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It’s interesting to think that, despite all the technological progress we’ve made, there’s still a use for voice memos. Granted the memos themselves have gotten a bit more complex thanks to electronics and editing tools but their basic principle and use remains the same. Capture Audio makes organizing and cataloging such recordings a whole heck of a lot easier. So much so that it could even get non voice memo users doing it.
As one would expect, Capture Audio has built in recording software that allows users to tap a button and then start talking about whatever they like. But it’s not so much about the recording of audio memos as much as the way users can organize and file them away. Overarching directories and sub directories can be created to make finding specific clips easier. Similarly, clips can be recorded and then placed into a desired location, or a custom folder can be created on the fly. Even the clips themselves can be categorized by way of flags users can place wherever they like throughout the recording.
Capture Audio’s ability to organize audio clips is certainly impressive but I’m more excited about those flags. Imagine how handy it would be to record an interview then mark each question/answer and be able to skip straight to it with a tap. The other features aren’t slouches, either, and really help to make it a one-stop shop for voice memo needs. Users can continue to record as they mess around with other things on their devices, provided the app is still running in the background. They can also use the typical progress slider found in most digital recordings to move back and forth through the file to find areas they want to flag. I see an awful lot of potential with this app ranging from helping to track grocery lists to being an essential reporting tool.
It’s got a bunch of very useful features, but Capture Audio could use a little interface adjustment. Recording, saving, organizing, and flagging are all perfectly do-able but the ins and outs, specifically for the flags, aren’t very intuitive. At least not post-recording. During a recording it’s possible (and easy) to pause and set flags as desired. Figuring out how to do so with a finished recording takes a little experimentation. The interface for doing so also feels a bit clunky. It would also be nice if recordings in progress could be rewound and flagged before finishing them but that doesn’t seem to be an option.
Capture Audio is admittedly a little awkward to learn at first but it doesn’t take long to become familiar with it. And once that learning phase is over it can be an idea tool for anyone who has a need for recorded messages ranging from mundane lists to journalistic stuff and beyond.