9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2010 8:41 AM by Lindsay Schnebly
Lindsay Schnebly Level 2 (165 points)
...and be able to e-mail the file.

Does anyone know of a way I could record good quality audio into the iPad, and then e-mail that file to someone in my address book?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), MacBook Pro 17" (1G.), iPad 3G 64, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (1G.)
  • lllaass Level 10 (172,140 points)
    Have you tried looking in the app store? I search appshopper.com for record voice and go a few hits. One is Voice to Email.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    Well, of course one problem you're going to be facing is that top quality audio files are going to be a bit large for emailing, but what kind of audio do you want to record? Spoken word, music, what?

    I get very nice results (was able to do my acoustic harp segment for the local NPR holiday program at home instead of going to their studio to record it) with the Blue Yeti mic, the usb part of the camera connection kit, and the DAW app, but the mic wasn't cheap, although it's excellent. There are simple voice memo recorder apps you can get for free and use with the built-in mic. There's a whole range of possibilities but "good quality audio" isn't very specific for us to be able to help you.

    Several of the recording programs (including DAW) give you the option to email the files if you want, but in my case a 3:35 recording was 57 MB, just to give you an idea.
  • Level 8 (41,745 points)
    A lot of email programs get really annoyed at 57 MB files...some cut you off at 1-2 MB.

    Not to hyjack this, and not to cause a problem with the illustrious all seeing hosts, Barbara, are there any recordings available of your playing? If you can give a subtle hint...;-)
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    Yeah, my email provider has a 5MB limit per attachment. Some programs do offer an option to output in a compressed form. I think DAW might offer the option to save as AAC rather than AIFF, but I don't have my ipad here to check that.

    Thanks for asking, Ralph, but no, I just never have the time to do it properly.
  • Lindsay Schnebly Level 2 (165 points)

    Many thanks for the reply!

    I want to submit auditions for voiceover projects. Typically, these files are MP3s lasting about 30 seconds or so, so they're not very big.

    The Blue Yeti mic looks like it's around $150 - a steal if the quality is that good.

    What I'm trying to do is leave the MacBook Pro and USB Mbox and Sennheiser 416 at home, and carry just the iPad and a USB mic. I have the camera connection kit for the iPad on order.

    So the DAW app looks like the way to go? I don't need (don't WANT!) any effects. And if it will let me export the file as an MP3 or WAV, then I would be able to record the audition, and email it to the client?
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    Well, one thing I must say about the Yeti is that it is HUGE. It's as big as an old-fashioned analog studio mic from the 40s, so it's a lot to lug around. There may be something else that would be smaller that would do as well for your purposes, since you don't really need a full-range mic for spoken voice. This thread in the DAW support forums has info about many different mic options:


    I am very pleased with DAW for basic recording, but I've actually only used the full quality settings. It does allow you to choose either ogg or aac compression for emailing (in addition to full-quality wav) but I don't know how much that compresses things--to get a file that size small enough for easy emailing is going to take a fair amount of compression and I don't know how that would affect perceived quality.

    For voice there are a lot more options than for tricky instrumental recording. Harp is one of the most difficult instruments to record well, so options are much more limited than they are for voice or something like guitar where there are plenty of apps focused on those.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    You know, you might want to watch the video review of the yeti on amazon. Personally, I thought the old mic he uses towards the end actually sounded better for voice than the yeti, but it is an interesting comparison, although the camera angle really doesn't convey just how big the yeti really is.
  • Lindsay Schnebly Level 2 (165 points)
    Many thanks! You rock.
  • Lindsay Schnebly Level 2 (165 points)
    The crew came through!

    Many thanks for the insight and the time.