Microsoft has just presented a new audio recorder for Windows 11, prettier but also more complete and flexible than the small audio tape recorder built into Windows 10.
Little by little, Microsoft keeps improving Windows 11. With fixes and tweaks to its new operating system, of course, but also by adding to its suite of built-in software – the applications installed by default, sometimes referred to as “natives”. Thus, over the months and in a happy confusion that seems to have characterized the chaotic development policy of the Redmond company for some time, we have seen the appearance of often preliminary versions of “extra” software – but precious – such as Paint , Notepad, Calculator, Snipping Tool, Photos or Media Player. And next on the list is Audio Recorder – Sound Recorder US version.
Completely redesigned to adapt to Windows 11 graphics standards (dark mode, windows with rounded corners, etc.), this new generation tape recorder will replace the old and rustic voice recorder that shipped with Windows 10 and, above all, does not shine in its limitations. And the least we can say is that Microsoft seems to have listened to users’ complaints. So, unlike the old application, Sound Recorder allows you to change the source instead of just recording the microphone connected to the PC input. Better yet, it also offers a choice of audio format and audio quality – four predefined levels – and handles M4A, MP3, WMA, Flac and Wave by default. That’s not all ! Sound Recorder displays the waveform to visualize the sound signal and place markers. It also allows you to import audio files. And even change the playback speed. Pretty !
Microsoft gives few details in the overview article published on its blog on May 10, 2022. It is not known whether Sound Recorder will offer real editing options, for example to edit audio or add sound effects. Nor if it can manage multitrack recordings like professional software or the must-have free tool Audacity, which would make it a complete application for podcasters, for example. And we don’t know the actual “release date” of this new tape recorder, which is currently only available in preview through the Windows Insider development channel. But this little preview is very promising and gives a lot of hope for the quality of the applications that Microsoft will gradually integrate into Windows 11.