How do I make mp3s of my own voice?

Ron Carr January 22, 2011
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I’ve had a microphone connected to my computer for years, but have never used it because I don’t know how. I want to introduce some videos on DVDs that I’m making. I’m running Windows XP on a Athalon dual, Asus motherboard with onboard sound.

For instance: I have an audio recorder that will record anything on my sound card, but I don’t know how to make the connection between microphone & recorder if, in fact, that is what you’re supposed to do.

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  1. Mark O'Neill
    January 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I second Jonathan. Audacity is the easiest way to record anything, especially your own voice. Just plug in your headset / microphone combo, hit record on Audacity and off you go. Easy as pie.

  2. Jonathan Mould
    January 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I would recommend Audacity for recording and editing MP3s. Download it free at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    Depending on what software you're using to make the DVDs, you might be able to record directly from that program.
    otherwise, here's how to record using Audacity.
    1. Connect the microphone to your computer as you normally have it connected.
    2. Open Audacity
    3. Select "line in" or "microphone" from the input drop down. ( I use windows 7 so audacity is slightly different but the principle is the same)
    4. Click on the record button and record your MP3.
    5. Press stop and make any edits you need. ( You can find audacity tutorials here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html )
    6. Click on File > Export and select where to save the file. ( It might be necessary to download a plugin to convert to MP3 but audacity will guide you through this. If you don't want to or can't download the plugin you can export as WAV then convert to MP3. A good file converter is Switch, http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html )

    You are now finished your recording. If you need further explanation I can make a screen recording to guide you through it but I hope this is clear enough.
    Happy recording!

  3. FIDELIS
    January 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hello, I have a few links for you. Hope they help you accomplish what you want.

    How to connect a microphone to a computer tutorial:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Connect-a-Microphone-to-a-Computer

    Tutorials on how to record your voice on a computer:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7521972_record-voice-windows.html
    http://www.wikihow.com/Record-Your-Voice-on-a-Computer

    How to record and edit:

    http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/voicerecording.html