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My iPhone Experiment – iTalk

Today was rehearsal for the alumni drum and bugle corps I perform with, the Erie Thunderbirds. Near the end of rehearsal, the sections of the corps got together to perform the music for this year. I wanted to get some recordings I could use for my podcast, but only had my iPhone with me. Fortunately, I found the perfect recording app for the situation.

The app in question isn’t the built-in voice memo recorder, introduced with iPhone OS 3.0, but the iTalk Lite recorder from Griffin. The app is “lite” because there is also a paid version which removes all ads in the app. I don’t see any need for the full app, though, as the free version does everything I need.

Unlike the voice memo app, iTalk will do more than record your audio. You can also transfer your audio recordings over wi-fi to your computer using the free iTalk Sync companion software from the Griffin website. The recordings are in AIFF format, but you can use iTunes to convert the files to MP3 or AAC. You can also use editing software like Audacity to make your audio clips exactly the way you wan them.

I’ll post some examples on the website, but I have used iTalk to record high school orchestra performances. The recording came out very clear and required no processing on my part to sound good. For a free app, iTalk does a lot and does it well.