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Richard Harrington: Hi, My name is Richard Harrington. Robbie Carman: And I am Robbie Carman. Rich: Now Rob, whenever I go out and I speak at a conference, or I am out shooting in the field, everyone always seems obsessed on how do I get my tablet or my smartphone to work? People are like, can I use my iPad as a monitor? No, not really. Can I use it do this? No, not really. But there is a wealth of all sorts of apps that help out with things like audio. Robbie: Well, yeah, you know something like an iPhone for example is guess what, a dedicated digital audio recorder. Rich: You mean it's designed to have sound go in and out of it already? Robbie: That's right Rich.
And you know, thanks to all of the wonderful app developers out there, not just for iOS but for Android and other applications where you can use a mobile device like a phone or a tablet as a dedicated digital audio recorder. Now just to be clear, it's probably not recommended, just sort of if you haven't tested it out and you just go. I am going to bring up my phone, and this is a really important production. But in a pinch, and especially if you're not at a point where you're ready to invest in a dedicated digital audio recorder, we can absolutely use handheld devices like an iPhone for example as a digital audio recorder.
Rich: Yeah, one of the things I like is I'll use a microphone app from Blue Microphone and they have their own app and they have a thing called the Mikey that plugs right into the iPod Connector Dock, at least the old iPod Connector Dock before they keep changing it. And this is actually a cool mic that works as a good pinch. So I need to do an audio interview, I could slip that right in someone's pocket off camera or have them hold it like it was a stick microphone and use that as an audio recorder and just put it so it's just out of the camera frame and it works like a stick mic. And that's really cool, pretty straightforward, I like that.
But one of my favorite ones I've come across recently is called Pro Audio To Go, and it actually converts it and it was originally designed for I believe CNN. Robbie: Okay. Rich: Diana Weynand, who is a very well known Final Cut trainer--actually a trainer at Lynda.com herself--worked on this app and its design to give you professional uncompressed audio recording right inside the app. So, a lot of options here, we have the ability to name our files and record, we can actually have presets for equalization so we can define, boost the midtones or the high range, you can make your own presets, which is kind of cool, and the ability to actually FTP those files in, so you can get them right off the device and even send them in remotely from the field.
Robbie: That's awesome. Rich: So it's really pretty robust, because let's face it, I've got my own digital audio recorder, I love it, dedicated battery life, it works great except when you forget to charge the batteries or you leave it at your hotel room. Robbie: Exactly, better yet, most people have their phones on them at all times, and so in a pinch that's going to be a perfect way to record audio. Rich: Yeah, so it's going to come in handy, but it's not just getting the app, there is a couple of things you need to do to make your phone ready out of the gate. Chances are your phone isn't set up for professional audio input, so when we come back, we're going to talk about a very useful cable you're going to want to pick up.
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