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Windows 7: Sound Recorder

24 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Sound Recorder

The Sound Recorder that comes with Windows 7 really sucks. It only records and as far as I can see it will not allow editing. It also will NOT save as wav files.

I learned this trick a long time ago. From Windows XP I copied the sound recorder file and pasted it to Win 7. This works fine except I have a memory issue because I have to much memory.

When I go to edit a wav file, such as:

Name:  soundrecorder0.jpg
Views: 2341
Size:  19.7 KB

When I select an option such as "Delete before current position" I get the following message:

Name:  soundrecorder.jpg
Views: 17
Size:  18.3 KB

According to Microsoft this will happen with any pc with more than 2 gb of memory.

Does anyone know of a fix for this other than removing memory?


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24 Jul 2010   #2



Maybe an option is to use another program.
A very good program is Audacity, it's free, it records wav files and you have loads of editing options.

You can find it here: Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

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24 Jul 2010   #3 force Sound Recorder to save as WAV, the user must start Sound Recorder with the command line "soundrecorder /file outputfile.wav"

from the wiki.

EDIT: type it without the quotation marks, it will ask for a place to save the file when u have finished recording. Oh and this is for the Windows 7 sound recorder.
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25 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro

Thanks for the replies .

A very good program is Audacity
I agree that Audacity is a good program, but I don't believe it will save or convert into the (wav) formats that the XP Sound Record is capable of. I will give it another shot and see.

force Sound Recorder to save as WAV
good to know, but still it will not edit.

I still want to know if there is a way around or a fix for the 2gb rule for the XP Sound Recorder.
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02 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

I have been trying to save a sound recorded file in wav format for sometime now. I tried the command prompt with no luck. A friend even sent me the sound files in wav but still could not use it, as it showed up as wav.wpl whatever that is. I just need to convert the file to wav format as I need to upload it on a website that supports wav format only for audio playback. Please help
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02 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

I forgot to add I am using windows 7 home premium 64 bit if this helps
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03 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro

If you want to extract the audio from mpg, wma etc, I use DVDVideoSoft :

Free Video to MP3 Converter: How to extract audio from video to MP3

The audio is in wav format then I use Audacity to edit the audio to the way I want it.

Good luck
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03 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

I'll try the dvd/videosoft audio , but I also tried to download Audacity with no luck, it took me to something different, never could find the page it showed.
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19 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 x64

I know this is an old thread, but I had the memory problem on my Windows XP machine too but it seemed to work ok when I was using up a bunch of memory with other programs.
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