Best Voice Recording Software For PC and Mac

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Voice recording is a crucial part of any studio. At ImproveVideoStudio, we’re not just about videos, but the wholesomeness of the recording journey. As a content producer, you will often get to crossroads when it comes to choosing software.  Often, you will be pitting pro voice recording tools against the commonly used voice recording options on both PC and Macs. We’re here to cut you the stress. If you are looking for voice recording software that matches all your needs for quality audio, this article has the best of them.

What are the best voice recording software for PCs and Macs? On this list, some of the recording software work across the platforms.  Some, on the other hand, work only on a single platform. This is often the case with “Mac-only” software. Each of them comes with a bunch of pros and a few cons.  Let’s not digress. To a large degree, the following are the best voice recording software for Pc and Mac

  1. Anchor
  2. Audacity
  3. Wavepad
  4. QuickTime
  5. Adobe Audition
  6. Mixcraft
  7. Logic Pro X

There’s a healthy dose of competition between PCs and Macs in virtually every other area. When it comes to voice recording, the situation is the same. In fact, the PC and Mac compete even favorably on this front. We can’t decide who cuts the favorite.  For this reason, you might as well get a PC and a Mac for voice recording in your studio. However, if you can’t afford it, simply get a Mac. It’s the more popular choice for professional audio recorders. Besides, the choice of Mac-based audio recording software is quite impressive.

Now, it’s time to separate the chaff from the clear sound.

Here we go

The Best Voice Recording Software For PC and Mac; A Detailed Review

Anchor

With the increasing popularity of podcasts, Anchor has certainly torn up the airwaves. As of today, more than 40% of all podcasts actively use Anchor one way or the other way. More often, we know Anchor for hosting all the podcasters. However, if you try the recording option on the software, you will be permanently “anchored’ to using the Anchor platform, pun intended.

The anchor software is compatible with both PCs and Macs. Although opinion is often divided on what platform the software works bests, I would say that it works well enough on both options. This means that you don’t have to worry about software selectivity with anchor. Moreover, there is a good smartphone companion for the software.

What features does Ancor pack beneath the record button?

While Anchor does not fall among the pro-level voice recorders, it pays up for what it lacks with a whole jar of enthusiastic and easy to use features. As a capable voice recording software, it packs the following specs and features;

  • Compatibility with a wide range of microphones–  Using accessory microphones is a recipe for better audio. This is why we created this great article on Best Cheap Microphones For YouTube Videos. That aside, Anchor lets you record with virtually any microphone.  Even with no other microphone in place, you can use your even your inbuilt microphone for the job. Either way, you’re assured of good quality audio.
  • Audio recording on Anchor works on the M4A format. This is different from MP3/WAV formats which are common with other voice recorders. The M4A format, although less common, gives crisp and clear sound under any conditions.
  • Compatibility with external voice recorders– Now, I wasn’t really supposed to go into external voice recorders. However, we can’t avoid mentioning them so long as we’re talking about voice recording.  Thus said, Anchor’s ability to synchronize recording from external voice recorders is commendable. It makes the software a worthy competitor in the field by far.
  • Easy to use interface–  This is the main reason any Anchor is preferred by many. To be honest, most of us fear the DAW format because we never seem to find our way through the maze of graphs and audio waves. You don’t have to worry about all that while using anchor. In fact, you’re just as good as the record button on this software. Although I wouldn’t use Anchor for audio editing,  I would highly recommend it for beginner voice recording.
  • Ready sharing options– Podcasters have to share their work with their followers, and so do you, right?
How much does Anchor cost?

Well, it doesn’t cost you anything at all.

If you want to test the waters with software voice recorders, you might as well try it out for a start.

Audacity

If you thought that Anchor scratches the surface of the audio recording world, you will have to think again. Compared to the professional audio recording software like Audacity, Anchor is all but child play.

It’s time to get into the proper, professional audio recording. This is a world, where audacity has been relevant for as long as it has existed.

First, Audacity is available across both PC and Mac.  Surprisingly, this software worked quite well on my old Windows 008 PC. According to other reviews, it functions on anything built within the last fifteen years, as long as that computer can be powered on. Besides, the fact that it’s an open-source option means that it comes free of charge. For those whose pockets have been worn thin by buying other things, you will not go wrong with audacity, if you have the audacity of using it.

According to most critiques and reviewers, Audacity is the best point to start learning how to record good quality audio.  However, that is still debatable. Altogether, the versatile options provided for by this software provide a good learning curve for beginners.

In case the whole point of audio recording for you is to undertake simple projects, I would highly recommend audacity too. For short, simpler audio recordings, you will enjoy the range of features that come with the software. However, recording longer audios might be messy once you get into editing.

Audacity features and specs
  • 16 or 24-bit audio recording–  Audacity allows you to record a wide range of audio formats. Moreover, it also has features for the conversion of the audio formats from one format to the other.
  • Wide range of audio effects for audio editing–  Whereas Anchor and a few other software voice recorders lack the girth when it comes to audio editing, audacity has space for this and more. It comes with EQ curves, adjustments on the bass and treble levels, surround sound, equalizers, and wah-wah effects among others. For audio editing, I think that cuts and fades make the most of audio effects. Well, I was happy to find a good number of them on audacity, to say the least.
  • Immense control on the audio recording – The amount of tools on the audacity control board is often staggering. These tools and functions give you control over virtually every recording function available on the computer interface.
  • Workable and relatively easy to learn user interface– Most open-source Softwares often suffer from highly complicated user interfaces. This has been the case with audacity for a long time. Even today, audacity certainly doesn’t inspire much praise from its user interface. It’s still rudimentary, though workable. Over the years, audacity has been upgraded to look both modern and chic. Still, the dashboard does appear a little messy from the first look. Aside from the looks, it also comes with a relatively small learning curve. This is because each function on the platform is made to appear as it should, and work as it should. For beginners, using Audacity to record their first audio pieces won’t be much of an uphill task.
  • Compatibility with a wide range of microphones– You have a condenser microphone for music recording? That’s fine, audacity will take it. If you have a boom microphone too, the software will take it. This is just to say that Audacity works with almost every microphone available today.

Wavepad

There are hundreds, if not thousands of stellar reviews for Wavepad on the internet today. Although I don’t want this one to fall into the cracks and become one of the many others, I have to join the bandwagon too.  If anything, what’s good has to be appreciated at any cost, right?

Wavepad is a fully professional audio recording and editing software. When I say professional, I mean it in every sense. It is the whole package, and more.

What makes Wavepad the idea audio recorder and editor?
  • It is relatively easy to use– According to most of its users, the reason why they choose wavepad over the other software voice recorders is its easy to use interface. Although it’s built with professionals in mind, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to amateur users either. Numerous professional studios actively teach their non-technical staff on how to use Wavepad audio editing for the recording of voice-overs and ads. It makes the production process easier for them.
  • It has both a free trial version and a master version for the pros– Wavepad has three options. These are the free, standard, and master options. you get to choose from if you chose. Unlike other pro audio editors, it will please most beginners to learn that Wavepad comes with a free trial version for your training. While this trial version lacks a few functionalities, it has enough of them to enable you to undertake some good quality audio recording.  All you need to have is a good Microphone. Preferably, you should get an XLR Microphone to record high-quality audio. Nevertheless, even a USB microphone will work. However, we definitely prefer XLR Microphones to USB microphones because they come with more recording versatility.
  • Compatibility with an array of audio formats-With good voice recording software, you need to have the ability to record in different formats. These formats range from WAV, MP3, MOV, MP4 to the rarely used WMV formats. Wavepad works with most of them, if not all of them. I tried a handful of audio formats on the free version just to prove it.
What else does Wavepad offer?
  •  A Variety of editing options-   First, it’s important to note that Wavepad is more famous for voice recording than it is for audio editing. The quality of the audio recording is stupendous. However, that’s not all that’s needed when it comes to voice recording software. You also need to edit the audio recording. Editing, in this regard, includes putting effects into the track or removing unwanted parts of the audio. With good voice recording software, you need to have the ability to record in different formats.
  • Single-track audio mixing- For most people, this is the major chink in Wavepad’s glistening armor. Recording from multiple sound sources is an important part of professional voice recording today. However, there’s an easy remedy for this. It works like kryptonite. You just need to download Mixpad for multi-track audio recording. Mixpad works on the same platform. It’s more of a plugin in this regard.
  • Operates on both Windows and Mac- Wavepad is certainly not platform selective.
  • Conversion of mono to stereo and vice-versa– We recommended recording your voice in mono format. It’s easier to master this if you’re an amateur. However, should you feel the pinch to work on stereo voice recording, you can convert it on Wavapad from one form to the other.

Among software voice recorders, Wavepad comes with a clincher that might lack in the rest. This clincher is a clutter-free dashboard. This design aspect makes it one of the easiest to use audio recorders.

Quicktime

For Mac users, this versatile media software is a must-have.

Interestingly, Quicktime is not solely an audio recording interface. It’s more than that. Instead of creating a dedicated voice recording software, Apple Inc decided to go for a whole media package. Aside from voice recording, Quicktime also works well with videos, screen recording,  and still images. The main intention of creating Quicktime, according to the Apple geeks was to provide a one-stop media solution to Mac users. This makes Quicktime a wall-mart od media editing features. It’s quite an ambitious piece of software creation if ever there was one.

Well, all this did work all right, or did it?

We’re about to see that.

Quicktime Features, Pros, and Cons
  • Versatility– Well, this is just a repetition of what we’ve been talking about in the paragraph above. With Quicktime, you get both a voice recording software and a media management suite.  This is a wonderful idea for those who don’t want to bulk their Macs with software.
  • Beginner-friendly interface–  Recording your voice on Quicktime is quite easy. All it takes is to know how to activate the dedicated voice recording features in the software.  There’s a big red button to start recording. However, you must pull down the recording interface from the Recording toolbar to activate the audio recording. Moreover, Quicktime can also be used together with microphones and external voice recorders. Once again, if you are using a Microphone, you would better go for a one with professional quality sound.
  • It comes installed for free on ever Mac– Now, this is quite the clincher. You would be mistaken to think that Quicktime is something you have to get. Surprisingly, it’s the default recording software for Mac. However, you might have to update the software to more recent versions. This is only if you’re using an older Mac. Otherwise, use it as it is.
  • Ability to record multiple sound sources at the same time– Commonly, you will find that most free audio recording software can’t do this. However, Quicktime is quite different. It comes with features for recording musical instruments and the connection of audio synthesizers. This can be used for multi-track audio recording if need be.
Why Quicktime?

More often than not, Macs often have an advantage over PCs when it comes to default software. This is the case with Quicktime. You certainly can’t compare it with what Windows and Linux have to offer in the same field. If not for the abundance of alternative voice recording software for Window’s hardly used voice recorder, we won’t even consider PCs in the same level.

Adobe Audition

Real recording power is found alongside a real branding reputation.

I bet you can easily relate Adobe to a bunch of other media solutions. Well, the same developers who brought you Adobe Premier, Adobe Spark, Lightroom, and other video and image editing solutions also brought you a powerful voice recording and editing software. By powerful, we mean it in every sense that powerful should mean.

All it takes to access Adobe Auditon is to subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This means that it’s not free software in any sense.  For $20.99 a month, you can use Adobe Audition all you want.  The same payment also opens the doors to using Adobe Premier Pro and the rest of the software available on Adobe Creative Cloud. This makes it pale in comparison to the number of software you get. I would highly recommend paying it.

Adobe Audition is essentially a Digital Audio Workstation. A Digital Audio Workstation is more than your normal run in the mill software recorder. For one, it has a wide range of features. So many are they, that we won’t even list half of them. On more than one occasion, I have opened the DAW interface only to find myself staring at a completely new feature. That is not to say that I am any new to using Adobe Audition. I’ve been running a podcast for a while. However, the fact that it keeps surprising me can’t be downplayed.

What makes Adobe Audition powerful?

If we went down the list of features that make Adobe Audition a powerhouse, we would probably run out of writing space. However, the following are worth noticing;

  • Multitrack sound recording- Adobe audition is a comprehensive voice recording software. In terms of quality, it has no alternative. When it comes to multi-track voice recording, you will certainly appreciate the ease of control.
  • Total control over the format and quality of recording- Using Adobe Audition comes with a lot of space for creative expression. It has the largest amount of audio effects and voice tweaking tools. Besides, you can also control the amount of match loudness while recording on the software.
  • Spectral form dashboard for noise isolation- While beginning, I was highly piqued by the wave formations on professional audio recorders. What were they for? What did they do? How did they work? Well, I’ve come to learn all this and more while using Adobe Audition for voice recording. Simply, the spectral dashboard allows you to isolate certain sounds. This makes it easier to focus on certain aspects of your voice by making them louder or lowering them.
  • The Essential Sound platform for easy sound recording- Often, most beginners complain that the user interface on Adobe Audition and other pro recording tools are too complicated for use. Recently, Adobe resolved that by introducing Essential Sound on the Adobe Audition Platform. Essentially, Essential sound allows you to use the same power in an easier way. For instance, the spectral dashboard fades away once you switch into Essential sound. It works by categorizing the audio clips on your dashboard into classes. These classes are either Music, FSX, or Music. Once this is sorted out, each class is edited differently.
  • Noise cancellation and reduction- The best noise reduction features can only be found on premium voice recording software. This is the case with Adobe Audition.
  • Compatibility with both PC and Mac- Adobe audition works on either macOS 10. and above or 64-bit Windows 10. It’s equally effective on both platforms.

Mixcraft

If ever there was a voice recording software that would be hot on the heels of Adobe Audition, it would be Mixcraft. If Adobe Audition would be the Christiano Ronaldo of audio recording and editing, Mixcraft would be the Lionel Messi. The two are nemesis and worthy competitors.

Compared to A.dobe Audition, Mixcraft is the more expensive option.  While Adobe Creative Cloud costs $20.99 per month, Mixcraft comes at a one-off price of $99 for the pro studio version. I’m sorry I said that Mixcraft is the pricier one. If anything, you will end up spending more in the long run while using Adobe Audition because you have to renew the subscription every month. The differences do not end there. It’s only that this is not a Mixcraft vs Adobe Audition article.  If it were, we would go on and on. However, the two are alike when it comes to the comprehensiveness of the whole package

Generally, Mixcraft is not even a dedicated voice recording software. Rather, it’s a complete package that includes a Digital Audio Interface, Pro video editing, and live music features. This feature-packed ensemble works seamlessly when it comes to simple voice recording.

General Mixcraft features
  • Friendly, colorful, and easy to use interface–  When it comes to DAW interfaces that appear friendly, Mixcraft is arguably the best of them all.  Sleek should be a more apt word for this. At face glance, the voice recording interface appears colorful and happy. It looks like a friendlier version of FL studio. That aside, you will notice, upon starting to use, that each feature on the Mixcraft dashboard is relatively easy to access and use.
  • Value for money- We’ve established before, that Mixcraft is an expensive option. If you are looking for a simple, pure voice recorder, you should probably go with Audacity and other free options. This one is for the pros. According to Acoustica, the company behind this DAW, the software comes with over 7500 loops for voice editing. Moreover, it also over $1300 worth of additional plugins. This is just in case you are underwhelmed by the features already in place. Not that you would be underwhelmed at any point.

The software comes with a dizzying array of features. There’s more than enough for voice recording and editing. For the perfectionist, you will be pleased with the audio filters and effects available on Mixcraft. Moreover, the fact that Multi-track recording is one of the software’s major strong points is also worthy of note.

Logic Pro X

Have you ever wondered why most professional music recording studios have Macs as their default computers? Have you?

Well, I did.

People often think that Music studios prefer Macs because they are more powerful than normal PCs. That’s not the real reason. It’s not even close. Were it for power, gaming PCs would have a field day in recording studios. However, they don’t.

Logic Pro X is the real reason.

For most Music producers, Logic Pro X sits upon the Mount Rushmore of voice recording and audio editing. They would swear their musical lives upon this software if they were called to. According to a friend of mine who does all that, it’s the most intuitive, powerful and seamless audio recorder available today.

Why is so common for musical recording?
  • It comes with a large number of loops and effects– If you thought that Mixcraft was the most powerful tool in this regard, you should think otherwise. Logic Pro X has more loops than the 7500 on Mixcraft. In addition, it also comes with an impressive library of fades and cuts. Impressively, Logic also comes with a live loop feature. This makes a lot of sense for music recording.
  • Cutting edge audio editing–  This is where Macs show the real shine. Although the recording and editing interface is a little complicated, the final product of the editing process is admirable.
Why would you use a music recording software for voice recording?

Is placing Logic Pro X on this list a mistake?

Hardly. It’s here because music recording involves active voice recording. On this end, you might as well use it for that one need. If you set aside the instrument tracks and panel for music recording, you have yourself one of the best voice recording software anyone could get.

Although it’s more of a professional tool than anything, it offers enough features for the average voice recording needs. However, beginners will have a steep learning curve should they start their journey with this deep end software.

Winding Thoughts

Voice recording is a pedestal for the existence of any studio. Even if you’re more interested in video production, it would be nice to learn the art of voice recording too. After all, videos are rather drab without quality audio. It would be tantamount to watching a 1920 film.

To get the best quality out of your voice recording software, you have to get an equally good microphone. There’s a dizzying library of microphones for that. Recently, my pal, Matt did a review of the TONOR TC-777 USB Condenser Microphone. It’s one of the best pieces for audio recording. A condenser microphone is rather deep if I should say.  Generally, all you need is a good microphone. Be it an XLR or USB Microphone, just ensure than you have a good microphone to complement the voice recording software.

Stay safe, will you?

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