Recording Audio

Previously, anyone wishing to record audio required a specialist device, such as a tape recorder or dictaphone. These days almost everybody has an audio recorder easily to hand: their smartphone or tablet. The built in microphones in these devices are capable of producing good quality recordings in the right settings. In other situations, especially involving more than one person an external microphone(s) will be required (see planning audio and video recordings).

There are many different apps available for recording audio, depending on the operating system of the device. Some manufacturers include an audio recorder by default. For other devices you will need to download a free or paid app from Apple’s App Store (for iOS) or Google’s Play Store (for Android).

Recording Audio on an iPhone

All iPhones come with an app called 'Voice Memos’. This can be used to record and edit audio. This video shows you how to record and edit audio with 'Voice Memos’:



You can, of course, download a third-party audio recorder from the App Store if 'Voice Memos’ doesn’t meet your needs.

Recording Audio on an iPad

Unfortunately, 'Voice Memos’ is not available for iPad. However, there are many audio recorders available in Apple’s app store, both free and paid (iTunes or App Store required). Read the reviews and ratings and choose the app that fits your needs best, or download several and trial them until you find the best one. If you have trouble using an app refer to the app’s page in the store, here you should find a link to the developer’s support site. This should contain tutorials and/or FAQs on how to use the app.

Recording Audio on Android

Whether an Android phone comes with an audio recorder pre-installed depends on the manufacturer and/or carrier; any pre-installed audio recorder will also vary with the manufacturer and carrier. There is, however, a wide range of audio recorders available on the Google Play Store.

Read the reviews and ratings and choose the app that fits your needs best, or download several and trial them until you find the best one. If you have trouble using an app refer to the app’s page in the store, here you should find a link to the developer’s support site. This should contain tutorials and/or FAQs on how to use the app.