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How to Record Your Voice & Listen to It Backwards Online

by Quinn MarshallUpdated September 28, 2017

Recording audio and then playing it backwards is similar to backmasking -- a recording technique in which audio is recorded backward onto a tape, then played forward. Some people believe hidden messages can be found in words that are read aloud and played backward, while others just find it amusing to listen to their favorite poems, song lyrics and nursery rhymes reversed. No matter your reason, you can record yourself talking and then play it backwards using backmasking websites and audio software.

Plug a microphone into your computer's microphone port.

Click "Start" and type "Sound Recorder" into the search field, then press "Enter." Windows' native sound recording application opens.

Click the red "Record" button to begin recording. Talk into the microphone. When you're finished, click the "Stop" button. A window automatically opens for you to save the recording. Choose a location on your computer, such as your desktop, give the file a name and click "Save."

Open your Web browser. Type "talkbackwards.com" into the address bar, then press "Enter." Click "Choose File" and select the file you want to hear played backward. Click "Send File." The audio clip uploads to the site and automatically plays backward. If you don't hear anything, check your computer's speakers and turn up the volume.

Download Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.com), an audio editor with a "Reverse" feature, if you want to save your reversed audio file for later use. Install the program, then click its icon to launch it. Click and drag your audio file into the program to load it. Click "Effect," then "Reverse." To save the reversed file, select "File," then "Export." Choose an export format, enter a title and select a location, then press "Enter."

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