How to Make an MP3 With Windows Sound Recorder

By Contributor

Updated July 21, 2017

Windows Sound Recorder is one of the most versatile applications included in the Windows operating system. You can use Windows Sound Recorder to record, edit and manipulate sound files in many ways. You can even, indirectly, make an MP3 with Windows Sound Recorder.

Create your audio file with Windows Sound Recorder.

Use Windows Sound Recorder to manipulate your audio file. You can increase or decrease speed, increase or decrease volume, add echo, mix 2 files together, insert 1 audio file into another and delete portions of your audio file, all within Windows Sound Recorder.

Save your audio file to an appropriate folder on your computer.

Open your WAV to MP3 conversion software.

Load your audio file into your conversion software. Execute the conversion instructions for your particular softwareSave the file the software creates as an MP3 file.


Your MP3 conversion software will likely ask what bit rate you wish to convert the file to. You should select 128 kilobytes or higher. Once you make your MP3 with Windows Sound Recorder, you can further edit and manipulate using Audacity, a free MP3 editor available from the Audacity website. If you don't already have a program that will convert a WAV file to an MP3 file, you can find a selection of freeware and shareware programs on Cnet.

Items you will need

  • Windows Sound Recorder

  • Conversion program (to convert WAV files to MP3 files)