Ideas for enhancing smartphone audio recording for live events
March 26, 2011 12:14 PM Subscribe
RecordingFilter: I got the idea of using my new Android phone to make a live recording. I just used the Voice Recorder app that came on the phone. The resulting recording is obviously pretty low quality, but not completely terrible. How can I find ways to make future smartphone recordings sound better?
posted by forkisbetter to technology (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously the phone is never going to be equal to a real mic and recording set-up, but I'm interested in exploring what the phone is capable of. It sure is convenient.
I'd like to be able to use my Droid Incredible for recordings for some podcasting projects. The sound is pretty decent if you speak directly into the mic in a quiet space, but for times when I am recording out "in the field" (house concerts, busy outside street space, et cet) the sound quality obviously goes down quite a bit.
I have some experience editing sound with Audacity and Levelator, and the biggest problem I've had is cleaning up "muddy" sound from loud recordings with lots of background sound. Looking for suggestions for:
-Apps that somehow enhance recording or do a better job than the one that comes with the phone
-Techniques for using Audacity to clean up muddy sound (looking for something a little more sophisticated than just using the clean up plugin)
-Techniques for making spoken words "pop" with a lot of background noise.
-Anything else you think could be useful