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October 5, 2011 / Randy Coppinger

Sound Apps

Poll: Which sound (and sound related) apps do you use on your mobile?

A few of my favorites, Android:

SoundCloud – My favorite embeddable audio player doesn’t show up on many mobile browsers, but fear not! You can stream and download sound directly from via the app. Not just a player, you can use the app to record and post. Brilliant.

RTA Pro Analyzer

RTA Pro Analyzer – If you’d like to measure the audio spectrum on the go a Real Time Analyzer is a very handy tool. But instead of buying a dedicated unit, I bought this app. The standard config displays with the signature of your crappy built-in mic. But RTA Pro allows you to calibrate to a test signal, which I have done. It’s not as accurate as a dedicated unit, but it’s great for simple tasks like figuring out where the PA howls.

Virtual Recorder – I’ve paid for several recording apps, but this one stands out for a few reasons. First of all, I dig the graphical representation of a cassette. There is a decent meter to help you set a level and a “Digital Mic PreAmp” to adjust gain. Like a tape machine you can play audio in reverse and at different speeds. Lots of fun.

Now share your favorites, won’t you?


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  1. Randy Coppinger / Oct 5 2011 3:57 pm

    Lisa Rice [@lisaricevoice] says she likes Twisted Wave (iOS).

    Pascal Normand [] wrote, “AC-7 Core on the Ipad is amazing. I also want to take a look at Morphwiz of which I heard good things but did check it out yet.”

  2. jsgilbert / Oct 17 2011 4:09 pm

    I recently purchased a Motorola Droid Bionic and recorded a raw voice recording in my living room that everyone says is “amazing”. Well not necessarily amazing compared to audio in a studio, but seeing that I ca use the phone for emergency last minute auditions, by sneaking into a broom closet somewhere, it is amazing. recording is here.

    Also, I was very tempted to get an iPhone 4s simply becuase of the incredible apps + the portable phantom powered mic pre that has.

    On my Bionic, I like using ringdroid becuase it will allow for simple edits, but I primarily use HiQ lite as a recording app . The aforementioned audio clip was done with Hi Q lite and the standard settings. I didn’t mess with the gain or anything. That was actually my first attempt to record anything with the phone.

    And I would reccomend that all Android phone users get Advanced Task Killer. It has nothing to do with audio, but it will save you considerable on battery use. Just invoke it every once in a while on your phone and it will shut down apps and services you are no longer using.

    • Randy Coppinger / Oct 18 2011 11:58 pm

      Thanks JS. It’s annoying that an OS needs an app like Task Killer, but it sure makes a difference.


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