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El_Camino Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Does anyone know how to increase volume on Voice Memo?
I almost do not hear my messages (unless I shout or put my phone in front of my lips and talk loud).

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • DaleTheGael Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've noticed the same thing and, while I don't have a solution, I've found a "workaround". I've found that if I listen to a memo playback through my Bluetooth headset it comes through loud and clear.
  • julieda Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
    I have noticed the the volume is barely adequate during a playback,however, if I e-mail the voice message, the playback volume is louder. I do not use headphones.
  • julieda Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
    I just tried using the feature again. This time I held the phone about an inch or two from my mouth, with the phone out of the case, and the volume was fine. I then tried it with the case on and again, it was OK. The secret is to make sure that you hold it very close to your mouth and to place the bottom of the iPhone close to your mouth.
  • El_Camino Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks to all for your input.

    Julieda said: ''The secret is to make sure that you hold it very close to your mouth and to place the bottom of the iPhone close to your mouth.''

    This is unsatisfactory. They have to fix this.
  • ckawai Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The microphone on the phone is not really meant for voice memo. More for voice call, which means situation when your mouth is close to the mic.

    If you are using voice memo often please buy a compatible mic.
    I use Capsule Mic for iPhone 3G and the difference is heaven and earth.
    http://www.tunewear.com/en/product/capsulemic/

    Oh, and remember to turn on Airplane mode to reject all calls and incoming mail. Or else there will be noises when mails and calls come in.
  • Tonyanza Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ckawai wrote:
    The microphone on the phone is not really meant for voice memo. More for voice call, which means situation when your mouth is close to the mic.



    I am a total iphone newbie ...
    Please excuse me if I am off base here .. but that does not make any sense to me?

    I only have my used, Iphone 2g 1 week and the mic works great on speaker phone at over 12 inches away form my mouth ...

    But it really is sad, on Voice memos ....
    so it can not be a hardware problem?

    I suspect the way the "voice memo" app is written is the problem.
    Or the way it plays back to the speaker?

    Tony
  • paulg123456 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't think this is a recording problem, it's the playback volume at fault. - Some memos I've recorded play OK on some iPhone 3G but not on others.

    There must be a way to increase the playback volume ?
  • Tonyanza Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just installed the free "Quick Voice app" and it works much better, well playback is at least as loud as my ringtones ... lol

    So Voice Memo must have a software problem

    Tony
  • jfaughnan Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
    Everyone who's tried Voice Memo with a pre-3GS phone finds that the sensitivity is set too low. It may work on 3GS

    I use "VoiceRecord" and it's fine.

    Clearly it's a bug. Maybe it will get fixed in 3.1. There are lots of low cost voice memos that work, but they don't sync to iTunes like Voice Memo.

    Apple's bug is a bit of break for 3rd party memo vendors.
  • Prod to be a Merkin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just got a 3GS today and this volume problem was one of the first things I noticed. This has to be fixed - teling people they have to use a headset mic or somesuch, when the speakerphone usage of the built-in mic works just fine, is a cop-out. Obviously an oversight ("bug") in the code. Now if someone could just figure out what the file type of the voice memos is, one could take the files of 3rd party apps that do record at a proper volume and make iTunes recognize them as voice memos. If Apple's going to release something they consider a core iPhone app in this shoddy condition, it's only fair if we get some sort of functional workaround rather than wait for someone's bugfix inbox queue in Cupertino to get caught up on.
  • HappyChapSteve Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I use the "iTalk" app and it doesn't have this problem. Used it in large lecture halls and the recordings are fine.
  • Mark Mayer Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    8/26/09

    New iPhone, still playing around. Voice Memos VU meter / built in microphone is useless. I've tried turning phone around by 180° to point mic at source etc, but gain is way too low. As others have posted this app needs a gain control to be useful for recording anything but memos spoken directly into mic. Apple - get your act together - the app has great graphics, but is flawed at present.
  • pluteski Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The memo recorder was one of the reasons I bought the iPhone, because my audio recorder had just died. This feature has proven to be extremely useful to me.

    However, the voice memo recorder cannot use the microphone in my bluetooth headset. The voice recorder was the main reason I spent extra for the bluetooth headset having the best noise cancellation.

    Apple, please address this.
  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
    "If you are using voice memo often please buy a compatible mic.
    I use Capsule Mic for iPhone 3G and the difference is heaven and earth.
    http://www.tunewear.com/en/product/capsulemic/"

    ckawai:
    Any chance of posting audio samples, with and without the Capsule mic?
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