This brilliant little audio recorder is a gem of a piece of software and is completely free for non-commercial users.
SoundTap Audio Recorder is a tool that lets you freely record just about any audio played through your Windows computer into mp3 or wav files. Put simply, if it’s a sound you can hear through your speakers, SoundTap can record it for you.
Installing SoundTap means you can record streaming radio, music, VoIP calls such as Skype, conference calls, and even game audio and verbal chats with your mates.
And it’s all completely free for non-commercial users
The software is quick to install and is lightweight on system resources. It also comes with its own audio player for quick playback access. (The audio player on its own would be a pretty decent piece of stand-alone software)
As well as that, it’s clear that some thought has gone into making the interface fast and easy to use.
SoundTap can also be turned on or off at will, with the click of a button, so it only records what you want and when you want it to. The option to either include the computer’s microphone line or not, is a nice touch.
SoundTap can also link directly to the WavePad Sound Editor Software and Switch MP3 File Converter, making editing of audio files much easier than might otherwise be the case.
But how does it work?
SoundTap works by using a nifty ‘virtual’ driver directly within the kernel of your computer’s sound hardware to capture digital quality audio. It does not matter how loud your speakers are, or if you are wearing headphones as it records directly through your Windows and hardware. Again, if you can hear it through your speakers, SoundTap can record it.
High. Very high. While some users have reported that there are occasional issues such as crackles and pops, in almost six months of using SoundTap (non-professionally) is not something I’ve ever experienced.
No, not for free software.
For Free software it’s practically unbeatable, and the same can be said of the licensed edition as well. That said however, pro-users could understandably be a bit peeved that there is no in-built simple editor to cut off noise at the start or end of recordings or for getting rid of unwanted parts of recordings.
Overall though, as other reviewers on other sites have frequently said in the past there are other other options out there for professional users, but why would you bother when you can use this.