Audio Voice Recording Apps For Iphone and Ipad

There are more voice and audio recording apps out there than you could ever try. Most record and let you trim audio files. Of the ones that might be useful to a voice ovet artist doing quick submissions Lewitt Recorder has the most potential but without an equalizer it's out of the running. The biggest problem with most audio or voice recording apps is that they are severely limited and even the paid version doesn’t do anything special.

Doesn’t do too much special. It has “ducking” enabled in the free version, which as they explain it setting a track to lower its own volume when another tracks audio comes in, like background music goes down when a voiceover or narration starts. Limited to 59 minutes of recording in the free version . I think the image below we’ll tell the rest of the story quite well. The cost to upgrade is $29.99 and in the meantime most of the effects don’t work and you get an hour recording. No thank you.

Mic Swap and Mic Swap Pro 
The free version with 3 built in mic emulations will give you an idea if you find this app useful enough to pay for the Pro version.
The Pro version for $19.99 comes with 15 microphone emulations, if you include the cavalier and the bullhorn. I can't really tell you if the built-in mic or external mics sound like the ones represented in the app, but it does give you a wide variety of mic effects, including the warmth of a tube mic and the crispness of a studio large diaphragm condenser. I love playing with this app but not sure I would have paid that much for it.
Downside- an offer to get the paid version for free turned out not to be free-range I was charged full price.
• Shure SM58 • RCA 77 • Sony Lavalier • Megaphone • Amperite SR80 • Neumann U47 • Neumann U87 • Neumann KM140 • Neumann CMV563 • AKG 414 • AKG C12VR • Royer Ribbon R121 • Old Timey Radio Mic • Ribbon Fathead 1 • Ribbon Fathead 2


GARAGEBAND- Not Recommended
The Garageband app seems as if it might be useful, but in the absence of clear documentation, finding, using and controlling audio effects feels a little out of control.  I lost interest before I got past the learning curve. I like clear instructions and without any to speak of every attempt to try a setting was frustrating.
If you have time to play with it and can figure out how and if the tools actually work well for voice recording please let me know. 


Lewitt  Not Recommended
Lewitt Recorder is another fun app with compressor, reverb and and input monitor built in. Unfortunately it doesn't give you EQ. The compressor and reverb are cool but without the EQ it's probably not worth paying for the ability to export files.

AVR- Awesome Voice Recorder is just that, awesome. It's the best we've used. M4a, MP3and WAV export.. Five different microphone emulations out of the box. Live monitoring. No other effects but use the emulation you like best and export right to Audacity by email.

FREE -A great recorder,  fast, exports effortlessly in MP3 and others, no live monitor,

TwistedWave Recorder- nothing special in the free version. It claims to have editing effects. For only $5.99 you can find out what they are and if they work. I'll pass on that.

Using Downloaded Plugins With Audacity Free Open Source Audio Editor

  • Quick Starting point for using plugins for Audacity Free Open Source Audio Editor
  • Download Nyquist plugins most which are available from the Audacity team., 
  • open zip, 
  • open appropriate folder for os: wndows or other, 
  • drag compress.ny to program files folder that contains program Audacity, (or use right click copy to as described below)
  • click on Aaudacity,
  •  drop in folder "nyquist plugins", or VST if appropriate.
  • In Audacity open effects, click add effects, select new/ then select enable compressor or appropriate plugin for inclusion in the working list.

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Unpack file with  WinRAR or your built in unzipper.
Select "System Control" in the tools folder.
Click to run right from the folder. no need to install.
Under file tab select the options you want.

How to use Chris’s Dynamic Compressor for great volume in Audacity 
 Download Chris's Dynamic Compressor Plugin
In Audacity open effects, click add effects, select new/ then select enable compressor
Here are some starting points.

Compression ratio: 0.8
Compression hardness: around 0.8
Floor: -18.0 to -32.0
Noise gate falloff: 4.0
Maximum amplitude: 0.95

Other Tips

You want to keep the ratio as low as possible
You could go above 5:1 if you were recording a voice for an advert, or wanted to use compression as an obvious effect.
But for a natural sound it's important to keep the ratio below 5:1. I find that even 3:1 is more than enough in most situations.
For this reason, my guideline for ratio would be somewhere between 2:1 and 4:1, with 2.5:1 being a great starting point.

The threshold determines the level at which the compressor kicks in. If the threshold is too high, the audio won't be compressed at all. If it's too low, the voice will sound overly compressed and completely squashed.
The right setting for the threshold depends entirely on how loud the audio is. You should try to set the threshold 6-10dB below the average volume of the audio.
In the world of digital recording, the sweet spot for the level of your recording is around -18dBFS (with the peaks around -6dBFS). If you are in this sweet spot, a threshold somewhere between -24dB and -28dB would be appropriate.
But as a general rule of thumb, start with -24dB and tweak from there.

Attack Time
The attack time dictates how quickly the compressor kicks in and starts reducing the level of the audio. 
If the attack time is too slow, The compressor will affect the end of the words, but not the beginning—because it's too slow. You want the compressor to affect the whole word, not just the ending.
On the other hand, if the attack time is too fast the voice will sound over-compressed and squashed.
A good guideline for attack time on voice is 1-5ms. If you go too far outside of this zone you might have issues. Within that range, I find that 2ms is a great starting point.
Release Time
Release time is how long it takes the compressor to dis-engage and bring the audio up to its actual level. As with the attack time, setting the release too fast or too slow will result in an unnatural sound.
A release time that is too slow often leads to a pumping effect where the compressor doesn't actually release until the following word. A release time that is too fast will cause the voice to sound wild and uncontrolled.
Try to keep it between 10-15ms for release time. A good starting point is 12ms.

The audio coming out of the compressor is lower. you can adjust the output gain of the compressor—sometimes it is referred to as makeup gain or just gain.
Use the level meters on the compressor to match the output level to the input level.
Quick Tips

  • If the compressor has a knee setting, turn this up to make the compression more subtle
  • In most situations you should apply the EQ cuts before the compressor and the EQ boosts after the compression
  • If you can't hear the difference between different attack and release times, bring the threshold down really low. This will fully engage the compressor and you will be able to clearly hear any small changes that you make.

How To Use Equalization Effect In Audacity For Voiceover

Highs and Lows rolled off
What an EQ filter does is boost the gain (audio level) of a range of frequencies. When we adjust the volume of clip, we adjust all frequencies equally. An EQ filter allows us to boost the gain (audio level) of a range of frequencies above and below the freq we select without boosting everything. You can’t boost a single frequency. You are adjusting a range. The numbers that run across the bottom of the Equalizer Show the frequencies low to high going left to right. In graphic mode we use sliders.We are always adjusting a range. 

  • Frequency. This sets the center of the range of frequencies we want adjusted.
  • Gain. This determines the amount of change. Positive numbers boost the gain in that range of frequencies, while negative numbers reduce the gain in that range. What the sliders change, boosts+ or reduces-.
  • Q/Width. This determines the width of the range of frequencies we want to adjust. Higher numbers create narrow ranges. When adjusting values for a voice, the default setting of 2 is good.

  • Men: Add 3-5 dB around 180 – 200 Hz.  for warmth
  • All: Add 3-5 dB around 315 Hz.for warmth
  • Men: Add 4-6 dB around 3,000 Hz clarity
  • Women: Add 4-6 dB around 4,000 Hz  clarity

Don’t add too much. The more low-frequency emphasis you add tends to make the voice sound “rumbly” and muffled.
 Roll off top frequencies and lowest to reduce noise if necessary, but watch out for creating a sound that's artificial.
To improve clarity, we need to boost the higher frequencies in the voice.
Cutting at around 80-130 Hz can clean things up 

Noise is not a single frequency. Noise spans the entire range of human hearing. This means that you can’t use a simple EQ to remove noise, unless it is a very deep rumble or high hiss. Instead, you use the noise reduction plugin.It may be tempting to try to reduce AC mains hum with EQ but those sounds have harmonics which are tough to get without damaging the quality.

Limiter effect interface. Four of the settings are generally set to the same values:
  •  While the clips are playing, adjust the Gain so that the Gain Reduction setting, at the top, is bouncing around 1 – 3 dB. This provides maximum amplification, without excessive limiting, which can sound fat and “blatty.”
    NOTE: Remember to adjust the filter when all other tracks are silent or muted.

Other Tips
. Use a High Pass Filter to Cut Everything Below 80Hz
This is a common practice and something that you can do to improve any voice over. Anything below this frequency will be low end rumble and noise. Remove it, and it will instantly clean up your voice over.
Try going even higher, especially on a female voice. If your voice recording is sounding a bit too bass heavy, cutting everything below 100Hz will really help with intelligibility.
2. Cut 100-300 Hz to Add Clarity
Similar to the last tip, cutting the bass will improve clarity. On the other hand, if the voice sounds a bit thin, try boosting somewhere in this frequency range.
3. Cut 300-400 Hz if the Voice Sounds ‘Muddy’
This is a problematic frequency range for most recordings—particularly in music. If the voice sounds a too muddy, try cutting somewhere around this area.
4. A Wide Boost Between 2-6 kHz Can Improve Clarity
If cutting some of the bass around 100-300Hz doesn’t add enough clarity, try a gentle boost across this frequency range.
Be careful of exaggerating the sibilance and S sounds of the voice though, which leads me on to…
5. Cut Around 3-5 kHz if the Voice Sounds too Sibilant

Be wary of this frequency range when boosting. Boosting too much at these frequencies can make the voice sound highly sibilant and add too much sizzle.

    Senal SCM-600 Cardioid Condenser Microphone For Laptop PC or FireWire Voiceover Recording

    Senal SCM-600 Mic

    Senal SCM-600 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    The Senal line is known for warm top quality audio recording with an affordable price tag. Other reasonably priced mics will work as well. I use the New Rode NT1. 
    You’ll need a USB interface to provide 48 volt phantom power (required for condenser mics except electret) and convert the analog signal from the microphone to digital that can be fed to your DAW in your laptop or desktop via USB connection.

    Audacity Audio Editor Screenshot

    Your DAW (digital audio workstation) lives in your computer and allows you to edit/enhance your recordings. Audacity is a great free open source audio editor that can do almost anything that very expensive editors can do when combined with a great many plugins, also free, at least for the ones used for voice over work.

      You’ll also need a M to F XLR cable to connect your microphone to your interface and a stand for your mic. To start out you can get a cheap scissors boom type moveable mic stand that clamps to a table or desk. Some of them come with cheap XLR cable already threaded through the scissors part of the boom. You’ll also want a cheap pop filter. Note that in this image the mic is facing the wrong way, it should have the flat front side facing the pop shield and the speakers mouth.
     Mic Stand with Table Top Clamp,

    Highlights of the Senal SCM-600 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Approx $150.00
    1.3" True Condenser Capsule (transducer element)
    Large Gold-Plated Diaphragm
    Cardioid Polar Pattern
    Switched -10 dB Pad (just leave it off for voiceover)
    Switched 110 Hz High Pass Filter(try it)
    140 dB Maximum SPL
    Wide Frequency Response
    For Studio Recording and Broadcast
    Rugged All-Metal Construction

    The Senal SCM-600 is a professional-grade, large-diaphragm, true condenser microphone (reqs phantom power) The microphone offers a full, rich tone.

    The cardioid polar pattern minimizes off-axis noise and audio reflections.
    The 110 Hz high-pass filter removes helps reduce noise and rumble caused by room noise, air conditioners, or fans.
    The rugged all-metal aluminum case with high-density foam cutouts provides protection for traveling.
    The included shock mount reduces unwanted vibration that can that can be transmitted up through the mic stand and that can adversely affect your recording.
    Includes a protective carry pouch.

    Sound Field Mono
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 1.3" / 33.02 mm
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 76 dB 
    Maximum SPL 130 dB SPL Peak
    Pad -10 dB
    Impedance 50 Ohms
    Sensitivity -36 dB
    Low-Cut Filter 10 dB/Octave @ 110 Hz
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Voltage 48 V (phantom power)
    Length 6" / 15.24 cm
    Diameter 2" / 50.80 mm
    Weight 1.2 lbs / 0.54 kg



    • 40 cm (15.75") TRRS cable to connect
      to any iOS device headset jack
    • XLR input connector for microphones
    • Gain control
    • +48 V phantom power
    • Headphone output
    • On/Off switch
    • Power/Phantom Power provided by 9V battery
    • Battery life is approximately
      30 hours with dynamic microphones
      and 10 hours with phantom powered condenser studio microphones
    • Download 2 free apps from the App Store:
      - iRig Recorder FREE, an easy-to-use voice recording/editing app,
      - VocaLive FREE, a multi-effects processing app for singers.
    • Compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

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    The New Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone features response like classic top end microphones with low noise matching low price. Get the kit with shockmount and pop shield. I just bought the new New NT1 and what a sound!

    For great sound direct to Audacity on your PC and clean phantom  power think about using the Focusrite Scarlett Solo Version 2 (2ndGeneration) with USB Audio Output
    The Focusrite Scarlett Solo V2 USB Audio Interface is the second generation 2 in / 2 out USB 2.0 audio interface with one Scarlett mic preamp and one instrument input, 24bit/192kHz & USB bus powered. Pro Tools | Mac and PC compatible. I have one on my desk just 6" from my mousepad.
    Focusrite's second generation Scarlett Solo is ideal if you want to start recording, and now it's even better, faster and easier than before. Though compact and easy to use, it still delivers the same class-leading sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the latest Scarlett range. It has a single natural sounding Scarlett mic preamp, a newly-designed instrument input and super-low latency*. Take it anywhere, connect by a single USB cable, plug your microphone and instrument straight in, and easily record studio quality audio. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To celebrate this Scarlett Solo now comes with an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, as well as Ableton Live Lite. It is compatible with all major DAWs, on Mac and PC.
     Sound just like youWith the Scarlett Solo USB audio interface, your recordings will sound just how you want them to. Plug straight in to record your guitar and vocal simultaneously on independent channels so they can be mixed separately. The super-low latency* brings confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. Connect your headphones and home speakers or studio monitors, turn up the volume and totally immerse yourself in sound. 
    New Generation - Better in every way  
    The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. New super-low latency* brings confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. New metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz. The input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups. Finally, Focusrite have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, to guard your interface against unwanted power surges.
    Ready to record anywhere
     Compact and portable enough to take anywhere, you won't even need a power supply; Scarlett Solo is connected and powered by a single USB cable. It also comes with the software and effects you need to start recording; an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack (featuring 12 additional plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for real life guitar amp emulations), Ableton Live Lite, the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite's Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples and more.
    *Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11

    Focusrite Scarlett Solo V2 USB Audio Interface Features
    • One natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp with plenty of even gain.
    • One newly-designed instrument input, designed to handle seriously hot pick-ups
    • Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit
    • Super-low latency* for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP
    • One headphones output with gain control
    • Stereo line outputs on RCA phono for connecting to home speakers
    • Compact and tough enough to take anywhere
    • Powered by USB so you don’t need to carry a power cable
    • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite
    Focusrite Scarlett Solo V2 USB Audio Interface Specifications
    • Mac OS X Yosemite, El Capitan
    • Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows 10
    • Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen is class compliant on Mac. Driver will be required for PC.

    Create stunning podcasts and voice recordings quickly and easily with iRig Mic Cast

    iRig MIC Cast is the ultra-compact, portable voice recording microphone designed specifically for recording podcasts, interviews, lectures, voice memos, speeches and more.

    iRig MIC Cast provides a pocket-sized voice recording solution with crystal-clear audio quality. It features a tight unidirectional pickup pattern that minimizes background noise, making it ideal for single-source audio recording.

    This makes iRig MIC Cast also great for business applications like recording meetings and enhancing the audio and voice quality of conference calls.

    iRig MIC Cast is proof that great things come in small packages. In addition to an incredibly flat frequency response with zero tonal coloration, the iRig MIC Cast…

    Features a stereo mini-jack headphone output enabling real-time monitoring of what is being recorded using headphones or speakers.
    Offers a mini-switch that provides two different sensitivity settings to record close-up or distant sources.
    Includes an adjustable desktop stand for convenient iPhone/iPod touch positioning during recording.
    Has a bumper-friendly mini-jack connector that fits the majority of iPhone/iPod touch cases.
    Has an ultra-compact profile that can be carried anywhere with ease.
    Like other IK Multimedia microphones, it includes 2 free apps: iRig Recorder, an easy-to-use voice recording/editing app, and VocaLive, a multi-effects processing app for singers.
    Works with all regular phone calls and any Voice-Over-IP app.
    Is compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

    How it works

    The iRig Mic Cast is literally about the size of a large coin. It can easily fit in your pocket, briefcase or computer bag for easy transport. Plus, its compact size means you can use it anywhere – from the classroom to the boardroom.
    Dual Gain Setting
    One of the most frustrating things about portable mics is the inability to get good clear recordings from sound sources that are not close to you. iRig Mic Cast solves this problem with a dual gain switch that allows you to capture up-close audio as well as audio from sources not so close.
    Comes with a Tabletop Stand

    Now you can set up your iPhone or iPod Touch and record hands-free thanks to the included tabletop stand. Simply place the stand wherever you need it, put your iOS device in and hit record.
    No Additional Additions Needed

    Set up is easy: Plug the iRig Mic Cast into the headphone out “TRRS” jack. You’re now ready to record. Plus, iRig Mic Cast comes with two apps for recording and sound processing: iRig Recorder – a simple, no frills high quality recorder, and VocaLive – our professional vocal processing, effects and recording app. With iRig Mic Cast, making outstanding quality recordings is literally as easy as opening an app on your iOS device.
    Works with All of Your iOS Devices
    iRig Mic Cast is compatible with all iOS Devices with a headphone/audio in TRRS jack, like iPhones, iPod touch and iPads. And, you can use the iRig Mic Cast as a hands-free calling microphone for conference calls and speaker phone applications. Plus you can rotate the iRig Mic Cast to get the best capture angle, increasing the quality and fidelity of your recordings.

    iRig Recorder with iRig MIC Cast Works With Your Android Devices

    Now you can plug the iRig MIC Cast into your Android device and capture stunning high quality audio. Use the iRig MIC Cast and your favorite Android audio apps to capture podcasts, lectures, speeches, interviews, concerts and spurts of creative brilliance. iRig MIC Cast is fully compatible with most devices and apps that support and process audio — apps like Skype, Tune Me, the Booth Rap Studio, Voice Pro just to name a few. No additional software is required, simply plug iRig MIC Cast into your 1/8” (3.5mm) headphone/input jack and launch your favorite app. Also, iRig MIC Cast comes with iRig Recorder FREE for Android, an extremely easy to use intuitive audio capture and processing app that will quickly become your “go-to” app for quick audio recording.

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