Best voice recorder

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by cpnotebook80, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. cpnotebook80 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2007
  2. Paul Adam H macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2008
    best voice recorder app: SpeakEasy

    The best recorder I've found is SpeakEasy -- the sound quality is great, very sensitive, excellent sound for voice (singing), and gives you the ability to start and stop recording all within one recording file, incredibly useful and a feature none of the free ones offer. I use it all the time. I tried all the free ones and one other for-pay one, Recorder (99 cents) -- for me, SpeakEasy had the best interface, sound quality, and features (you can transfer your recordings onto your computer too). It's a $1.99, and a great app.
  3. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006

    I agree - by far the best interface -- ability to pause recordings, add photos to recordings - set up different categories which export into iTunes when you export it with SpeakEasy Connect - great sound quality - incredible developers - ability to change recording quality - many many more features - but by far the best audio recorder no competition really!
  4. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    I use EconotePro. Very easy to use, you have quality settings, best of all you can either FTP super huge long recordings, or eMail quick notes. eMail came in handy, when I had a voice mail at home. I recorded it and emailed it out to my wife. She played it right on her iPhone and it played nice and clear. Quick and easy. :)
  5. PatrickRS macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2008
    I've bought a few programs from the app store, but I'm still looking. For me, the ideal voice recorder has yet to be produced. Here's some advice for would-be developers for the features I'd love to see offered in a single program:

    1. Launch to a Quick Record Screen.

    The program should be optimized for making quick recordings. This means it launches on the recording screen. I like the way SpeakEasy provides the tab bar at the bottom for easy screen switching. Make the "Record" tab the default on launch and I'm happy.

    Many current app store apps get this right, but too many of them launch to a "Recordings List" screen and make you tap a tiny button somewhere on the screen to get to the "Recordings" screen. They sometimes make you tap yet another tiny button to start the recording. Are you listening, Dictaphone?

    2. Big Buttons.

    You're usually on the go when you're making a recording, otherwise you'd probably use a computer based app, or a pen and paper. No time to fumble after tiny buttons. Make the common operations accessible with BIG BUTTONS.

    Again, SpeakEasy seems to get this right.

    3. User Selectable Audio Quality.

    Don't pick a quality for me because the files *might* be too big. I should be the one who makes the decision about how much room I want to devote to recordings, not the developer.

    Several programs now available get this right, some offer only a single quality.

    4. Easy Speaker Switching.

    Usually, I want to listen to recordings from the "Speakerphone" speaker. But when other people are around, I want to listen through the regular "Phone" speaker. I want to switch regularly and often, so make this easy to toggle -- An easy to push button on the playback screen, NOT a program setting accessible only through three layers of menus.

    I don't know of any current program in the app store which gets this right. If they have the option at all, they disappoint by burying it far away in settings.

    5. Synchonization, Without Installing a Program on the Mac/PC.

    The program "iDicto" solves this nicely. You put the program on your iPhone into "sync" mode then just boot up your usual Mac/PC browser and visit a URL on your iPhone. Just downlink the files normally. Brilliant!

    6. Email Recordings.

    Don't tell me the files are too big so I can't email them. How do you know how big a file my email program can manage? Give me the abilty and put a warning in the docs about big files.

    7. Don't Put the Time Into the Filename!

    Yes, recordings should be time / datestamped, but don't confuse this with the recording's name. They should be separate. The program "iDicto" gets this right.

    8. Quick Alternatives to Filenames

    When you're making a recording, you usually don't have time to type in even a short filename for your recording. Most programs supply a default, which is fine, but they're useless for distinguishing one recording from another "Record 001" , "Record 002", ... Give me a quick and painless alternative to typing.

    The program "iDicto" has some good ideas along these lines, such as pre-built icons you can associate with your file. SpeakEasy lets you associate a picture, which might be even better.
  6. Daremo macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
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    I use Audio Recorder and love it. Quality is good, you can email the files to yourself, and I like the input level meter.

    My biggest complaint for ALL these recording apps is Apples fault by not allowing you to adjust the microphone input level.
  7. bluelondon macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    i tried a few before buying 'recorder' for 99c.

    i like it alot, its very easy to use, has a big record button as soon as you run the app, lets you organise and rename audio files, email them to people, and everyone whos recieved a voice note from me has said the voice is very clear.

    nice and simple and does the job, can't ask for more.
  8. nyctravis macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I agree, I've been using it for a few weeks now and really like it.
  9. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007

    I've tried quite a few and this is by far my favorite. Purchased due to mention on this thread. I've trashed all my others - some costing much more without any of the great features.

    Thanks to the OP for posing the question... (oh yeah, to everyone that replied, also)
  10. gospel9 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Dictaphone has all the basic features from all other recorders including shake to record, emailing. They have a desktop app for syncing too.
    It dosen't have categories, comments or photos (SpeakEasy) but it's at its best as a voice app.

    It's also the fastest of them all I have tried (which is actually important to me). The graphical elements are also very pleasing to me too. The latest update included improved audio sound quality.

    It is on sale for 0.99 right now, from 1.99.

    Most of them get the job done, but I am glad I bought this one :)

    EDIT: I haven't checked out iDicto, looks promising... thanks to PatrickRS for pointing out some things I have overlooked. Syncing without installation of a desktop client would be nice.
  11. bluelondon macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    can i email my voice recordings with speakeasy?

    this is one feature i like about 'recorder'. but i wish recorder had a pause function while recording, that would make the app perfect.
  12. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    - It does not feature an email feature - but this being because Apple does not allow interface with the native mail app and thus any emailing is done through the hosting application's server which is a privacy issue for many.

    Also - I don't see the point in emailing an audio recording - the best way I see is the way SpeakEasy does it and that is with an application that will transfer and keep your audio organized so you don't have duplicates and you don't have to think about where the audio goes - it will transfer into albums correlating with the categories into iTunes. It's a fantastic solution that works fantastically.
  13. Daremo macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
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    the point to emailing is the ability to email a voice message to someone. It's a great option.
  14. X3n0 AcId macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    'Recorder' is amazing!
    simple and impressive interface
  15. bluelondon macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    the point is say i i can't call my brother in australia, or my friends in london, i can leave them 5 minute voice recordings in their email inbox, which they can listen to whenever they like, without being deleted. but i see what you mean about privacy issues due to the voice recordings going through a 4rd companys servers. still a great feature to have IMO.

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