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Best Voice Recorder App for Iphone

Which is the best Voice Recorder App?

When searched on Google or in the iPhone App Store there are what seems like more than a thousand apps available for voice recording.  The LEWITT Recorder App is a great pick.

You can try it out for free by downloading it from the IPhone or IPad App Store. Most  functions will be available except export the audio files. With the upgrade the export capability is as good as it gets from Voice recorder apps. I found that it was one of the few apps I didn't mind paying a few bucks for, and the $4.99 US dollars is nothing compared to the value.

It has controls for the input and output gain of the iPhone's built-in microphone. you an add and external microphone, but I think you will be very surprised at the quality of voice recording you get from the stock internal microphone.

You are able to monitor your recording in real time using headphones, and use built in  markers and notes to find editing points, which you can do right on your phone.

The LEWITT Voice Recorder App provides professional recording capability at the weight of the IPhone you are already carrying.

 Useful for:
 Mobile / outdoor recording
 Podcasts and YouTube productions
 Voiceovers and Voiceover Demos

On the move studio quality with sample rates up to 96 kHz and 32 bit.
Unheard of setting selection from built in reverb and audio compressor
Provides waveform display, zoom functions, markers, editing functions, PPM/RMS metering
Add notes, ratings, tags and photos to every recording
Export available in mp3, aac, wav, etc.  at selectable bits and sampling rates
Export by E-mail, iTunes or direct upload to SoundCloud

Editing, compressor and reverb are available with a large number of settings, many more setting, than I've seen on portable apps anywhere. The interface is spectacularly laid out and easy to use with fat fingers. Download this outstanding app and try it. Most likely you will find it worth the $4.99 upgrade.

The LEWITT Voice Recorder App .

Lewitt also markets a selection of audio interface microphones which are a little pricy. This is not one of them.

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How To Edit Recorded Skype Podcast Audio

Studio Condenser Microphone
Some research on Google will convince you that the best way to record a podcast with a remote guest is with Skype. But how to deal with the resulting stereo audio? What is it, even? Learn how to easily Edit MOV Podcast Audio Recorded From Skype You will need to install the FFMPEG plugin to do this. This is a standard must have along with Lame MP3 which is found on the same page. All clean, no nonsense.

Open Audacity and Click on File then "open" in Audacity and click on the MOV video/audio file you want to extract your audio podcast from. You'll get a popup that is called select streams to import. Left click and highlight them both, it's a little buggy and might take a moment, but it can be done. Click OK and you will load two tracks, one left and one right from the MOV file. At this point I find the audio to be hot and clipped and click edit-select- all and go to effects-amplify and basicaly de-amplify, in other words set the amplification for a max db of -1 because when you mix and render the tracks it makes it even hotter and clippier.

Now you will go to the tab labeled "Tracks" and select "mix and render". It takes a couple of minutes to show the results and in the meantime there is no indication of progress, so let it go. When Audacity is done with this process you will have one mono track with both speaking parts combined to work with.
I suggest at this point, go to Effects- Normalize and take care of DC Offset only. You now have a mono.

Guide to the Audacity Project Window

Guide to the Audacity Project Window

http://manual.audacityteam.org/                         http://manual.audacityteam.org/

This is an example of the wonderful guidance available for Audacity. This is from   http://manual.audacityteam.org/ . Librivox (audiobooks) volunteers have condensed, written, much which is helpful. You can find the Librivox at http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3 . Librivox complements the manual in some cases, for example Mystery of the Missing Mic

MicSwap -Studio Microphone Emulator & Recorder

Check out Micswap in the app store here
For my recommended gear for podcasts I think MicSwap has me. It's the only app of it's type that I would pay $13.99 for the pro version. Why? It makes your stock OEM built in microphone on the IPhone sound like a studio mic. Of course you can use an external USB type microphone as well.
Granted, I just got the IPhone 6s Plus, so maybe I'm coming around because of a better internal mic. All those attachable USB mic's I was just talking about? Umm, well, I don't need them. I still have a studio mic for special occasions, but, if I can pull off voiceover jobs with this combo, well, it's our little secret. We'll see.
 There are zillions of mic emulations to chose from in the paid version. The file can be shipped out by email to audacity or transferred easily to Liggett Recorder with it's compressor and reverb, or the Audiomaster, the sister product to MicSwap that can give the audio a light makeover for free. Note that the Liggett App does not support exporting in the free version. Paid version is 4.99 US
MicSwap is a Studio, Mic Modeler & Recorder for iOS.
Yes it comes with it's own studio sounds.
Record using custom mic emulations. Record or audio and change its sound. Adjust the input of any microphone.
Color label your recordings and much more!
Sorry Awesome Voice Recorder there is trouble in paradise!
Use with other apps as an AU, Audiobus or IAA input or effect. Insert MicSwap pro as an effect to run other sounds through it adjusting the gain and changing it's sound.
MicSwap Pro allows you to connect an external microphone or interface. Use it live or in the studio, or as it's own studio.
 MicSwap - Mic Emulator & Recorder for iOS.  Check out Micswap in the app store here

Professional Voiceover Microphones For Iphone

There are all kinds of microphones and setups to allow you to record on you phone. I have written about all the apps that will record and let you do basic sound editing from the built in mic or a plug in mic. Just keep in mind that the 3.5 mil plugin is analog, and as such is not good great for professional recording. Other than that, your iPhone can record digital audio just as well as a mac or pc digitally and with these app you can generate a quality demo or podcast without leaving the comfort of your phone. 

The easiest and seemingly unknown way, is to use a quality USB microphone like the CAD U37, or better yet the AT2020 USB Plus, or a Rode NT1A with a Focusrite(see below) or other xlr to USB adapter. I prefer the NT1A over anything, but the USB mic's plug have a USB output and generate their own phantom power, so they will work without any adapter.
The Rode is a standard ultra low internal noise large diameter cardioid condenser microphone which requires phantom power which is provided by the Focusrite xlr to USB.

Then just get yourself a powered USB hub, plug your microphone USB output into the hub, then plug your IPhone USB output wire into the hub. The wire is the same that you use for charging. [divider color="red"] I learned about this neat divider line trick on bloggertricks dot com [/divider] Now you might say that this post is a bit of a mess and it is, but I'm working on it. The intention was to expose you to some of the better digital phone enhancements that can help you free yourself from a studio, but it just looks like a mishmash of advertising, so I will fix that if you will bear with me.

Scroll all the way down through the page to get ideas on most of the options available. Don't fall into the trap of thinking an app can't be of value if it is under $10 dollars. Everything shown here is well worth the money. Just do it, do it for yourself. Free inspiration to get going in voice over.

Just keep in mind I might get a tiny commission if you were to order something through the links on this page, so let's don't go crazy. 

If you want to free yourself from using a USB hub, here you can see all iPhone compatible recording devices from iRig, and below that are ads directly from iRig for some of them.

All of them are digital and plug into the charging/data port. iRig even has compatible audio digital work station Apps for iPhone,
iRig Mic HD - handheld digital microphone for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
IK Multimedia -  iRig Mic HD

Rig Mic Field - unltra-compact stereo field mic for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
IK Multimedia - iRig Mic Field

iRig PRE - XLR microphone interface for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
iRig PRE - XLR microphone interface for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

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