Your smartphone can be a pro audio recording device.
Need to record a meeting, lecture or song on the go? You have the makings of a full-featured digital audio recorder right in your pocket. All that your Android phone or tablet needs is the right app. The only hitch is the sheer number of apps available and their suitability to different devices and situations. What might be ideal for turning your Droid into an audio notepad might not be so good at uploading a jam session with your Galaxy Tab. Select from highly rated apps for the best user experience.
For both simplicity and high-quality voice or music recordings, PCM Recorder delivers no-nonsense performance. Unlike many apps, PCM Recorder can record phone calls, and few devices have reported problems with timeouts or notification alerts. Recordings are stored on your SD card in uncompressed PCM format - good for high-quality audio but a concern for limited storage space. If you need conversion, cloud integration or sharing features, you'll need to install additional apps or look elsewhere.
Easy Voice Recorder
Easy Voice Recorder lives up to the name as a simple and high-quality choice for voice and musical recordings alike. EVR lets you choose between WAV, 3GP and MP4 formats and lets you share and store recordings across different apps and platforms. The free version is good, but you may want to upgrade to Easy Voice Recorder Pro to eliminate ads and for useful features like Bluetooth support, stereo recording, a resume function, volume boost and noise gate.
Virtual Recorder's retro cassette graphics conceal many useful features. When trying to record a soft-spoken lecturer or presenter, you'll appreciate the preamp and playback level controls. Unlike many recorders, VR offers looping and pitch control. PCM format give you high-quality digital audio recordings, although more compact and shareable MP3 files require an additional conversion app. All data is stored locally, so make sure to transfer to an external storage medium - a PC or cloud service - to back up and archive recordings.
Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder
It's not free, but with a long list of useful features, Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder has earned its asking price from many users. You can select recording quality to balance storage space issues, use the integrated widget and continue recording even when your device's display times out, do some basic audio editing from the app itself, and upload files to FTP or a cloud storage service such as Dropbox.
Simple and popular, Mamoru Tokashiki's Voice Recorder has pleased many users with a no-nonsense way to quickly record and store audio. Offering timer recording, Gmail functionality and an integrated widget, Voice Recorder may be all that you need for an audio notepad or lecture environment. Before you need to depend upon it, make a noncritical test recording or two to ensure that your microphone and timeout settings won't let you down during long recordings and noisy or quiet situations.
Basically a Dropbox for musicians, SoundCloud is ideal for anyone who needs to record and store audio online, to save storage space and maximize access across any platform. The app's built-in recording is as simple as they come - a big button to start recording with essential trim and pause functions to get rid of useless data. After you're done recording, you can review the file on your device or access it via the SoundCloud website.