Using your iPhone as a sound recorder

Forget buying a fancy recorder now all your need is your smart phone to record your interview.

What you'll need:

1. Microphone Adapter

This adapter let's you connect your professional microphone to your smartphone- this is optional, you can record straight using the microphone in your phone, but gee it sounds better if you use an external microphone. Make sure you get one that has a connection for your headphones or else you won't be able to listen to what you're recording. 

2. Audio recording app 

An App will turn your phone into a functional recorder with wav recording and editing functionality so you can cut your clips as you go.

Some apps to check out:

Hindenburg Field Recorder (iPhone)

The app was made with radio production in mind.

  • Step 1: Record interview and set markers at points of interest
  • Step 2: Edit recording with cut, copy, paste and more...
  • Step 3: Share your interview with attached picture and location

Editing features:

  • Non-destructive editing with full undo/redo.
  • Cut, copy, paste, insert, break, clear, move, trim and change volume of regions
  • Adjust playback position with audible scrub
  • Rehearse edit or play selection
  • Add fade in and fade out or create cross-fades between regions
  • Create, delete and rename markers, jump between markers
  • Copy and paste audio between sessions
  • Add jingles or sound bites from the favorites clipboard
  • Use the built in compressor/limiter to increase overall volume

Sharing:

  1. Send to your computer (With Hindenburg Journalist)
  2. Send as e-mail
  3. Upload to FTP server
  4. Share on SoundCloud
  5. Share to iTunes

Recorder & Editor iSaidWhat?! (iPhone) 

Recording:

  • Record in the background
  • Real time audio wave lets you visualize what you're recording
  • Adjustable mic sensitivity lets you record from further away, or avoid clipping of loud audio, resulting in the best possible recording
  • Script view lets you have notes in front of you while recording
  • Auto save makes sure you never loose a recording if you close out by mistake

Their tip: Flip the device 180 degrees to have the mic on top

Importing:

  • You can import any audio file from other apps like Mail, DropBox, etc, using their 'open with...' menu
  • You can import any audio file via WiFi over the same local network
  • You can import any audio file via iTunes File Sharing. Simply copy the file to the app and it will recognize it next time you open the app

Their tip: You can even import some video formats like mp4 and it will extract the audio for you.

Editing features:

  • Zoom in/out of the waveform for precise selections using pinch gestures
  • Play the selected snippet or the entire recording

Their tips:  Double tap Play/Pause to start from beginning. Press and hold the wave if you don't want it to scroll while playing

  • Use snippets from multiple recordings
  • Add pauses, rearrange, duplicate, or delete any snippet
  • Fine tune snippet selection without leaving the screen

Their tips: Double tap Play/Pause to start from beginning. Rotate the device 90deg to get a Soundboard view — play your snippets by tapping around.

Sharing:

  • Share your snippets, arrangement, or just the recording
  • Email as an attachment as a WAV or M4A
  • Use WiFi to download from your computer's browser
  • Post on your Facebook wall
  • Tweet it to the world
  • Use USB using iTunes File Sharing
  • Open With any other app that supports it. (ex: DropBox, G Drive, FTP apps, Music Apps, etc)

Their tip: You can copy/paste twitter’s share link to send it some other way.


Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder (Android)

Tape-a-Talk is a high quality voice recorder designed for simplicity and is able to record voice notes/voice memos/audio even when the display is off.

Recording:

  • Record in high or low quality, in background and with pause function (.wav)
  • backwards/fast-forward during a recording as on your dictation machine (.wav)
  • Record by Widget

Sharing:

  • Send, rename and delete recordings
  • "Fast" Send, now with custom mail recipients
  • upload to Dropbox, FTP (needs additional apps)

Managing:

  • Choose recordings as ringtone
  • Cut recordings (only wav)
  • Repair recordings (fix header information of wav-files)
  • Samplerate and -format can be configured in the settings (working modes may vary from device to device)
  • Recordings are stored on the SD card (in folder "tapeatalk_records")

3. Enough memory on your phone

You'll need enough memory on your phone to store your audio recordings (do a test beforehand because you don't want to get to the end of an interview and not have enough memory to save it).