How to create an audio file

You need to provide instructions to an acquaintance on how to carry out a specific operation and, to do it faster, you would like to send him one or more audios containing all the necessary information. Given the “scope” of the thing, it doesn’t seem appropriate to rely, once again, on the now very used recorders integrated in messaging apps (e.g. WhatsApp), but instead you would like to know how to create an audio file that you can also keep in the future and send, if necessary, using the system that seems most appropriate to you.

How do you say? Did I exactly describe your need at the moment? Great, then let me give you a hand to succeed in this “enterprise”! During this tutorial, in fact, I will show you some programs, websites and applications through which it is possible to create files containing voice, sounds and anything else that is “captured” by the microphone and/or directly from the computer.

Don’t worry if you are not very familiar with the technology, you have no reason to: all the steps are extremely simple to put into practice and do not require any specific skills. So what else are you waiting for to get started? Take a few minutes of free time for yourself and put into practice everything I have to explain to you on the subject. I guarantee you that, in a short time, you will be able to reach the goal you set for yourself. Enjoy your reading!

How to create an audio file on PC

Are you thinking of creating an audio file on your PC in order to capture your voice or, again, the sounds coming from a program you are using? In this case, you have several solutions that you can rely on. Let me show you some of the more interesting ones.


How to create an audio file on PC

Let’s start with Audacity : if you’ve never heard of it, it’s a program completely dedicated to audio manipulation, suitable for both beginners and more experienced users. Among the many functions of the software, which is open source and available free for Windows , macOS and Linux , is the possibility of creating an audio file in MP3 and in numerous other formats.

To obtain the program, first connected to its home page, click on the Download Audacity button and then on the most appropriate item for the operating system you are using. For example, if your PC is Windows , click the Audacity for Windows tile, then the Audacity xyz installer link , and then Audacity Windows installer .

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Once the download is complete, again if you use Windows , open the .exe file you have obtained, press the Yes button and, after selecting the language to use, press the OK button . Subsequently, click on the Next button four consecutive times, then on Install and wait a few seconds for the necessary files to be copied to the most appropriate folders; to conclude, press the Next and Finish buttons and wait for the software to open automatically.

If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac , after visiting the Audacity website and clicking on the Download Audacity button , click on the Audacity for macOS box , select the link Audacity xyz dmg file which resides in the new page that opens and then on the Audacity macOS dmg item , in order to start the download of the program setup file.

After obtaining the Audacity.dmg file , start it and, using the window that is proposed to you, drag the program icon into the Mac Applications folder ; after completing this step, you can open the software by calling it from the Launchpad or using the icon just copied to the Applications folder . At the first start, you will then have to click on the Allow button , in order to authorize the launch of a program from developers not certified by Apple (more info here).

From now on, the steps to take are the same on both operating systems: to start, choose the microphone to use to capture audio by using the drop-down menu next to the Microphone icon . For example, if you intend to record sounds from outside the computer and coming from the microphone, you must choose the Built-in microphone option ; if, on the other hand, you are interested in recording the sounds played by the computer (option available only on Windows; to have it also on macOS you need to install a special software, as explained in my guide on how to record the Mac screen with internal audio), always select from the menu seen a little while ago, the Microsoft Sound Mapper item , or Loudspeakers (Loopback).

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To start creating the audio, click on the Rec button (the one showing a red dot ); to temporarily stop the recording, click on the Pause button (the one showing two vertical lines ) and, to interrupt it, press the Stop button instead .

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When you are satisfied with the result, click on the File menu located at the top left, select the Export audio item from within it and, having reached the screen dedicated to the saving settings, indicate a name to assign to the audio, the output format ( eg MP3 or WAV , if you intend to create a WAV audio file ) and the folder in which to store it. When you’re done, click the Save button and, if you wish, enter the metadata tags to associate with the file; to conclude, press the OK button and you’re done!

As I already mentioned at the beginning of this section, Audacity is a very powerful software which allows, in addition to recording audio from the PC and from external sources, also to manipulate already existing tracks, to join them together and to make a large number of speed adjustments, transitions and much more: to find out more, I suggest you read my guide on how to use Audacity, in which I illustrated the most useful and important aspects of the program.

Other solutions to create an audio file on PC

Other solutions to create an audio file on PC

Do you think that the solution illustrated above is absolutely valid, but do you still think it is not suitable for your current needs? In this case, you could evaluate the use of some alternative software, each with its own peculiarities and suitable for different scenarios.

  • Voice recorder (Windows) and Voice Memos (macOS) : these are two integrated programs, respectively, in Windows and macOS through which it is possible to record voice notes in an extremely simple way, using the computer microphone or any external microphone. I told you about it in detail in my guide on how to record audio.
  • Wavosaur (Windows) — free audio recorder and editor, in its basic version, with a spartan interface but many interesting functions.
  • Audio Hijack (macOS) — it is a well-known program in the music field, through which it is possible to record and combine the audio coming from the macOS operating system, from the programs running on it, or from the microphone. The software is paid for, but a free trial version is available, which allows you to create recordings up to 10 minutes long.
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How to create an audio file online

How to create an audio file online

If you don’t want to “burden” your computer with a dedicated program, it will be useful to know that you can create audio files online , using the browser: in this regard, I suggest you contact the free Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder service .

The latter, after installing a small launcher, allows you to create an audio file directly from within the navigation program, from any operating system, allowing it to be saved in MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA and OGG formats.

To be able to use it, connect to the home page of the service, click on the Start Recording button and then on the Download Launcher button located inside the “balloon” that appears after a few seconds. Once you have obtained the necessary file, start it and follow the instructions shown on the screen, to finalize the installation of the “little program” necessary for everything to work.

Once this is done, wait for the launcher to load and, to select the source from which to record the audio, click on the button depicting a speaker located at the bottom left. To start capturing sound, then press the REC button . Subsequently, if you wish, you can pause and resume the recording at any time by clicking on the appropriate button located in the center of the screen.

When you have finished, you can interrupt the recording by clicking on the Stop button : the recordings made in this way are automatically saved on the computer and listed in a special list, which can be reached by clicking on the button representing a list ; to view the path to each file, click on the folder icon located at the bottom.

How to create an audio file on smartphones and tablets

You don’t have a PC as you have chosen to use your smartphone and/or tablet as the only device and, consequently, would you need some advice on the best apps for creating an audio file ? I’ll settle you right away.

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Integrated audio recorder

How to create an audio file on smartphones and tablets

Most Android devices, as well as all iPhones and iPads, have a built-in voice recorder with which you can create audio recordings in a very simple way.

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In the case of Android , the app can have different names, depending on the variant of the operating system installed on the device: for example, the “standard” app of Xiaomi smartphones is simply called Recorder . That said, once you locate the app in question on your smartphone or tablet, open it and hit the Rec/Pause button , which usually resides in the center, to start or temporarily stop recording; to end it, press the Stop button instead . The recording will be saved automatically.

If, on the other hand, yours is an iPhone or an iPad , the app responsible for recording audio from the microphone is called Voice Memos and resides on the Home screen of the device (or in the App Library). To use it, once started, press the Rec button (the one with the red dot ) to start recording; to end it, instead, tap the Stop button (the red square ).

If necessary, I point out that you can call up the Pause , Resume and End buttons , together with the audio editing tools, by dragging the lower part of the application panel upwards. If you need an extra hand while using the aforementioned app, feel free to check out my guide on how to record audio on iPhone.

App to create audio files

App to create audio files

How do you say? Does your Android device not integrate an application used to create voice notes, or Voice Memos of iPhone and iPad failed to meet your expectations? In this case, you can rely on a number of mostly free third-party audio maker apps available on the Play Store or alternative stores for Android and the App Store. Below I list a few.

  • Easy Voice Recorder (Android) — this is an easy-to-use voice recorder, which has three different recording modes: voice notes, meeting/lectures, and RAW music/sound. The recorded files can then be exported in AMR, AAC or PCM format. Basically, the app is free, but a paid version is available that includes extra features (such as recording in stereo mode and automatic exclusion of silences).
  • Triveous Voice Recorder (Android) — this is another excellent application dedicated to the Google operating system, which allows you to record files in different formats (M4A, WAV and AAC) and automatically upload them to the cloud. It’s free but there’s also a paid version available, with additional features such as noise cancellation, automatic skip of silences and recording via Bluetooth microphones.
  • Voice Recorder — Voz (iOS/iPadOS) — is an application that allows you to create audio in different formats (such as AIFF and WAV), edit them and share them very easily with your contracts and on social networks. It’s free.
  • Voice Record Pro (iOS/iPadOS) — this app allows you to easily create, edit and share notes and voice recordings, exporting the created files also in MP3 format. It’s free with ads.
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To learn more about the subject, I invite you to read my guides dedicated to recording apps and those dedicated exclusively to vocal notes, in which I told you about both the solutions mentioned above and other excellent applications useful for this purpose.

How to convert audio files

How to convert audio files

Do you have a music file created with a very specific format but you need to convert it to MP3 or another type of audio, more suitable for the goal you need to achieve? In this case, specific tools for the purpose, called converters, can help you : these are programs, apps and websites that can transform music from one format to another in a very simple way.

In most cases, it all boils down to pointing the location or loading the source file (i.e. the one to be transformed), specifying the destination format and pressing a button to start the conversion, which usually takes a few seconds (depending on the audio length). If you are interested in this possibility, take a look at my tutorial on how to convert audio files, in which I have covered the subject in great detail.


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