Podcasting Apps to Turn Your Smart Phone into a Digital Recorder
If you're starting out in the world of podcasting and want to use your smart phone to start recording. There are a few great apps that you can use that are cheap, cost effective and so easy to use.
This is a guide to a few apps that I've used to record interviews and episodes for the Joomla Beat Podcast.
Apps for Recording Podcasts
Here is a quick run down of a few apps that we've used in the past to record podcast interviews.
Free Voice Memo on iOS
This is the best place to start. Its cheap, free, and really easy to use. The only tricky part is getting the audio files off the device to a computer for post processing, but if you're after something free to start with, start with the app that comes with your iPhone.
I'm sure there is an Android equivalent to Voice Memo, but I've personally never used an Android phone so I can't comment on this.
SoundCloud is not only is a great audio hosting platform but also comes with a great application programming interface (API) that allows you to use so many different applications from desktop, tablet and mobile apps to record and publish your sounds.
The default core SoundCloud apps seem to be the best overall for simple recording and publishing but there are many many more applications out there that allow you to modify, cut and edit your sounds before publishing them online.
The only downside to the platform is that you will have to pay for a Pro plan to get any decent amount of storage space for your podcast.
Spreaker, very similar to SoundCloud but with its own flavour. If you don't like SoundCloud and their fees, then check out Spreaker as a cost effective and user friendly alternative. It is what we are currently using for our own podcast.
Again you will need a subscription plan to be able to store and deliver the podcasts. Spreaker is better setup overall for podcasting in general with their own podcasting features, stats and RSS feeds for your podcast syndication.
Last but not least, I recommend iRig Recorder. The simplest of all audio recorders. It allows you to cut, edit and modify your recordings as well as optimise it. It doesn't however allow you to to publish directly online but you can potentially also connect in with SoundCloud, Spreaker or FTP to upload your audio files to another server.
What ever your choice of podcasting recoding app, these are a good starting platform to get your started or when you find that you're in a situation where you need some recording done! Of course there are the inbuilt applications that come with most smart phones as well. The best thing about those is that they're all free! Voice Memo on the iPhone is fantastic when ever you need to just do a quick recording.
After setting up the podcast, promoting it and gaining a bit of an audience, we finally decided to upgrade the equipment to something more substantial that works better for what we were doing.
The Zoom H6 recorder was the best investment for the podcasting and video recording but I'd only recommend it if you're 100% sure that you are committing to the podcast that you are doing. The price from a free app to $450AUD recorder + $100 microphones and cables is quite a jump if you're not serious about your podcast.
It allows you to connect professional XLR condenser or dynamic microphones along with line-in channels from a separate source, such as your phone or laptop for multi channel recording. This worked perfectly for our setup where I personally would be on one channel, Martina on another and our guest on the third channel. With the H6, there is an ability to control the levels for each channel with the onboard mixer. This reduces the amount of equipment you need. It all records directly to the SD card on the device and is easily transferred to a computer for post production.
Highly recommend the Zoom H6 when you're ready to upgrade your podcasting process and move up from the smart phone recordings.
If you need more help with setting up your recordings or some advice on podcasting, make sure you give us a call or email us or you can leave a comment below and we'll get right back to you.