Monday, April 29, 2013

#AppMondayTAS - Voice Recorder HD

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Voice Recorder HD (Universal, $1.99)

Reviewer Comments
This app is an excellent voice recorder with many outstanding features that that can be used for a variety of purposes. At BridgingApps we have used it for voice samples in speech therapy sessions allowing clients to hear their own speaking voice. It can also be used as an informal assessment tool used to analyze voice samples, such as before therapy sessions and after or to use as a tool to practice speaking in between sessions.
The recorder itself is quite easy to use with very high quality sound. Features that we love and advantages that this app has over other similar voice recording apps is the ability to record for long periods of time and to be able to share/save the recordings outside of the app itself. The app has been tested up to 21 hours, making it ideal for recording lectures, interviews, long voice memos, and in the world of therapy, voice samples.
The user has the ability to access other apps while recording. If you are using the app on an iPhone and receive an incoming call, the recording will pause and continue after the call is finished.
Voice recordings up to 10 MB can be shared via email, but other larger files can be exported and shared via Dropbox or can be transferred to computers (PC/Mac) using USB (iTunes required). It also has the ability to sync with iCloud using IOS 5 and above. Because of the syncing ability, you can sync voice recordings between devices.
Certain playback features such as audio trimming, speed, rewind and forward are available for in-app purchase. An external microphone can be used, but we found that using the built-in mic on an iPhone and iPad were sufficient, even at a speaking distance of several feet.
Other uses we have found for this app have been recording information from medical appointments to remember later; recording IEP meetings for documentation purposes; and for those who are auditory learners, listening to information first before reading material has been shown to help the user process and understand material better.
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