Total Recorder Version History

Below you will find information about the new features introduced in each of the Total Recorder versions for the Standard, Professional and VideoPro Editions.

To learn more about the features of a particular edition, refer to the Standard Edition, the Professional Edition or the VideoPro Edition page. You can use the Feature Comparison Chart to compare the features of the different editions.

You can read the overview page for general information about Total Recorder Developer Edition.

Total Recorder supports add-on programs. For more information about the latest versions of Total Recorder Add-ons, see this page.



1. The Professional Edition of Total Recorder includes all of the features of the Standard Edition. Only advanced features introduced specifically for the Professional Edition are listed in the Professional Edition column.

2. Beginning with Total Recorder 8.0, Total Recorder VideoPro Edition has been introduced that has all of the features of Total Recorder Professional Edition with the Video Add-on. The VideoPro Edition of Total Recorder includes all of the features of the Professional Edition. Only advanced features introduced specifically for the VideoPro Edition are listed in the VideoPro Edition column.


Version History

Standard Edition Professional Edition (1) VideoPro Edition (2)
Version 8.6 (released on October 27, 2015)
  • Total Recorder is compatible with Windows 10 now.
  • Other minor enhancements.
Version 8.5 (released on October 17, 2013)
  • Total Recorder is compatible with Windows 8.1 now.
  • Other minor enhancements.
Version 8.4 (released on October 17, 2012)
  • Total Recorder is compatible with Windows 8 now.
  • Ability to specify whether Total Recorder should execute scheduled jobs in a minimized or normal window.
  • Monkey's Audio (APE) support libraries updated to the latest version (version 4.11).
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • In addition to normalization of a full file, now it is possible to normalize a selection.
  • Ability to edit recent URL list.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Minor enhancements.
Version 8.3 (released on July 15, 2011)
  • Support for MPEG-4 and 3GP files (*.mp4, *.m4a, *.3gpp, *.3gp, *.3g2, *.3gp2) with AAC audio streams (Windows 7 only).
  • Support for playback of MOV (Apple QuickTime) files with AAC audio streams (Windows 7 only).
  • The following tag fields are now supported for all types of files: "Album Artist", "ISRC", and "beats per minute".
  • Optionally, add the recording's start time to the file tag.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • You can use batch processing to change the audio speed in files.
  • If the recording's start time is added to the file tag then you can display the time that a particular position in a recording was recorded.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Support of MPEG-4 and 3GP video files (*.mp4, *.m4a, *.m4v, *.mp4v, *.3gpp, *.3gp, *.3g2, *.3gp2) with AAC audio streams and AVC/H.264 or MPEG-4 part 2 video streams (Windows 7 only).
  • Support for playback of MOV (Apple QuickTime) video files with AAC audio streams and AVC/H.264 or MPEG-4 part 2 video streams (Windows 7 only).
  • Other minor enhancements.
Version 8.2 (released on October 17, 2010)
  • You can schedule jobs on multiple days of the week.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • The new free-of-charge Streaming Add-on allows you to transfer an audio being played back or captured by Total Recorder over a local network or the Internet in real time.
  • You can listen to audio being captured from a sound board.
  • The Send to iTunes/iPod Add-on allows you to set the "Store position" and "Exclude from shuffle" options when sending files to iTunes/iPod.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Now you can copy the current frame to the Clipboard.
  • A range of video streams in FLV files supported by Total Recorder became wider.
  • Other minor enhancements.
Version 8.1 (released on March 5, 2010)
  • You can adjust the playing volume and recording level using hot keys.
  • The recording state is displayed on Total Recorder's icon in the Task Bar or System Tray.
  • A new command line parameter supports the "Jump to time" feature.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • In addition to the number of minutes, you can now specify the number of seconds when splitting a file based on time.
  • When using "Pause Reduction", you can specify the duration of preserved pauses after the reduction.
  • The batch processing feature has been extended as follows:

    • Presets for your batch processing parameters can be saved and later reused.
    • Pause reduction is supported.
    • Batch processing of a folder or a list of files can be launched through the command line.
  • Improved time calculation during the background recording of VBR MP3 streams.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Support for multiple monitors. You can do the following:

    • Specify the monitor to be used when playing video in full-screen mode.
    • Specify the monitor from which a window or region will be captured.
  • Ability to perform background recording of FLV streams transmitted using HTTP.
  • Total Recorder can work with a wider range of audio streams in FLV files.
  • Other minor enhancements.
Version 8.0 (released on October 27, 2009)
  • A new kernel-mode filter driver is introduced. This new driver simplifies the settings for recording in software mode and resolves some of the problems with older types of Total Recorder drivers.
  • Improvements to the user interface include the following:

    • A new skin engine. One default skin is supplied, which you can choose to use for many of the Total Recorder windows.
    • Total Recorder's main window has been redesigned, and it can now be resized.
    • The "Recording source and parameters" dialog and dialog for format selection, are restructured.
    • Many other improvements.
  • Support for audio files in Monkey's Audio (APE) format.
  • Ability to specify a pre-defined recording level for recording from a sound board. This level is automatically set when a recording starts and the original level is restored when the recording completes.
  • Enhancements to playlist operations include the ability to find duplicates in a playlist and to sort playlist items based on their track numbers.
  • After a system re-boot, Total Recorder’s scheduler now looks for jobs that missed their start time or were executing, and launches them.
  • Artwork is stored in Ogg Vorbis files based on official specifications
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Total Recorder can now be set as the default system program for certain types of files.
  • Total Recorder can save an audio file with a different speed than the speed with which it was recorded.
  • An audio file can be converted to another format when saving based on split conditions or when saving tracks into separate files. You can also set the destination folder to be the same as the source folder during these save operations.
  • Improved background-recording functionality:

    • If a reference URL contains alternative links, Total Recorder will try to use another link when one link does not work.
    • In the case of network problems during a scheduled background recording, Total Recorder can try to reconnect to the specified URL.
  • In addition to the Sound Image Panel and the Sound Image Window, a new Ruler Panel can be used to position within a sound file.
  • Many other minor enhancements.
  • Total Recorder now supports video files in FLV (flash video) format.
  • The separate video window has been eliminated. Video information is now displayed in a Video panel, with an option to display it in full screen.
  • When viewing video in full screen, you can use a pop-up control panel.
  • Other minor enhancements.
Version 7.1 build 3540 (released on Mach 5, 2009)
  • Total Recorder is compatible with Windows 7 Beta (32-bit and 64-bit) now.
  • The error preventing the Scheduler service from correct work is eliminated (getting message "The Scheduler service is not properly configured. Do you want to restore it?" at launching the Scheduler).
  • Other minor errors are fixed.
Version 7.1 build 3400 (released on October 23, 2008)
  • Windows Vista 64-bit is fully supported with the introduction of the 64-bit version of Total Recorder's kernel mode driver.
  • The user interface for working with tags has been redesigned. Support for tags has also been extended with the following enhancements:

    • Support for artwork in tags.
    • Total Recorder can read ID3v2 tags for all versions (version 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4).
  • Ability to play multichannel audio files in stereo, provided that an appropriate audio codec is installed.
  • Statistics, including the total duration and the total size for selected files in a playlist, are now available.
  • Minor enhancements for the built-in scheduler, including the following:

    • Tooltips have been added to the list of scheduled jobs so that the main characteristics of each job can be displayed without opening additional dialog boxes.
    • The restriction where you could not schedule more than one job at the same time has been removed.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Favorites are now supported by Total Recorder. Similar to the favorites you use in a browser, such as Internet Explorer, you can do the following:

    • Add a file, playlist, or URL to your Favorites list.
    • Open an item from your Favorites list in Total Recorder.
    • Import and export favorites.
    • Maintain a history of favorites.
  • Play an audio file or a video file at a slower or faster speed than normal while optionally preserving the original tone.
  • The process and the ability to capture a URL for background recording have been enhanced.
  • New buttons have been added to the toolbar on the Sound Image panel.
  • Many other enhancements.
Version 7.0 (released on April 18, 2008)
    A new kernel-mode driver is introduced, which provides the following:
    -  Full support for Windows Vista 32-bit.
    -  Elimination of sound distortion when recording sound from applications that use DirectSound, such as Skype 3.x.
    Total Recorder can still be used with the old driver, referred to as Total Recorder's user-mode driver.  When you install Total Recorder,  you can choose which drivers to install, and then specify which driver will be used by Total Recorder.
  • Ability to export and import Total Recorder's configuration settings and scheduled jobs. This is useful if you need to reinstall your system, move Total Recorder from one computer to another, or as a backup.
  • Tags for RIFF files are supported. This allows you to work with tags for WAV files, for example, in the same manner as MP3 files.
  • You can rename files from a playlist using tag information.
  • Use of the latest version of FLAC sources, resulting in higher speeds and better compression when encoding to FLAC format.
  • Support for clear-type fonts and Windows XP visual styles.
  • Current clip info is displayed in Total Recorder's main window.
  • Ability to automatically start playing a file when you open the file.
  • Improvements when working with playlists. For example, you can use drag-and-drop to move files in playlists.
  • Total Recorder's help is now in .chm format.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Ability to background record (i.e. capture) Internet broadcasts in MP3, WMA, and Ogg Vorbis formats. This feature allows you to do the following:

    • Record Internet broadcasts in their original format without decoding and re-encoding.
    • Record without using an external player.
    • Extract track information from a stream.
    You can also play back an Internet broadcast.
  • Use the unique time-shift feature which enables you to listen to recorded sound while a recording is being made. While listening, you can move anywhere within the recorded part of the sound stream and start playback. This feature is available for both ordinary recordings and when background recording Internet streams.
  • Cue-sheet files are now supported by Total Recorder. Cue points can be created as follows:

    • Manually, to make a bookmark in a sound file.
    • Automatically during a recording session based on pause reduction, changes of clip info in an external player, etc.
    • Automatically when capturing an Internet transmission and the information about a track changes.
    A file can be split at any time using cue points.
  • Sequential numbers can be assigned to tracks while recording in split mode.
  • If a scheduled job is running and your computer is about to shut down, hibernate, or be put into stand-by mode, you can cancel any type of shut-down process.
  • The features of saving a file based on split conditions and the manual splitting of files have been redesigned.
  • Many other enhancements.
Version 6.1 (released on December 6, 2006)
  • Total Recorder now supports playlists in M3U, PLS, and WPL format.
  • A scheduled job can be started while your computer is in standby or hibernate mode.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • The new Video Add-on allows you to play, record, and edit video files in AVI format. You can record from a video device plugged into your computer, such as a camera, or you can capture video from your screen.
  • Total Recorder can execute a command line after a file has been recorded or after a recording session has completed. This feature is available when recording in split mode and for a scheduling recording.
  • In addition to the ability to shut down your computer when an automatic job completes, you can now have your computer put in standby or hibernate mode.
  • Ability to save a stereo file as a mono file with channel mixing. This can be used, for example, to save the left and right channels of a stereo file to separate mono files.
  • Total Recorder can merge multiple files into a single file. A period of silence can be inserted between the files or a fading effect can be applied to the files during a merge.
  • You can use batch processing to split a number of files.
  • You can select whether you want a file permanently deleted or moved to the Recycle Bin when you delete the file.
  • Many other enhancements.
Version 6.0 (released on May 12, 2006)
  • Total Recorder now supports the use of skins to customize the look and feel of the interface. Besides the skins distributed with Total Recorder, you can use a free-of-charge skin editor to develop your own skins.
  • Total Recorder's driver is enhanced in many ways. Some of these enhancements are:
    • Support for multiple sound streams. This allows you, for example, to launch several scheduled recordings at the same time.
    • Resolved issues with the compatibility of some sound-board mixers.
    • Settings that allow you to control the driver's behavior based on the sound applications you use.
  • “Monitoring mode” allows you to monitor sound signals passed through Total Recorder when it is not recording. You can preview the sound levels before you begin an actual recording.
  • You can display information, including the activity, for all your sound applications that use the Total Recorder driver. For example, you can display the format used by an application for playback.
  • Ogg Vorbis is now supported through a free-of-charge “Ogg Vorbis Support Add-on”. This add-on is built based on the latest Ogg Vorbis engine. You can still work with Ogg Vorbis using the vorbishc.dll file as before.
  • The “Recording Wizard” allows users to easily specify their settings for recording. The wizard can also help you resolve some problems you may experience.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • You can use the new free-of-charge Send to iTunes/iPod Add-on. This add-on allows you to send files directly to iTunes/iPod. You can manually send files, or Total Recorder can send the files automatically while recording in Split mode or as part of a scheduled recording.
  • The sound image window has been greatly improved. Some of the improvements include the following:

    • Ability to change the horizontal (time) scale of a sound image. This allows you to edit sound with the most accuracy.
    • Ability to change the vertical (amplitude) scale of a sound image to the extent that separate samples can be viewed.
    • A sound image can be displayed in either amplitude form (as in previous versions of Total Recorder) or in wave form (as in many sound editors).
  • Additional options are available when recording in split mode.
  • If you use the scheduler to record Internet transmissions, you can specify a time when Total Recorder will establish an Internet connection and then wait until the scheduled recording starts.
  • Ability to insert a portion of silence into a sound file.
  • Many other enhancements.
Version 5.3 (released on October 13, 2005)
  • Ability to restore Total Recorder’s default configuration and recording parameters.

  • The real speed of accelerated recording is displayed.
  • Other minor enhancements.

  • High quality formats are now supported. This includes high quality PCM formats (up to 192kHz 24bit and float mono and stereo), high-quality FLAC formats (up to 192kHz 24bit mono and stereo), high-quality Windows Media Audio Lossless stereo formats (up to 96kHz 24bit), and the stereo formats of Windows Media Audio Professional codec.
  • You can use the new free-of charge Digital Mixer Add-on. This add-on allows you to mix a recording with another file or the contents of the Clipboard, record in mix-over mode (to add comments, for example), perform mixed software and sound board recording, and to save mixed sound streams separately.
  • File name generation rules can now include the week number, job comments, or the day-of week name.
  • A new plug-in for capturing clip information from Windows Media Player is available, and has advantages over the older visualization plug-in. The plug-in can capture clip information while the Windows Media Player window is not in a normal state (e.g. playing video clips in full screen mode).
  • The Sound image window has been improved with additional controls, buttons, and displays.
Version 5.2 (released on May 24, 2005)
  • Total Recorder now supports FLAC format.
  • Ability to automatically adjust the recording level to set the optimal level.
  • When normalizing a file, the loudest periods can be excluded. This can be helpful, for example, if you have a recording containing random peaks.
  • On the “Recording source and parameters” dialog, you can now specify an input device for different recordings. This allows you to use different input devices for different scheduled jobs.
  • You can copy tag information from one file to another by using tags stored in an existing sound file to fill in the tag fields.
  • The “Options”-“Settings” dialog is redesigned.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • A pause reduction feature has been added. This feature reduces the lengths of pauses which are often present, for example, between Internet radio programs. The pause reduction feature can be used both during a recording and for an existing recording. Pause reduction can also be used in conjunction with split mode.
Version 5.1 (released on February 14, 2005)
  • Customization of the user interface lets you show Total Recorder in the System Tray, use Always on Top mode, and set up different views (Compact, Full, or Customized).
  • Global hotkeys can be set up and used for various functions within Total Recorder regardless of whether it is running in the background, the foreground, or it is minimized.
    Multimedia keyboard keys can be used for global hotkeys and shortcuts.
  • A drag-and-drop feature lets you open a sound file by dragging the file from Windows Explorer and dropping it onto Total Recorder’s main window.
  • Presets can be used to store settings for your recording source and parameters. This allows you to quickly set the recording source and parameters as required.
  • Total Recorder's scheduler is redesigned. The “Schedule item” dialog has been split into three tabs.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Ability to display and work with a sound image in a separate window. For example, you can change the size and scale of a sound image.
  • During a scheduled job, Total Recorder can automatically reconnect to an Internet transmission or restart a program when problems arise, such as the failure of a connection.
  • A scheduled recording can be muted. This is useful when a recording is scheduled in the middle of the night and you do not want to be disturbed.
  • Generation rules can be used for some file tag fields, such as the Comment field.
Version 5.0 (released on October 26, 2004)
  • Support for Total Recorder add-on programs. Add-ons can be applied while playing, recording, or saving a sound file. They can be used to transform sound streams (e.g. apply equalizer settings or remove noise) or to monitor them (e.g. display results of spectrum analysis).
  • New options for normalization. Now you can remove the DC offset of a sound stream and normalize the left and right channels of a stereo file independently.
  • A boundary click suppression feature prevents clicks in boundary points when modifying a sound file (e.g. adding or deleting parts of a file).
  • To adjust the playing volume and recording levels, balance controls have been added.
  • Shortcut keys can be customized.
  • The Playing volume and recording level panel is now hidden and can be toggled on/off.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Ability to perform batch processing. Using this feature, you can select one or more files and do the following: change the format, apply sound effects (normalization, fade in/out, add-ons), repair MP3 files, manage file tags and file types, and define rules for generating target file names.
Version 4.5 (released on April 15, 2004)
  • You can play a file or part of a file using repeat playback mode. This causes playback to repeat continuously.
  • Sound level indicators have been redesigned and can display peak levels.
  • There are more ways to launch a recording of an unlimited duration. This can be done through the command line, using auto-stop mode, or by removing the stop time for a scheduled job while it is running.
  • A new command line parameter lets you start a job and use parameters defined in a scheduled job. This allows you to use playback/recording parameters that cannot be set through the command line.
  • Ability to edit the lists of time values that are used for the Jump to Time and Move forward/backward features.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • URLs and Run commands for scheduled recordings can be generated based on templates. Besides other fields, a template can include a field for generating a month name. For a date field, an offset (in days) can be specified.
  • When recording in Split mode, the last part of a recording can be duplicated. This is useful because a file may be split in the middle of a sentence.
Version 4.4 (released on December 17, 2003)
  • Total Recorder now supports Windows Media Audio format.
  • The ability to change the sound level in MP3-formatted files without re-encoding.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • A fading effect can be applied to sound data.
Version 4.3 (released on September 15, 2003)
  • Total Recorder now has controls for playing volume and recording level.
  • The ability to define rules for using in "Save as..." operations.
  • The Auto-stop recording feature has been redesigned.
  • A "Comment" attribute for a scheduled job has been added, and it can be used for sorting the list of scheduled jobs.
  • New shortcuts have been added.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Ability to split sound based on changed clip information in an external player.
  • Ability to use clip information from an external player to form tags and file names.
  • Predefined values for start time and duration can be set for a scheduled job.
  • A context menu has been added to the Sound Image panel.
Version 4.2 (released on May 1, 2003)
  • Support for VBR (Variable Bit Rate) MP3 format
  • Ability to repair MP3 files.
  • Generation of file names for "Save ... as" operations based on file/recording tags.
  • Additional options for setting file/recording tags.
  • Enhanced "Jump to time" feature.
  • Ability to sort scheduled jobs by starting date and time.
  • Total Recorder can run with some restricted functions to allow better compatibility with other programs.
  • Other minor enhancements.
  • Ability to launch an application through the scheduler.
  • Ability to split sound that has already been recorded.
  • Tools to make it easier to manually split a file/recording.
  • Generation of file names for "Save ... as" operations based on split mode conditions.
Version 4.1 (released on December 17, 2002)
  • Full support for the Ogg Vorbis format.
  • "Jump to time" feature lets you easily navigate to a particular point in a sound file.
  • Improved displays of the properties of files and recordings.
  • Improved user interface and other minor enhancements.
  • Sound image visualization. This helps you navigate in sound data and allows you to see portions of sound with different characteristics.
  • Ability to close the player after a scheduled recording completes.
  • The Split mode feature has been enhanced so that a file can be split based on a low level of sound being recorded.
  • "Split now" feature has been added.
  • Advanced stop recording conditions have been extended. A recording can be stopped based on a low level of sound being recorded.
Version 4.0 (released on July 24, 2002)
  • The ability to directly use playback and recording devices.
  • Extended functionality of the "Undo" and "Redo" operations.
  • Sensitivity of the sound level indicators has been increased.
  • Improved user interface.
  • Split mode. A recording can be automatically split into separate files based on different conditions. For example, a new file can be created once a recording reaches a certain size or after a specified amount of time.
  • Advanced file name generation rules let you specify options for the names of automatically generated files. These can be files created in split mode or by a scheduled job.
  • Advanced options for automatically stopping a recording. For example, you can restrict a recording by time or size, or specify a time limit for no sound being recorded.
  • The ability to play an Internet transmission when a scheduled recording starts.
  • Other minor enhancements.
Version 3.4 (released on March 12, 2002)
  • The ability to regulate the level of sound being recorded from a software source.
  • Total Recorder can preserve pauses in a recording.
  • The incompatibility with Lame encoder versions 3.90 and 3.91 is resolved.
  • A frequency for writing cached data can be set. This can help prevent clicks and gaps in recordings.
  • Diagnostic tools are enhanced.
  • Compatibility with some software has been improved.
Version 3.3 (released on November 7, 2001)
  • The sound level for each channel is displayed separately.
  • The ability to schedule a job to run on weekdays or weekends.
  • Version 3.3 is completely compatible with Windows XP.
  • Other minor improvements.
Version 3.2 (released on May 9, 2001)
  • Pre-recording mode. In this mode Total Recorder records continuously and stores the last specified number of seconds of data. When you push the Record button, this data is added to the beginning of your recording.
  • The ability to edit ID3v2 tags.
  • Automatic removal of gaps while recording in software mode.
  • Improved stability and compatibility.
Version 3.0 (released on December 27, 2000)
  • The ability to play and record compressed sound using installed codecs.
  • The ability to use external MP3 modules for recording in MP3 format.
  • Compatibility with Windows Millennium Edition.
  • A Fast-save capability.
  • Automatic stop after a specified amount of recording time.
  • Interface improvements.
Version 2.2 (released on February 2, 2000)
  • Support for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000.
  • The ability to resample a recording (i.e. change sound stream parameters). Resampling can be done either during the recording process or when you save a recording.
  • The maximum recording size is no longer limited to 2GB. It is now possible to record up to 49 continuous days. However, since an individual .wav file has a limit of 4GB, a long recording must be broken into pieces in order for it to be saved.
  • A save progress indicator.
  • The ability to increase the priority of the Total Recorder program and provide cleaner recordings.
  • The ability to normalize the volume of a recording.
Version 2.1 (released on July 26, 1999)
  • Accelerated recording/converting. This allows you to convert a sound file to standard wave format without listening to it. This operation normally takes a fraction of the time it would require to play the file.
  • These allow you to select and save only part of a recording or part of an existing wave file.
  • The ability to continue recording to the same file after it was stopped.
  • A level indicator reflects the amplitude of a signal during recording and playback.
  • The ability to have more than one open copy of Total Recorder (like in version 1.0).
Version 2.0 (released on April 20, 1999)
  • Capturing and recording of sound streams that programs request from a sound card. This allows full duplex recording of Internet phone conversations when using programs such as NetMeeting and VoxPhone.
  • Recording from CD, microphone and other input lines.
  • Built-in scheduler that allows you to program jobs (record or playback) to start at a given time, similar to programming a VCR.
  • Command line parameters that allow you to use an external scheduler such as Microsoft Task Scheduler to schedule a recording or playback.
  • Automatic installation and de-installation of the virtual device driver.
Version 1.0 (released on October 22, 1998)

First version of Total Recorder