How to Record With Realtek HD Audio Manager

by Michael Butler

The Realtek HD Audio Manager is a driver that handles sound playback and recording on many Windows computers. The program has several features, such as equalizers and environmental effects that you can configure for optimal playback. Recording with Realtek HD Audio Manager requires configuring the settings to indicate how you want to record.

Step 1

Plug a microphone into your computer's audio input or microphone jack.

Step 2

Right-click on the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon in the system tray. Select "Sound Manager."

Step 3

Click "Microphone." Adjust the "Recording Volume" slider as you wish.

Step 4

Click "Noise Suppression" to cancel out background noise. Click "Acoustic Echo Cancellation" to prevent whatever you're recording from playing back through your speakers and being picked up by a microphone. These two settings are optional.

Step 5

Select the "Default Format" tab. Select a sample rate and bit rate from the drop-down menu.

Step 6

Click "OK" to close the audio manager.

Step 7

Right-click on the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon again. Select "Sound Recorder."

Step 8

Press the "Start Recording" button to start recording. Press "Stop Recording" to stop or pause. A pop-up window will ask where you want to save the recording. Navigate to an appropriate folder on your hard drive, then press "Save" if you're finished recording. Otherwise, click "Cancel." Press "Resume Recording" when you want to start recording again.

About the Author

A professional writer, Michael Butler has been writing Web content since 2010. Butler brings expertise in legal and computer issues to his how-to articles. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Washburn University. Butler also has a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.