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We’ve all been there at one point or another. There’s something you need to record- it’s really cool and really important- but the only recording device you have on you is your phone. It’s to be expected. Normal people don’t typically carry around mobile recording units with them to have on hand at a moment’s notice. You’d get a lot of weird looks if you did (and probably wouldn’t get invited places anymore).
However, your iPhone-recorded audio need not sound horrible. With the help of a few simple tricks, no one has to know that awesome thing was captured on the same device you play Candy Crush with.
Here are three tips for recording better audio on the fly...
TIP #1: Third Party is Best Party
The biggest hurdle to jump with cell phone audio is the compression. When these phones are being designed, size and storage are an issue, and preserving the sound quality of audio files isn’t high on the list of priorities. Most cell phone mics are meant to be used more as a handy little thing to record memos and reminders on. The phone compresses this audio down to a very small file, which doesn’t exactly do great things to the resulting product.
The best workaround for this is 3rd party apps. The best one we’ve found, the Rode field recording app for iOS, records in 24bit 48kHz resolution and outputs the file in a number of formats. It also has a number of other handy editing features, and a free version of the app is also available in the Apple store.
If iOS isn’t your cup of tea, there are many other good quality apps out there for different operating systems as well. Find the one that’s right for you, and delivers audio you’re satisfied with.
TIP #2: Location, Location, Location