[Windows] Record any sound you hear from your speakers with Hanso Recorder, including streaming audio, video, and radio stations

Hanso RecorderHave you ever thought of using a sound recorder to record anything that you can virtually hear on your computer? If yes, perhaps you might be interested in checking out this easy to use software called Hanso Recorder. It’s a program that lets you record any audio from pretty much anywhere.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Hanso Recorder is a free sound recorder for Windows that is developed by HansoTools. Its primary function is to let you record your voice using your microphone. It also allows you to capture and record sounds any sound that you would normally hear from your speakers, aka any viable audio sources regardless if it’s from the internet or from your media player. Not only that, this program also features a text-to-speech functionality wherein it uses its naturally sounding voice to read your documents out loud.

Pros

  • Neat and simple UI, easy to use
  • Records basically anything – you can use this software to record your voice, your favorite streaming music, the latest radio shows, your game’s background music, etc. You can even record the songs that you have on your CD and DVD players. Anything that you would normally hear from your speakers is recordable with this program
  • Has an integrated text-to-speech functionality – uses natural voices to read your text files (.txt), also converts your documents into MP3, WMA or WAV format
  • Supports Hotkeys for basic software commands – record, pause, stop, resume, etc.
  • Has a built-in scheduler for recording your favorite radio shows, live broadcasts, etc.
  • You can easily browse and play your previously recorded files via “Archives”

Cons

  • The process for installing the software is quite tricky and in some way, misleading. If you are not careful, you could end up installing a lot of bloatware – toolbars, coupondropdown, etc. Be very careful during installation.
    • VirusTotal has a 2/45 detection for Hanso Recorder and the detections are probably because of this bundled crapware. However, still, proceed at your own risk.
  • The text-to-speech feature can only read .txt files – it doesn’t support files in .doc, .docx or .pdf formats. It also doesn’t read texts from blogs and webpages.
  • Lacks the option for file playback – after recording, you have to play the audio file manually using your preferred music or audio player

Discussion

Hanso Recorder Text-to-SpeechThe Hanso Recorder has good features but you have to be very careful because you might end up installing a few other unnecessary software and adware. This includes the so-called “official online community toolbar” as well as the coupondropdown adware. Here’s a simple tip on how to avoid installing these programs – read carefully before you click “next” or “accept” or “I agree” at any window, and “uncheck” everything that’s not actually related to the sound recorder and click “cancel” whenever at a bloatware screen.

Now when it comes to the Hanso Recorder’s features, you basically get a sound recorder that could record your voice as well as the songs that you’re playing on your media player. You can also record any type of streaming music such as those that you often play on YouTube and SoundCloud. If you have a favorite radio show that you don’t want to miss, just record it. Needless to say, this software has all the essential tools that you need for sound recording. Plus, the audio output’s sound quality is good and you won’t hear a lot of annoying background noises.

What I also like about this software is that it has a user documentation guide. So if you’re not really well-versed with its controls, you can just read its help documentation. Its user guide basically tells everything that you need to know about the program and you will also learn how to properly record the sound that comes from a particular audio source.

In addition, this program also features a reliable text-to-speech tool which reads your documents aloud using its naturally sounding voice. You can also use this tool to convert your text files into audio files. The only downside to this feature is that it only reads documents in .txt format. It doesn’t support other file formats like .pdf, .docx or even .doc.

With this software, you can opt to save your audio output as MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, VOX, AU or AIFF. You can also choose to save your output files on a specific folder. You’re also free to customize the rest of its settings. It’s just that this program doesn’t have the option to automatically play your recorded files. So if you want to hear the output of your recording, you need to go to its Archive. Anyways, the software itself is very easy to use plus it is very stable. So far, I haven’t experienced any problems with it and it’s definitely great for recording songs and live radio broadcasts.

Conclusion and Download Link

The Hanso Recorder is a simple yet very useful sound recorder that you can use on a daily basis. The biggest downside is that it comes bundled with a lot of bloatware during installation (be very careful while installing), but this is something you can live with seeing as you only need to install the program once and then never have to deal with the bloatware again. Overall, if you’re in the market for a useful sound recording tool, better try this program.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.5.0

Supported OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

Download size: 12MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 2/45

Is it portable? No

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44 comments

  1. Frank J

    [@Ashraf]
    I’ve been using version 2.2 and yes the crapware sucks, especially on the newer version. But the rewards are great. I keep it on a flash drive. I set it to open a podcast URL at a specific time on my browser while I’m out having a beer. I can set it to the total time in seconds to record. Its a slight learning curve, but worth it.

  2. JMJ

    [@Dr. Sheldon Cooper] You’re probably right that there is a silent quid pro quo relationship that muddies what should be a straightforward transaction between us and the Developer

    In that regard, for the first time in all my years using eBay (and PayPal), following a simple, small transaction yesterday, I have received five-or-six unsolicited emails to purchase fourth-party goods and services. Two of those emails, ostensibly from eBay and including accurate purchase details, contained “tracking-information-number” buttons that actually took me to travel and magazine-subscription websites! If this unscrupulous seller, who has damaged his relationship, not only with me but with eBay/PayPal, is willing to do so for a couple cents, it’s no great surprise that our Hanso Recorder developer has done similarly. Ain’t the Internet grand? :-)

  3. David Roper

    [@Emrys] I apologize for my fun here. We were just having schoolboy fun.

    Once it was established that the program wanted to install other programs and DLLs unwanted, it was reminded that the Freeware program Audacity did everything and was well behaved and a seasoned program that was best in class.

    A new term was established by several of us as “CL” which stands for Crapware Landmines to warn downloaders that you might wish you had never tried it. A word to the wise.

    Again, I apologize for having our fun and I hope you can find what you are looking for. Normally dotTech is a very serious place to hang out. But, even geeks go overboard sometimes. …and we did.

  4. Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    [@JMJ]

    You can probably do that with all the Hanso Tools. I sent the plugins folder to Virustotal along with
    the Hansorecorder.exe program file and they came up with scores of 2/45 and 1/45, respectively:

    Plugins directory:
    https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/9e853e146b53baed977e668607c11797968bdaac704f46bbe7067c2e0715157b/analysis/1376253555/

    This is the Hansorecorder.exe file which has a 1/45 score. Symantec flagged it:

    https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/e3bdea26c19b88f2a5708a9297087dd0bef15aa7d4ef76c361666bd50cbc6f61/analysis/1376253686/

    Remember that these seem to be the same tools as that found on foxmediatools.com. The owner of Hanso also appears to be running off the same IP server as dailyads.org, so be mindful that there may be a quid pro quo relationship of some sort.

    If Kent the reviewer has been monitoring the responses here, I would be interested in his comments.

    I sometimes wonder if all these free audio/visual tools are developed by the same central author who then distributes them under different wrappers so that the adware developers can make a few bucks.

  5. Seamus McSeamus

    [@JMJ]
    I’m cooking some shrimp on the barbie, having a XXXX and listening to Jimmy Barnes as I type.

    Oh, and dibs on being an English Bulldog. They look cool, and have the ‘tude to go with it. The Hell’s Angels of the canine world.

  6. JMJ

    @Dr. Sheldon Cooper – Your suggestion, which I had not tried, worked. After deleting the Plugins Folder, I monitored the successful execution of the extracted file, Hanso Recorder.exe, and nothing was downloaded or added to the Registry or Disk. Thanks for the suggestion!

    @Seamus McSeamus – No problems, mate. We almost-coulda-been-Aussie-Americans have to stick together. Oi Oi Oi.

    BTW, do you think that “Alpo” comment implies we are canines? If so, I have dibs on being a German Shepherd.

    @David Roper – “You all” , “yall” or (only if you own a boat) “yawl” are correct. However, the only correct abbreviation for “you will all” is “you’ll’ll”. I majored in Special Math and minored in Anglish during my studies at State, so you can rely on my expertise.

  7. David Roper

    [@Seamus McSeamus] I asked my wife if I had any money to send y’all but she simply said something about your heritage that I didn’t understand… I do remember Alpo in the sentence.???

    She said we didn’t have any money to pay you and that the men in the white coats at the last hospital that I was at took it all from under my bed.

    I think I figured it all out and you’ll all be happy. The Sheik of IveGottunRich said I was to receive $2,000,000 dollars as soon as he has my routing numbers from my checks. Seems easy to do and then I’ll be rich enough to send you both $11teenthousand in gold and have some left. It must all be true because I read it on the Interstate, er, I mean the Internet.

  8. Seamus McSeamus

    [@JMJ]

    My thanks for jumping in to protect my legal rights in my absence. I prefer to have my share of the Eleventeen Thousand paid in gold and silver, although Bitcoins would be acceptable as an alternative; at a slightly higher percentage in my favor, of course. ;)

  9. Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    [@JMJ]

    JMJ – did you try to extract and delete the plugins directory first and just run the program as a portable? I would think that would get rid of the install unless the hansorecorder exe program file has some coding itself that opens a port for more goodies to be installed.

  10. JMJ

    [@David Roper] You told your WIFE??? :-0

    You know they’re too smart to fall for… I mean, to understand my offer. Now, instead of using my own boat when you and I go shrimping, I’ll have to rent one. Thanks a lot!!!

    Eleventeen Thousand = Exactly how much you have in liquid assets… that are NOT co-owned by your overly cautious Wife, thank you. You seem like an honest guy, so I’ll accept your check.

    And, yes: it is a real amount that most schools, public or private, do not teach. However, most States have several institutions like the ones I…. ummm… attended where you can learn this special math. Of course, you can only be admitted upon the special recommendation of a Judge.

    Not to be rude or elitist or anything but I’ll bet your lovely Wary Wife never got such a special referral.

  11. David Roper

    [@JMJ] i read this diatribe of begging for money to my wife and I cannot put into words what she said to me about it all. Then, she said something about my not listening to her – or something like that.

    Anyway, I am intrigued by the amount “Eleventeen” and I was wondering if you would educate us all what that looks like before I send you the money. Is this a real amount that I didn’t learn about in public school?

  12. JMJ

    [@David Roper] For the usual 30% contingency fee, I have appointed myself Seamus McSeamus’ legal counsel and, in that capacity, must caution you that my unbeknownst-to-him Client has copyright protections on that phrase. He is prepared (or will be coerced by me) to license its use in unaltered form (subject to my fee being pre-paid in Bitcoins) for the sum of US$347.45 per use and/or US$222.37 for use in the abbreviated form, “CL”. Site-wide licenses are available for only Eleventeen Thousand USD per year. Ashraf, please contact me for multi-year rates.

    Please respect Intellectual Property rights and my need to raise some quick cash by not infringing this unique, hard-thought-out creative tour de force or I will Apple-Samsung the hell out of you.

    Sincerely yours, blah-blah-blah, yada-yada….

    Note below: Please don’t tell Seamus.

  13. David Roper

    [@Geo]
    Crapware Landmines is officially the term for software that inserts other unwanted software upon installation.

    CL is its abbreviation.

    JMJ, Seamus McSeamus, and I agreed to coin the term on August 10th 2013.

    Please feel free to begin using it whenever you need to. It’s easier for us. We three will understand and now you and Ashraf will too. That makes 5. It’s a brave new world. No, wait…!!

  14. David Roper

    [@Dr. Sheldon Cooper] Sheldon, you make a valid point about a dll recording and reporting habits…being freeware. I never thought of that.

    i hate to think our PC community has gone to spying on us in using a secret DLL. The next thing you know the govt will being doing the same thing.
    …Oh wait !!

  15. JMJ

    [@David Roper] Glad you’re with us and okay again, though I suspect that., like for me, “normal” may be pushing it. :-)

    I don’t drink either but do golf a bit. Most times shoot about a 58-62… for nine holes. :( I travel quite a bit, so, the next time I’m nearby, perhaps we’ll not drink or play golf. Really glad you’re better.

  16. David Roper

    [@JMJ] I am the original white Nerd (KNurd, actually, drunk spelled backwards) living retired in SC in a sleepy little town called Blythewood of 7,000 population.

    Don’t golf or even drink alcohol anymore.
    I’ll be glad to make YOU a drink however if we ever meet. Just happy to be alive and know about computers (retired MIS/IT hospital director). Look up NPH on Google and know that I had the drain put in OCt 2012 and am “normal” again. Life is good. Love DotTech for a hobby.

  17. JMJ

    [@David Roper] That was a joke especially for Seamus McSeamus whom I had mistaken for an Australian some time ago.

    Seventy, huh? The Constitution says you’re to move to Florida and golf 24/7 when you turn 65. Anyway and any color, nice to meet a landsman. :-)

  18. JMJ

    This is a particularly nasty bit of CL or did I miss something? It *appears* that the initial YES during install irrevocably gives permission for the installation of this:

    Name: CouponDropDown Plugin
    Publisher: (Not verified) Innovative Apps
    File: CouponDropDown Plugin-bho.dll
    Folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\CouponDropDown Plugin\CouponDropDown Plugin-codedownloader.exe

    INSTALLATION TOTALS:
    Legit Hanso : Registry = 142 Files= 16
    Bogus CL: Registry = 69 ; Files = 13 Can be uninstalled separately.

  19. David Roper

    [@JMJ] I don’t know. I’m an old white guy 70 from SC in the states.
    I just like what our friend Seamus called it. It’s so fitting. We can allow DOTTECH and Ashraf to coin the phrase if he will.

    We’re all in this FREEWARE mess together.

  20. Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    Note to Kent –

    Hanso Tools has the same IP address as a site called dailyads.org.

    Look at the IP addresses and the shared column:

    http://dns.robtex.com/hansotools.com.html#shared
    http://dns.robtex.com/www.dailyads.org.html#shared

    Now read the comments about dailyads.org:

    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/dailyads.org?src=addon-warn-viewsc

    It also shares an IP address with Foxmediatools.com. Do the programs seem a bit similar?

    http://www.foxmediatools.com/

    There’s a reason some programs are given away for free. That’s why everyone who likes to install freeware has got to get used to using good uninstallers that monitor the file and registry changes. There’s also no way of telling if these programs install a dll file that opens a port on one’s computer every so often to report back browsing habits.

  21. David Roper

    Reinhard almost gave me hope for installing it, but then I thought to myself, why do I have to jump through all these hoops? There are plenty of other Grabbers without the crapware riding along in the car.

    I will pass.

  22. Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    [@leland]

    Am I missing something or do both Mymp3mymp3 and the Hanso Recorder lack the most important tool which is editing the file after recording. Mymp3
    also includes the itdownload.dll file in its setup package. While not necessarily a malicious file, it probably asks to download a toolbar of some sort:

    https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/b258c4d7d2113dee2168ed7e35568c8e03341e24e3eafc7a22a0d62e32122ef3/analysis/1376171949/

    As long as you run these programs after extracting the adware and other unwanted files, they can be used in conjunction with a decent mp3 editor like Mp3directcut which also records from the soundcard.

    http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html

    My favorite piece of recording software for the PC and the one I still consider the best (although Audacity is great as a freeware program) is unfortunately a payware program called Total Recorder from High Criteria.

    http://www.totalrecorder.com/index.htm

    If they ever offer a discount on the professional edition, it would be worth it to buy. I can’t remember them ever offering an old version for free.

  23. Reinhard Doberstein

    How do you install the Hanso Recorder without the bloatware? Tried to install but second step says if you press “Next” you agree to the bloatware. You only have three choices, Back, Next or Cancel.