We take a look at some of the best voice recording apps for iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices. Yeah , yeah, we know the iPhones already come with a built-in voice memo app for recording audio. But unless you are a die-hard iSheep, it wouldn’t hurt to take a brief, non-condescending look at many more, better recording apps with a ton more functionality. Especially if you’re one of those who want to do more than just record simple audio. What’s more, if you need a good app to record good quality audio for transcription, you’re in luck, as we tested some apps extensively for you. Below, in no particular order, are our recommendations:
Its paid version has no advertisements, so one less headache. It allows you to record voice memos and on-site sounds at unlimited length with configurable quality. Recorded voices are in standard AAC/MP4/M4A format. Voice Record Pro can record directly in MP4 (AAC), MP3 (MPEG) and WAV (PCM) formats plus convert function for all supported formats. That can be handy for audio transcription purposes, because you can record directly into a small file size, without losing quality hopefully, which makes it easier and faster to manage and upload audio for transcription.
What’s more, with your recorded audio, using this app, you can with export to and import from all major cloud storage services, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box Cloud and Apple’s own iCloud service. You can also export to SoundCloud, your FTP server, any web based script etc.
You can also download and upload to PC using built-in web server and Wi-Fi. On top of this, you can share your recorded clip on all major social networks, and do some nifty sound editing tricks too. As with other sound recorders, you can email your recorded audio from within the app too.
This one is cheaper, but also has a lot fewer options. They claim it is a professionally made audio recorder with an intuitive interface, which is easy to use and full of powerful features. You can use it in interviews, lectures, music session, briefings, … and simplify your recording tasks. You can record good quality audio, which is also quite loud. You can leave the phone to do background recording too, a perfect app for spies and perverts. You can use it with iCloud. You can append audio to existing recordings.
The best feature probably is the automatic pause on incoming phone calls. You can also lock the application with a code. In the developer’s own words “With Audio Memos, you get an amazing recorder that fits most needs. High end users can then use in-app purchases to extend its functionalities even further.” What we don’t quite like though is that to get extra features, you need to make further in-app purchases. Ugh…
Ahem, as far as voice recording apps for iPhones go, this one is a bit pricey, but they claim some impressive features, especially for seminar recordings. And no in-app purchases for extra features, hopefully. They claim you can record and edit business meetings, lectures, and conferences right on the phone, and that it’s awesome for students and business people. It captures sound at a distance, and you can take notes while recording in the background. What’s more, you can email your recordings in a jiffy. If you have too many recordings, you can simply visit a transcription service website on any smartphone or tablet, iPhone or iPad, iOS or Android, Apple or Samsung or Sony, and upload your recording for transcription. By the looks of it, it looks like a perfect app for clients with academic transcription needs, where they can just record their research interviews, seminars or lectures and send them to the transcription company.
The app claims to record conversations throughout a large room, even in situations where the people talking are located several feet away from the phone. Reinforces soft voices – even whispers – Ideal for college lectures, board meetings, and conferences, as well as dictation. Automatically skips silence during recording. However, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND recording as close to the speaker as possible, and eliminating background noise as much as you can. That way you save time, money and effort on transcription.
DropVox – Record Voice Memos to Dropbox
Developer description: Start recording. Double-tap to pause or single-tap to stop. Uploads to Dropbox automatically. It’s that simple.
• Universal app, running equally well on iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.
• MP3 audio files sound great while saving bandwidth and Dropbox storage.
• Accessible with VoiceOver for the visually impaired.
In simple terms, this is a voice recording app for iPhone, for Dropbox. If you don’t want to use Apple’s easily hackable iCloud storage service, you’re not bound to it as an Apple user. There are literally tons of better options, like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive, among many others. This app lets you record audio and upload to dropbox automatically, once you set it up, of course. Not only is the ability to save your recordings directly on Dropbox is great, but so is the feature to help visually impaired users, simply awesome.
We thought to leave you with a free recommendation. Why this is free? Because it’s a voice recorder for social networking. You’d ask well, how does that work? In the developer’s own words: “Your voice is the most powerful and effective way to communicate! Faster than typing a post, better than texting! With a touch of a button use your phone to record your voice and then post it to Facebook and/or Twitter (Generate a tiny URL for tweets). Playback, review and re-record as desired. Include a caption message to draw attention to your recorded message.”
If it lets you record audio files for free, we’re all for it. Vocal social networking is overshadowed by YouTube, but it’s still worth a shot, again, especially if it’s free. It lets you modulate voice to create funny voices. We recommend you don’t do that for your research interviews. We also hope it lets you record longer audio files.
That does it! We really hope this post helped you with choosing the right app to record audio. If you need your recorded audio files transcribed, whether they be one-on-one interviews, interview phone calls, lectures, seminars, conferences, depositions, discussion group, focus group interviews, podcasts, sermons, dictations etc. you can find more information about our transcription service below:
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