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How to Record Audio on Windows 7 with or Without a Microphone

Jane Zhou Updated on Aug 01, 2021|   min read

You may need to record the sound on your Windows 7 computer for various reasons in your daily life. However, many people don't know how to record audio on their computers with or without a microphone. You need to make different options when you are setting your computer to record the microphone or not. It sounds difficult, but don't worry, we will show you how to do it step by step. However, if you use EaseUS RecExperts, recording audio on Windows 7 will become much easier.

Part 1. Easy Steps to Record Audio on Windows 7

The easiest way to record audio on Windows 7 is to download EaseUS RecExperts. With this software, you don't need to change any settings on your computer, just customize audio-recording settings on this program with one click.

Moreover, you can use this software to record the screen and record webcam on your computer. How to record zoom meeting? That may be a troublesome problem for business people. EaseUS RecExperts can also help them deal with it. Therefore, we strongly recommend you use this software to record audio on Windows 7.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts, and you can choose one of the four main functions on the main screen. Here you need to click on "Audio".

mainscreen of EaseUS RecExperts

Step 2. You can select the sound source by clicking on the bottom left button. It supports recording system sound, microphone voice, and both of them. The settings in "Options" helps you to adjust the volume.

choose system sound as output

Step 3. Click on the "REC" button to start recording. When you want to finish recording, click on the red square icon to stop it.   

edit audio files

Step 4. An audio player will pop up automatically, and you can view the recorded audio or trim it with a built-in tool.  

preview and cut

Part 2. How to Record Audio on Windows 7 with a Microphone

There are two ways to record audio on Windows 7, and you may choose the one suitable for you.

Solution 1. Record Audio on Windows 7 with Sound Recorder

Windows 7 includes a great little application you can use to record sounds - Sound Recorder. All you need is a sound card and a microphone plugged in, or a webcam with a microphone built-in. Your recordings are saved as Windows Media Audio files and can be played by any media player. To learn how to use this program, don't hesitate to read this tutorial.

sound recorder windows

Step 1. Find Sound Recorder on your computer. You may use the two ways listed below to do so:

  • Go to "Start > All programs > Accessories > Sound Recorder";
  • Type the word "sound" in the "Start Menu" search box. In the "Programs" list of search results, click "Sound Recorder".

Step 2. As soon as you start the Sound Recorder, you will see the green sound bar moving according to the strength of the sound.

Step 3. When you want to finish the recording, press the "Stop Recording" button.

Step 4. If you press the "Stop Recording" button, a new window pops up. You need to choose where to put the file recorded. The file will be saved in WMA format by default.

Solution 2. Record Audio on Windows 7 with Audacity

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software, available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems. In addition to recording audio from multiple sources, Audacity can be used for post-processing of all types of audio, including podcasts, by adding effects such as normalization, trimming, and fading in and out.

Audacity has a useful feature that can record the audio coming out of your computer—even without Stereo Mix. In Audacity, you need to choose the "Windows WASAPI" audio host and then choose an appropriate loopback device, such as "Speakers (loopback)" or "Headphones (loopback)".

audacity windows

Step 1. Open the Start Menu and click "Control Panel".

Step 2. Click "Sound" and under "Recording", right-click "Show Disabled Devices".

Step 3. Right-click "Stereo Mix" and choose "Enable". After that, right-click "Stereo Mix" again and choose "Set as Default Communication Device".

Step 4. Open Audacity, click "View" and choose "Toolbars">"Device Toolbar".

Step 5. In the box on the top of your screen, choose "Primary Sound Capture Driver" and click the red "Record" button to start recording. You may click the button again to finish the recording.

Step 6. Click "File">"Export" to save the recorded audio file to your computer.

Part 3. How to Record Audio on Windows 7 Without a Microphone

If you have a built-in audio recorder on your computer, it will probably record all the sound, including the microphone, by default. However, sometimes we don't want the recorder to record the microphone for various reasons: we don't want others to hear us, the voice from the microphone is too loud, or there is simply no need to record the microphone. Then, what should we do to let the recorder record only system sound? In fact, with only a few clicks, you can make the recorder record without a microphone. Let's have a look at the tutorial.

record audio without microphone

Step 1. Click the "Headphone" button on the downright corner of your screen. It looks like a loudspeaker.

Step 2. Choose "Recording devices". In the next window, right-click Microphone and choose "Disable".

Step 3. If you see other microphones here, also right-click to disable them. Then, you may open an inbuilt audio recorder and start recording.

Conclusion

In a word, if you want to record audio with a microphone, you may customize the settings as what we show you in part 2; if you want to record audio without a microphone, you need to follow the steps in part 3. However, if you use the software - EaseUS RecExperts we mentioned in part 1, recording audio with or not are both easy tasks. With only one click, you can shift from the two modes. Therefore, we strongly recommend you download this software from the blue button below.

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author Jane Zhou

Jane Zhou

Jane is an experienced editor for EaseUS focused on tech blog writing. Familiar with all kinds of video editing and screen recording software on the market, she specializes in composing posts about recording and editing videos. All the topics she chooses are aimed at providing more instructive information to users.

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