There are quite a few different types of tape recorder software, so determine the functions you are looking for to narrow down your choices. If you want software that you can use with a physical tape recorder to connect it to your computer, there are specific programs developed for that use. There are also programs that you can download and use to convert signals from a recorder into a digital format on your computer. Other types of tape recorder software have been developed to let you use your computer to make recordings, using a microphone as input.
One common type of tape recorder software that you may need is a program used to connect a device to your computer. If you have a small digital recorder, for example, then you should be able to attach it to your computer to transfer recorded audio from it to your machine. Tape recorder software is typically provided by the manufacturer of the device to perform this task. Using the right program can ensure you are able to do this without complication, so use an install disc provided by the manufacturer or find software on their website that you can download.
If you have a device such as an older tape recorder or a video recorder that you want to use to transfer data onto your computer, then you may need more general software. These devices often lack standard computer connections, but you can typically find cables that allow you to attach them to your computer. You can use tape recorder software to convert the analog data from a physical tape in these machines to digital files on your computer. Look for programs that include features you need such as the ability to make chapter breaks, and consider freeware that you can use without a license.
There are also tape recorder software programs that you can use on your computer to make it function like a digital recorder. You typically need a microphone connected to your computer to use as an input device, though many laptops include one built-in. There are different companies that develop and distribute digital tape recorder software, so look for features and options that you want. Free programs can often give you basic tools for recording audio, but may not provide much in the way of editing tools. If you choose a commercial program that you have to pay for, be sure that it works with your Operating System (OS) and has the features you want.