Free Sound Recorder

Free Sound Recorder

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 701 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    2,426,969
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 06, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

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

    2.8

    out of 92 votes

    • 5 star 32
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 44
  • All Versions

    3.2

    out of 701 votes

    • 5 star 280
    • 4 star 84
    • 3 star 57
    • 2 star 34
    • 1 star 246
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5 stars

"Simple and easy to use"

January 24, 2013  |  By sheldonwoolworth

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

It's very straightforward and has a filelist to manage recordings

Cons

It has no issue with recording my audio

Summary

don't know why this product hasn't got more downloads, it's the only one that worked for me

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1 stars

"Installs toolbar & doesn't do what it says"

January 23, 2013  |  By wonkotsane

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

None found

Cons

Installed its search toolbar even though I declined it, uninstalling it removes it from Internet Explorer but not Chrome. Supposedly records from the sound card but doesn't.

Summary

Installs malware, doesn't do what it says it does. Steer well clear.

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5 stars

"perfectly simple to use"

January 21, 2013  |  By weekslanny87

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

nothing to figure out.nothing to learn.select sound source and record it.

Cons

default hotkey to record is F2

Summary

finally a program that does one very simple task without having to convert for output.

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1 stars

""Free" 30-day TRIAL"

January 16, 2013  |  By btljooz

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

Don't know. I don't do Trial-ware.

Cons

Is only a 30-day trial.
See for yourselves:
http://coolrecordedit.com/download_coolrecordeditpro.html

Summary

'nuff said.

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5 stars

"Good recordings"

January 16, 2013  |  By ludwigprevost82

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

I'm impressed by the number the presets.

Cons

a hotkey may conflict with renaming (F2)

Summary

A very good free audio recorder.

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5 stars

"VERY IMPRESSIVE!!"

January 14, 2013  |  By wallacerhys65

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

Excellent choice of output quality,
Save recordings in various formats
Excellent freeware product

Cons

None really

Summary

Highly rec. this. Its easy to use and lots of fun but it is also a very serious App. if you need it to be.

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5 stars

"My favorite audio editing software ever"

January 11, 2013  |  By prestonwilkinson12

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

Multiple formats can be used. All sound sources supported.

The interface is intuitive and I had no problem working it the first time.

Cons

Nothing I can think of.

Summary

My son and Daughter are able to use it without my help and without my instruction so it must be a pretty simple program.

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5 stars

"perfectly simple to use"

January 10, 2013  |  By ceciwilder

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

nothing to figure out.nothing to learn.record audio, then save it.

Cons

Nothing yet

Summary

Recording karaoke is just fun. Now I can record the performance for my sis.

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1 stars

"Be careful when you install and use it"

January 02, 2013  |  By btbuz

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

nice interface

Cons

all the bloat the comes with it

Summary

This is a nice little program BUT it has things imbedded in it that load other software that you have to buy for $30. It also loaded a whole bunch of other "things" that I had to turn around and remove. So be VERY careful when you install it. I'm surprised that CNET endorses this and feel they should remove it from the list.

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5 stars

"Does what it says."

December 30, 2012  |  By ChuckyW

 |  Version: Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1

Pros

Works exactly like it says. Records what your sound card hears.

Cons

I have not found any yet.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.3.1
Version 9.3.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes
General
Publisher CoolRecordEdit
Publisher web site http://coolrecordedit.com
Release Date November 29, 2011
Date Added December 06, 2011
Version 9.3.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.02MB
File Name FreeSoundRecorder_CNET.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,426,969
Downloads Last Week 3,738
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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