Making a .MP3 recording of your voice for e-mail.

If you were to make a recording of your voice with the "Windows Sound Recorder"
that was 60 seconds long and save it, it would be 1.26 mb .wav in size. But you can
reduce this to only 117 kb if you made it a .mp3 file instead. Here's how to do it.

Open sound Recorder by going to Start/Programs/Accessories/Entertainment for (Windows 98)
Open sound Recorder by going to Start/Programs/Accessories/Multimedia for (Windows 95)

Press the "Record button" to start the recorder

As you're speaking into the microphone your sound recorder should have a voice pattern
showing in green as below, if you're not getting this then your sound recorder isn't working.

See note below if you're not getting a recording!
Click here for note

After you're done press the "Stop button"
To hear your recording press the "Play button"
It's important for you to play this file first if this is your first time because you may have
a bad recording like a very low sound level. If it's bad then go no further until it's fixed.

Next Click "File/Save As from the menu

A Save As window opens as below, I have mine to save on the "Desktop"

Next click the "Change button".

Another window opens as seen below.

For "Format" click the "Drop down button" and slect "MPEG Layer-3"

For "Attributes" click the "Drop down button" and select
16 kBits/s, 12,000 Hz Mono 2KB/s....or you can try another attribute.

This next step is so you don't have to repeat some of the above steps next time you want
to make a recording. So looking at the last picture you may want to click the "Save As... button"
and you can save all these settings for the next time.

This window comes up and I have named mine "Convert to MP3". Click OK.

Now you should have this as show below.

Click OK

You now have this window where you give your sound file a name.
I have named mine "myvoice.mp3". You must give the file name a .mp3 extension

Click Save and you see the conversion of the file to a .mp3

You now have a .mp3 file of your voice on your "Desktop"
and it should look like this.

Well you did it! Now you want to send it in e-mail.

To send in OE e-mail: Insert the mp3 file as you insert other sounds from the Format, Background, Sound menu with one small difference... The myvoice.mp3 file will not show up in the browse box, even when you are at the correct location on your hard disk. Note: Windows ME seems to have gotten over this ridiculous lack of mp3 support and this will not apply to Windows ME users. If you saved the file on your "Desktop", then browse to "Desktop" and type in the name of the file, myvoice.mp3. Press the OK button to hear your voice in the message.

If you are sending this sound file to someone who doesn't use Microsoft Outlook Express then send it as an attachment


You may have a very good sound card for playing sounds but one that's not designed very well to record, so if you're not getting a recording chances are you will need to get an "Amplifier" for your microphone. I have found that this one below will fix this problem. I use it myself!

Now after seeing this and you would like to send a voice mail an easier way you can get a program to do this for you.  Both will record your voice so you can send them as attachments.  The person receiving the voice mail doesn't need special software to hear them, just the Windows Media Player.
HandyBits Voice Mail
StepVoice Recorder


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