Pros / It offers more recording, ripping and burning options than any other program we reviewed.
Cons / It has extremely limited file format compatibility.
Verdict / RecordPad misses the mark on file format compatibility but has outstanding performance and functionality otherwise.
RecordPad is from NCH Software, a leader in business audio technology. This voice recording software is part of a much larger range of digital audio applications designed for a multitude of software and hardware platforms. It is a standalone recording tool that supports audio feeds from multiple channels. To fully utilize its voice recording capabilities, NCH Software has developed other audio applications to complement RecordPad.
The audio recording software can support audio feed/input from all sources if you use the application default settings and the “loop cable” method. Whether you just want to use a microphone to record your voice, or you want to capture audio via a line-in device, internet streaming or audio playback from the computer, this software can handle it.
RecordPad has the most impressive array of options for recording, ripping or burning audio of any application in our comparison. It allows you to set a record timer for a future recording, where you can specify things like a recording’s starting point and duration. The voice-activated recording function is handy as it helps reduce or eliminate lengthy silences and even save space on your hard drive.
Analog and digital ripping are supported, though with slightly limited functionality as RecordPad is a standalone recording application. Plugins are required to perform editing, conversion and burning functions.
You have access to myriad filters and effects that you can apply to your recorded audio files, including reverberation, pitch shifting, noise reduction, fades, equalizing, pop and click removal, and file compression. You can easily add and edit metadata and insert or remove a silence.
The one major shortfall of the program is its lack of compatibility with various file formats. It is limited to MP3, WAV and FLAC formats, whereas others, like BlazeMediaPro, are compatible with many more formats, including WMA, MIDI, M4A and AAC. However, if you know you’re not going to work with those formats, then this isn’t a problem.
The software has a customizable interface and a large variety of options you can customize to make the program better serve your needs. It even has a bookmark function which allows you to mark places within an audio file for easy reference in the future. RecordPad is easy to use and available for all recent versions of Windows and Mac OS X.
Besides the bundled help files, NCH Software’s website features email and phone support, as well as other indirect informational resources such as a community user forum, a FAQs section and update support. From our tests, we were impressed by the software’s abilities and performance, as well as the customer service, especially considering it’s the least costly application in our comparison – besides Audacity, which is free.
The RecordPad program offers the most record, rip and burn options, as well as the widest input source options of any program in our lineup. And even though it lacks a few audio editing options and only has limited file format compatibility, the program is solid overall and rather easy to use.