While the native voice recording app on your smartphone works fine for the most part, if you are looking for additional features like live transcription and noise cancellation, you will need to download a specialized third-party voice recorder. Luckily, there are a lot of options when it comes to audio recording and you will be easily able to find an app that suits your task. In this article, we bring you the top 9 voice recording apps for Android and iOS.
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Dolby On: Record Audio & Music
Dolby’s dedicated audio recording app lets you record music, podcasts, voice memos, and more in a professional capacity. Dolby On offers an array of effects like noise reduction, limiting, spatial audio, EQ, and more. If you don’t have a microphone at your disposal, yet want high-quality sound recordings, Dolby On is a great app to record with. The audio editor that comes with the app lets you improve the sound quality after the recording is finished. You can optimise the volume, boost the fullness, and use other effects to achieve optimum quality before publishing the recording.
Otter: Transcribe Voice Notes
Otter is a great voice recording app for recording and transcribing lectures, meetings, and more. Otter efficiently transcribes the voice recordings made using the app and is even capable of producing live captions for meetings, lectures, and seminars. If you want to share the recording with your colleagues, you can use Otter to summarise the session, highlight text, format the transcription, and identify different speakers in the recording. You can invite collaborators to edit the meeting. While most basic functions of Otter are free to use, the premium subscription offers some additional perks.
AudioShare lets you manage all the audio recordings on your phone in one place. You can also use the app to record any kind of audio – be it music or voice – using an external mic or the built-in mic on your phone. AudioShare is equipped to play and record in 96k, 48k, 44.1k, 22k, 11k, and 8k sample rates. With AudioShare you get an incredible level of control over the editing process, as you are able to apply different effects like fade in/out, trim the audio recording, and even leave notes wherever necessary.
Easy Voice Recorder
If you’re looking for a simple voice recording app without the bells and whistles, go for Easy Voice Recorder. This is a great everyday app to record meetings, lectures, and music using your phone. There is no time limit to the recordings, and you can choose to save the file in compressed formats so as to save storage space. The accessible widgets and shortcuts make it easy to start recording audio within seconds. With WearOS support, you can also record audio using your smartwatch.
If you’re looking to record podcasts on your smartphone, then a simple voice recording app isn’t going to cut it. Riverside is one of the more popular apps used by podcasters to record audio on the go. One of the better features of Riverside is that it lets you record up to 8 individual tracks, which makes editing easy once the recording has been completed. If you’re planning on recording a podcast with multiple participants, recording their voices on different tracks will come in extremely handy. Riverside also offers automatic transcriptions for your voice recordings.
Smart Voice Recorder
This easy-to-use app comes with all the basic features of a regular voice recorder, with a greater level of accessibility. Smart Voice Recorder lets you record high-quality audio without having to worry about the length of the recording. One of the unique features of the app is that it can recognise silence and automatically trim it from the final recording. There is also a live audio spectrum analyser on offer, and you can even adjust the audio sampling rate.
Google’s very own voice recorder is currently only available on Pixel 6 or newer devices, but it will likely be rolled out for other Android smartphones in future. This app offers accurate live transcriptions of voice recordings and can recognise multiple speakers and label them accordingly. You can search within the audio or edit certain parts with ease. What sets Google Recorder apart from other voice recording apps is that it doesn’t need an internet connection to transcribe.
Rev Audio & Voice Recorder
Not happy with how the automated voice transcriptions turn out? Get a human to do it! Rev Audio & Voice Recorder charges $1.50 for human transcription and guarantees 99% accuracy. Your ordered transcriptions are delivered to you by email. Other than that, the app offers all the features of a regular voice recorder like a high-quality recording and playback engine, background recording, in-app editor, and more.
Voice Recorder Pro
For strictly dictational purposes, Voice Recorder Pro is one of the best apps out there. There is no recording limit other than your phone’s storage space. You can record audio in four different formats – MP3, PCM, AAC, and AMR. If you’re not necessarily looking to record high-quality audio but instead want to save up on storage space, AMR should be your preferred format. The app also lets you change the sample rate (8 kHz – 44kHz) and the bitrate (32 – 320 kbps). There’s support for mono and stereo recordings with the option to record in the background as well.
These are our picks for the top 9 voice recording apps for Android and iOS you can download right now. Most of these apps are free to use but some may come with certain exclusive features locked behind a paywall. Some of the apps also offer cloud storage options if you do not have enough storage space on your smartphone.
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