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Make your voice be heard! Or perhaps your music as well. Whatever sounds you need to record, there’s an app to make that happen. Here are four of our favorites.
iSaidWhat?!: I’ve used probably 6 different iOS devices over the past 3 years, and the list of apps that I’ve installed on all of them is short; iSaidWhat?! is on all of them. This audio recorder is perfect for recording audio anywhere and everywhere from the iPhone or the iPad (though it’s not universal, it still works), with the ability to trim files down. But really, the reason why it’s so great? It’s possible to reduce the gain on the mic, so in particularly noisy situations, it’s possible to prevent audio clipping. It’s perfect for loud situations, and makes it the app that I keep using. It could use a modern update, but it’s still great.
GarageBand: Want to record some music? Why not use Apple’s mobile version of their famous music app? It supports recording through the mic port, including from third-party accessories like iRig for guitar, and external microphones. As well, there’s MIDI support for using devices like keyboards with the app. When it’s all arranged, the files can be exported to SoundCloud, to a desktop iTunes library, or even to Facebook and YouTube.
Released: 2011-03-10 :: Category: Music
Mixlr: Pre-recorded audio is for suckers. To paraphrase Bill O’Reilly: “We’ll do it live!” This app is perfect for that. Just fire up the app on iPhone, and start broadcasting over wifi or 3G/4G/LTE! Want to play music for strangers on the internet? Go for it! Want to start up a live podcast with friends? Sure! Just have random grumblings and rantings that need to be shared with people right now? This app is perfect for that as well. The audio can then be saved for posterity to SoundCloud, Mixcloud, or Dropbox. The revolution will be broadcast live!
AudioNote: Need to take some notes with the audio you record? This app is a perfect choice to use with it. You can record audio and type notes along with the recording. Best of all, it’s possible to tap on text and go right to that part of the recording. It’s great for transcription or taking notes in class. Plus, the app is universal, giving it an advantage over the similar Notability.
RetroActive tries to do something a little different with audio recording. This app is designed to let users capture sounds around them, but not all sounds, all the time. How it works is that it essentially is constantly recording, caching the last minute of audio. The app runs in the background with iOS multitasking. If the user hears something that they want to save, they just re-launch the app tap the vial in the center, and the audio is saved. It’s similar to how live TV pausing and recording works with a DVR.
Yet, unlike the modern aesthetic of DVRs, RetroActive uses a retro-themed design, inspired by steampunk and Victorian-era technology. That doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t come with modern features: the audio is time-stamped and geotagged to remember the context of the recording. Audio can be exported to a computer, uploaded to SoundCloud, or shared via Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.