Windows 11 gets a new sound recorder app

Windows 10 has a built-in Voice Recorder app, intended for making simple recordings from a connected microphone. Microsoft is now overhauling the app for Windows 11, with a new name: Sound Recorder.

The existing Voice Recorder app is about as bare-bones as you can get, with no option to change input devices (it’s stuck with the standard Windows audio input), no file format options, no auto-generated text, and so on. It has long needed an update and now a replacement is available on the Windows Insider Dev Channel.


Microsoft wrote in a blog post, “you’ll notice that there’s a beautiful new visualization for audio during recording and playback to complement the new look and feel of the app. We’ve also added support for changing your recording device and file format from within the app, which were among the most requested features in Feedback Hub.”

The new app definitely looks a lot more impressive than the current Voice Recorder, with both light and dark themes and a waveform display. According to @ChangeWindows on Twitterr, the new app has a millisecond display, an audio input switch that is separate from the system default, and new playback speed options. You can even import recordings captured with other tools. M4A, MP3, WMA, FLAC and WAV are all supported, with three audio quality settings to choose from.

Microsoft has updated many other built-in Windows apps with new features and fresh designs. Paint, Notepad, Photos, and the Snipping Tool have all received major updates that bring them in line with the look and feel of Windows 11. More recently, Microsoft has transformed the aging Groove Music app into the new Media Player, which still includes new features (such as playing CDs).

The new Sound Recorder app is available for testing for Windows Insiders on the Windows 11 Dev Channel. It’s not yet clear when the new app will roll out to everyone running Windows 11, but if it does, it will replace the older Voice Recorder app.

Source: Microsoft

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