Smartphone Audio Recording Tricks

5 Tips on How to Record Audio on Any Tablet or Smartphone

Smartphone Audio Recording Tricks

#1 Eliminate All Distractions

One can not forget that a smartphone is a multi functioning device not specifically made for recording audio alone. Yet, nothing is more annoying than a text alert intruding upon a recording rendering it ineligible. Thus, it is in your best interest to mute, silent, and strip your smartphone and/or tablet from any and all intrusions before hitting that record button.

#2 Configure Your Phone Properly

In the case of utilizing more versatile audio recording applications it is important to properly configure your phone first. One will not want to lose any valuable data through over compression, regardless of the housed microphone within your device. In most cases, your smartphone will default your microphones recording quality to a low setting in order preserve storage space. If your drive has enough memory available for a higher quality recording you will want to override the default setting with a better configuration. Remember one can always compress an audio file during post production.

#3 Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Your Surroundings

Every setting and situation will present you with different recording obstacles. It is also fairly easy to overlook little sounds that you hear on the daily. Recurring environmental sounds are easy for the ear to become accustomed to. However, an audio recording will pick up every surrounding sound and this factor may not be good for business.

It is better to begin with recording a short sample of audio to observe the sound in your current setting. This file will also come in handy when it comes time to patch up sound irregularities during post production. These small annoying environmental sounds typically become apparent after one is done recording, so it is best to stay ahead of the game and disrupt them prior.

For example, if you can walk closer to your subject - do it. Or if you are standing close to an annoying distraction of secondary audio - move away from it. If mouse clicks, water glasses, or elbow slams are your main source of disruption try putting a soft towel under your phone to lessen the blows.

#4 Utilize an External Microphone

External Microphone

It is true that smartphone microphones are improving with each and every new release but a phone's audio recording can only do so much as it comes with limitations. Luckily, several devices come equipped with a microphone jack. Purchasing an external microphone that you can plug into your smartphone and/or tablet may be necessary to improve your phones recording quality. External microphones provide higher clarity, sound control and the flexibility to record quality sound bites from chaotic rooms and quiet rooms alike.

#5 Utilize Tape Recording in Busy Environments

Your smartphone's microphone was not intended to record live performances or speakers at conferences. They more or less were designed to be utilized as dictaphones. These small microphones have been attuned to a specifically narrow range of sound intensity. Thus, loud events in busy environments are out of your smartphone's microphone range. In short your phone will not register that large or loud of a sound.

Be smarter than the microphone by utilizing a small piece of tape and placing it directly over your smart device's microphone (ensure there are no air bubbles or creases in the tape). After placing on this bit of tape, mute your input, and your device will record sounds that would otherwise be beyond the sound range your microphone is capable of. Keep in mind that different types of tape will render different types of results so experiment prior to your recording date.

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