What’s new on the audio recording horizon?
By this point, I’m sure most of the techies and Apple fans out there have heard of and perhaps even purchased an Apple iPad.
For the uninitiated, the iPad is a mobile device used to create and consume digital media with a gorgeous 9.7 inch display. Similar to the popular iPhone, the iPad has touch-screen technology that let’s you interact with the computer without a mouse or keyword.
What makes the iPad different from others in its category are the thousands of “apps” or applications. On launch day, there were 1,000 iPad apps including ones for audio recording, audio editing and file hosting. This begs the question, did you buy an iPad and if so, will you be using it for recording auditions or even broadcast ready digital audio recordings?
Even before it came out, the iPad was already attracting a lot of attention from software developers, and it’s only a matter of time before we see some pretty sophisticated applications that start to rival the diversity available today on PCs and Macs.
A Radio Journalists’ Perspective
“As a radio journalist I need to be able to record and edit audio and assumed that would require me to keep carrying my laptop” said Larry Magid a technology columnist for the Huffington Post. “But CBS News Executive Producer Charlie Kaye proved that it’s possible to use an iPad, even with its less than perfect internal microphone, to record audio for broadcast. Kaye did that Saturday with his new iPad then e-mailed it to CBS News, which played it on national radio.”
An International Voice Talents’ Perspective
While in New York City for the Voices.com Mixer, I had the opportunity to speak with Heike Bachmann who is an English and German voice talent, represented by Abrams Agency and has provided her voice to a number of renowned museums including the Guggenheim mentioned in passing that she uses her iPhone to record auditions.
VC Audio Pro
At CBS, the app of choice is a $5.99 iPad app, VC Audio Pro, lets you both record and edit audio on an iPad as well as an iPhone and an iPod Touch with an external microphone that was designed for the iPhone but also works on the iPad.
Audio Recording on the iPad
There are a number of other great pieces of audio recording software including Audio Recorder, SpeakEasy Voice Recorder, iProRecorder is ideal for recording voice memos, EccoNote Pro for recording notes, memos, meetings and Recorder, a very simple application from Retornyms and one of the most popular recording applications for being simple and stable.
Key Functions of iPad Audio Recording Programs
Most importantly, you should be able to record for any length of time and most applications on the market allow you to do so. For simplicity, apps should have at least two buttons to start/stop recording and to pause. Recorded files should be either mailed or shared via Wi-Fi. More advanced features include the editing of files, which from my research, only VC Audio Pro can do.
Does Recording with the Apple iPad Have a Future?
Could you see yourself recording with the iPad? If so, would you just be recording dry voice and sending it to a producer or could you imagine a day when editing is done with a touch-screen? Add your comments below.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,