This app is the perfect solution when recording audio of your or your students’ playing. In many cases, I record video of my students playing during piano lessons; but sometimes I want only audio, so that I can get better quality or so I can more easily email it.
The iPhone/iPad comes pre-installed with a Voice Memos app, so you might be wondering about the advantages of iTalk. There are two:
- Higher audio quality (AIFF files), and
- Convenience (transferring/syncing files).
The quality of the sound recording is far better using iTalk versus the Voice Memos app. When you open the iTalk app, it allows you to name the recording and then select between Good, Better, or Best recording quality (11.025, 22.05, or 44.10 kHz sample rates). On the iPhone 4 (and probably 5), there is an auto-noise cancellation feature (so you won’t get as much room noise). Pushing the big red button starts the recording. After recording, you can browse your list of recordings, play them back, or email a file.
iTalk allows you to email your files from within the app, providing it’s under 2MB.
You can also transfer files to your computer using Griffin’s iTalk Sync software (which can handle larger files). This free software allows you to drag files from your iPhone/iPad to your computer when both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
A third option is to sync the files to your computer using iTunes File Sharing.