Voice memos and audio recording has been widely accessible for a long time, and any smartphone will have an easy-to-use voice memo feature. But if you use your audio recorder often, you know all too well how much storage space they can take up on your phone.

That’s why online voice recorders are a great alternative for people who use voice memos regularly. Using the Kapwing Studio, you can record audio on your phone, computer, or tablet, add to voice memos you already made, trim your recordings, save them to your device, create transcripts from them, and store them online to access on any device. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Open the Kapwing Studio
  2. Record your audio
  3. Optional: trim, edit, or create captions
  4. Export and save

1. Open the Kapwing Studio

A screenshot of the Kapwing upload screen.

Whether you’re on your phone, computer, tablet, or even a browser-enabled car, you can access Kapwing’s Audio & Video Recorder. Just open any browser and go to Kapwing.com. Select the Start Editing button and you’ll be taken directly to the Studio, where you can start your recording.

2. Record Your Audio

Once you’re in the Studio, you’re ready to start your voice recording, but you do it differently on your phone and computer – I’ll start with the computer. Select the Record button in the upper right and choose “Record Audio Only.” This will allow you to choose your preferred microphone input before starting your recording. When you’ve selected the input you want to use, press the red record button to start your recording, then again to stop it. Once you’ve stopped your recording, it will immediately upload to the Studio canvas where you can make any edits you need.

Screenshots showing how to record audio in the Kapwing Studio.

On a phone, enter the Studio the same way and tap the Upload button. Here, select “take photo or video” and record a video. Initially this will be uploaded as a video, but you can export and save it as an MP3 audio recording file.

3. Optional: Trim, Edit, or Create Captions

Once your voice recording is uploaded to the Studio, you can make any edits you need. In the timeline at the bottom of the Studio, drag the ends of your clip to trim it, or use the Split Clip button to cut it into multiple parts that you can trim, delete, and move. If your audio is too loud at one point or another, split your recording to make that portion a separate clip, then use the volume slider to reduce its volume.

A screenshot showing how to trim audio clips, split them, adjust their volume, and add captions to them.

To allow for optimal accessibility and flexibility, you can also add captions to your voice recording or even translate it to another language. When your recording is uploaded to the Studio, select Subtitles from the top toolbar. Scroll down, select Auto-Generate, choose the options you want for your captions, and wait while Kapwing generates your text.

4. Export and Save

When your audio recording is all done, press the arrow next to the red Export button – in this dropdown menu, select “Export as MP3.” Give Kapwing a minute or two to process your recording – longer files will take more time to export.

A screenshot showing how to export audio recordings as MP3 files.

When it’s done processing, you have a few different options. If you sign into Kapwing using your Google or Facebook account, you get free cloud storage for all your recordings, but it only keeps all your files together for 2 days with a free account (a Kapwing Pro account lets you keep all your files in the cloud forever).

That being said, you can still use Kapwing to store every one of your recordings for free – as long as you’re signed into a Kapwing account, just keep the link to the download page and you can access it in your browser as long as you would like. This is a great option if you create voice recordings frequently, since a list of links takes up a lot less storage space than hours and hours of audio.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

If you’d prefer to keep your recordings saved on your device, just click the Download button and your MP3 file will be downloaded straight to your files.

I hope this article helps you create, store, and use voice recordings with a convenient online alternative! For more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel, or read up on other online audio editing techniques right here:

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