Cons

Some details can be better

Summary

Nice piece of sound recorder, and it's free

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1 stars

"Malware plus Fail under Windows 8.1"

October 29, 2014  |  By Bob_Meyer

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 10.0.4

Pros

None, zero, nada, big waste of time.

Cons

Lots of malware to opt out of. Installs Sound Canyon anyway after opt out. Fails during initialization with Invalid Device Requested under Win 8.1.

Summary

Run Away! Run Away! -1 stars

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1 stars

"fugetaboutit"

October 29, 2014  |  By ColoradoJay

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 10.0.4

Pros

None unless you like malware

Cons

Malware malware malware as you will read about if you go back past the questionable 5 star reviews

Summary

I wasn't smart enough to read enough reviews to get to the bad ones. Now I'm running a couple of programs to uninstall all the garbage this program installed.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.0.4
Version 10.0.4 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher CoolRecordEdit
Publisher web site http://coolrecordedit.com
Release Date August 04, 2014
Date Added October 27, 2014
Version 10.0.4
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.02MB
File Name FreeSoundRecorder_CNET.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,438,498
Downloads Last Week 3,846
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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