My iPhone is my new flash recorder.
As a manager, I'm not often out collecting sound for air. But I've been carrying a Nagra flash recorder just in case I need to contribute in a crisis, happen upon breaking news, or want to capture an aural moment we might use.
Today, I gave the Nagra back so someone else can use it.
That's because Adam Hirsch, a producer on The Takeaway
and a fellow iPhone geek, showed me an impressive, new (and currently free) iPhone app that records fantastic audio using the phone's built-in microphone. It's far
better than any apps I've tried for this purpose, and good enough to impress our engineers.
It's called the iTalk Recorder
, from Griffin. The recordings really do sound great. At the top setting, it makes CD-strength AIFF files at 44.1k and 16 bits. If you have a Mac, a nifty download
allows you to transfer the audio from phone to computer over wifi.
It certainly won't replace our reporters' professional recording equipment. But in a pinch, or as a backup kit, it's fantastic.
For me, that's perfect. And one less thing carry.