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iPhone Audio Recorder

iPhone audio recording applicationsiPhone audio recorders are great iPhone applications that make great use of the iPhone microphone to record anything you can hear. You can use those iPhone audio recorders to record a voice conversation or an interview, edit it and then share it with others by email or through Facebook or Twitter.

The iPhone OS comes with a pre installed audio recorder application called Voice Memo. However, there are tens of iPhone voice recorders in the App Store that are more powerful, and are full of features.

Many iPhone audio recorders including Voice Memo in the App Store have one simple function which is to record sound using the iPhone internal microphone.

Some iPhone recorders use the iPhone to its full power giving you more sophisticated features and options that could only be found on a desktop computer.

You could even use some iPhone accessories such as a professional microphone to enhance your audio recording. Imagine being able to record an audio using your iPhone with a press of a button or a tap on the screen.

Then, imagine being able to fully edit the sound by cutting, pasting, mixing and adding effects right on your iPhone. This kind of audio editing was only possible on your desktop computer. Now you can do it right on your iPhone.

iPhone voice recorder and editorsWith some iPhone hacks, you can go one step further. For example, you can use one iPhone audio application to record the sound, and then use another iPhone voice application to edit and apply more filters and editing.

One of the most important feature of any iPhone audio recorder is the ability to cut, copy and trim your recorded audio. To make this operation easy, you will find that this is best accomplished using sound waveform so you can easily see where to cut and trim.

You can easily see where to cut and trim with iPhone sound wave

Some of the following iPhone applications are free, while others cost up to $9.99 from the App Store. In this web page I will focus on iPhone voice recorders that display sound waveform for editing.

All those iPhone audio application have one thing in common. They allow you to record your voice, edit it, and then send it by email or share it to one of the social network sites like Facebook, or Twitter.

In all the following iPhone Audio editors, I will show you how to trim an audio that you recorded. I find this to be the most useful feature of any iPhone audio recording application.


Pocket WavePad:

Pocket WavePad is a free iPhone audio editor that has many options, and filters. It can display the recorded audio in sound waveform, and it uses the standard iPhone pinching to zoom in and out.

It uses a menu driven interface similar to those used on a desktop computer which I find a little awkward. It lacks the iPhone simple iOS interface and it doesn't allow recording automatically when the app starts.

iPhone sound recorder and editorPocket WavePad iPhone audio recorder

Pocket WavePad is full of features including echo, reverse, and fade. Simply select the portion of the sound you want to cut, trim or edit by tapping on the sound waveform and adjusting the beginning and end of the sound using the markers. Once you select the sound portion, you can then apply an effect to it.

Cut, copy and paste audio editor wavepadiPhone audio editor


Poddio iPhone sound editorPoddio:

Poddio is another iPhone Voice recorder and mixer. It is easy to use and costs $9.99 from the App Store. Poddio can only run in portrait mode. It uses the iPhone standard pinch in and out to zoom in and out your audio waveform.

Poddio is designed to capture audio using the iPhone microphone and then it creates snippets. The original sound will stay unmodified.

You can't trim or cut the original sound, but you can select a portion of the sound and drag it to the bin at the bottom to create a list of snippets.

You can add as many snippets as you want by simply selecting the portion you want by moving the red markers to the beginning and the end of the sound, and then drag the section to the bottom bin.

iPhone sound recorder and editor Poddio


TwistedWave Audio Editor:

Twisted Wave is one of my best iPhone applications for editing iPhone audio. First, you have to create a document by tapping the plus (+) button, and then you can tap the record button to start a recording. You will see the sound waveform starting to build up as you talk to the iPhone microphone.

Twisted Wave an iPhone audio recorderTwisted Wave is an iPhone audio recorder

TwistedWave is one of the easiest iPhone applications to use to edit any sound. You can zoom in and out by pinching in and out, and then select where you want to start and end by moving the markers. You will immediately see an (x) button allowing you to delete that selected section.

You can of course, copy and paste this section to another area of the sound wave. When you start the iPhone application, you will see two sound waveforms. The top portion of the sound wave gives you the full envelope while the bottom one gives you a magnified portion of the sound. In this App, the original recorded sound will be modified. You will be trimming your original recorded sound, which is what I really like.

TwistedWave Audio Editor is simply my best and the easiest iPhone voice editor.

Twisted Wave is an iPhone audio recoder and editor

Since I don't use TwistedWave to record audio as it doesn't have an auto record feature which Audio Memo has, I use Audio Memo to record the sound, and then I use iFile to open the recorded sound with TwistedWave for editing. See AudioMemo below to learn how you can auto record, and then use Twisted Wave to edit the audio.



iSaidWhat is another cool and easy to use iPhone audio editor from the App Store. It costs $0.99 and designed to capture a sound with your iPhone and then create a list of snippets.

Once you tap the cesser button, you can select the beginning and the end of the sound wave to select your snippet. When you are done, you can tap the check button to add the selection to the snippet list. You can call those snippets different names, and you can play them separately or all together. You can also delete any snippet without modifying the original recorded sound.

iSaidWhat is an iPhone audio editorRecord and edit audio on iPhone with iSaidWhat


iPhone Audio Memo:

AudioMemo is my best iPhone application to capture audio. Two of the most powerful features of AudioMemo is the ability to start recording immediately after the App starts and to "Vibrate when recording" starts. Those two great features are really cool as you can quickly start recording by just starting the iPhone application.

With Audio Memo, you can start recording on App start upAudio Memo has some nice features as an iPhone audio recorder

iPhone audi memo is an iPhone audio recorder with built in extentionsUsing some iPhone hacks and those two great features of Audio Memo, you can start recording without even pulling your iPhone or iPhone 4 from your pocket or purse.

If you find something really exciting, that you want to record, simply tap a couple of buttons like the sleep button or the volume button to start recording.

The author also added the second great feature, that I personally requested, which is to "vibrate when recording". This cool feature gives you a feeling when the recording has started. You can use AudioMemo for detective recording without anyone knowing that you are recording.

For example, by simply pressing some buttons on your iPhone while it is in your pocket, you can start recording without any one's attention, you won't even need to slide to unlock your iPhone. Once you feel the vibration, you know that recording has started.

Audio memo is an iPhone audio recorder with extentionsOne of the features that AudioMemo lacks is the sound waveform editor. Therefore, after I use Audio Memo to record sound, I use iFile to open the iPhone audio file using my favorite iPhone voice editor that has sound waveform.

I use Twisted Wave which is my best iPhone application for editing audio.

AudioMemo costs $0.99 from the App Store. It has several audio extensions that you can add within the application itself.

I still don't like Audio Memo because it doesn't have the ability to edit audio using Sound Waveform.

Even buying the $0.99 additional extension called "Trim Recording" doesn't give the option to edit in waveform format.

iPhone voice recorder with several audio extensionsAudio Memo is an iPhone audio recorder  with several extensions


iPhone Voice Recording Hack:

Start recording While iPhone In Your Pocket:

This is one of the best iPhone hacks you can add to your jailbrocken iPhone. You will need Audio Memo from the App Store, and will need a couple of other hacks from Cydia. Once you have those iPhone tricks installed, you will be able to assign one of the iPhone buttons to Audio Memo and will be able to start recording while your iPhone is in your pocket or purse!

You will need to install Activator and VUnlock from Cydia which are available for free.

Set Activator to start Audio Memo with a gestureiPhone audio memo

Use Activator iPhone hack to start Audio Memo with a press of a buttonActivator allows you to assign gestures or buttons to any iPhone application or action. For example, you can assign a double press of the sleep button to start Audio Memo.

Simply select the gesture method you want, and then select the action or iPhone application you want to start when the gesture or button is applied.

This little iPhone tip or trick allows you to double press the sleep button to start Audio Memo.

But since Audio Memo can automatically start recording when it starts, this trick lets you start recording by simply double pressing the sleep button.

One iPhone problem is that you need to slide to unlock the iPhone first before starting Audio Memo. In other words, you must slide the unlock button first and then double press the sleep button in order for Audio Memo to start.

No need to Slide to unlock with VUnlock

This problem can be solved with another iPhone hack from Cydia called VUnlock.

VUnlock iphone hack that allow you to unlock iPhone with the audio buttonVUnlock allows you to unlock your iPhone or iPhone 4 when you press the volume button. This iPhone trick is really cool as it allows you to unlock your iPhone without sliding the unlock button and without touching your iPhone screen.

This simply means that you can unlock you iPhone while it is in your pocket or purse.

So, after installing VUnlock, you will be able to press any volume button to unlock your iPhone while the iPhone is still in your pocket.

So, now you can press the sleep button once to wake up the iPhone and then press one of the volume buttons to unlock the iPhone. Finally, double press the sleep button to start Audio Memo as you have assigned it with Activator.

Audio Memo will start recording automatically when it starts and if you have the "vibrate when recording" option on in Audio Memo, you will feel a vibration indicating that recording has started.

Audio Memo has some nice features as an iPhone audio recorderWith Audio Memo, you can start recording on App start up

You can do this if you want to quickly record something without pulling your iPhone from your pocket or purse, or if you don't want anyone to notice that you are recording.


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