This article was published on December 18, 2014

TNW’s Apps of the Year: Recordium for iOS

TNW’s Apps of the Year: Recordium for iOS
Roberto Baldwin
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Roberto Baldwin

Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

In our Apps of the Year series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for our favorite apps of 2014. 

I do a lot of interviews. Maybe too many interviews. But to make sure I correctly quote my sources, I record those interviews in addition to taking notes on the computer or or in a notebook. The default voice recorder on iOS doesn’t cut it, that’s why I’ve become a huge fan of Recordium.

The main focus iOS only app (sorry Android) is of course to record audio. But, it’s all the features that come with the app that make it shine where others have fallen short.

You can adjust the quality of the audio files and determine which file format you want (WAV, CAF, AIFF and MP4 are available).

2014-12-18 12.09.42There are tons of ways to share your recordings with others or just back up to the cloud. You can share the files to Evernote, Google Drive and Dropbox, both of which are part of my reporting workflow. Although if the source is anonymous, I keep all files local because I’m paranoid. You can also email and share the files via Wi-Fi to a local group. Plus, you can set the app to automatically sync with iCloud.

The recordings themselves can be annotated with tags, notes and areas can be highlighted. You can even add a photo if that helps you remember who you’re talking to and where. You can slow down and speed up playback. If you transcribe interviews, the slow-down feature is a must unless you can type like the wind. Plus, you can skip ahead and back a pre-determined amount of seconds in case you missed something.  You can also trim recordings within the app.

Yeah, it does a lot. All those features will set you back $9.99. Which seems expensive for an app, but it’s a small price to pay if you record interviews, or music, lectures, or really anything on a regular basis.

I can’t recommend Recordium enough. In fact, sometimes I hassle other reporters to start using it. So yeah, you should download it.

Recordium [iOS]

 You can see the rest of the ‘Apps of the Year’ recommendations in this series here

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