Android audio editing apps: no joy for Journos?

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I’m currently putting together stuff for my Digital Newsroom module for this year.

One of the things I ask the students to do is to record and edit a short audio vox-pop*.We have a number of audio recorders of varying levels of ‘quality’ at the Uni and access to Audacity and Adobe Audition. But I don’t stipulate what the audio should be recorded on or how it’s edited. My line is always ‘if you can do it and submit it by banging nails in to a piece of wood, go for it”.

I want the students to explore the range of resources that are out there and I’m always keen to add to the list of possible tools and resources they can use. So Uber blogger and font of endless multimedia journalism info Mark Luckie couldn’t have timed his latest post better.

The post highlights 3 Unique ways to record, edit, and publish your audio. It includes Monle, a four track editor for iphone/touch which is useful if you use you phone to record your audio interviews. Which got me thinking about the students who might want to use their mobile to record audio but don’t have an iphone or touch.

Android audio apps?

I see a lot of iphones at work but I also see a serious number of Android based phones so I thought I would do a quick scoot around and pick one or two apps that none Apple users could consider. And the result…



Move along now, nothing to see.

Well, OK, there was one; ringdroid which, on the surface, looks pretty good. But that was it.

From my reading round its seem the stumbling block is  a dodgy audio api on android – delays etc. But I was genuinely surprised that there wasn’t at least an attempt to try. Maybe it’s too niche!

Iphone/touch is the platform of choice

I’m nervous of the eulogizing that goes on of the iphone/touch as the ‘tool of choice for multimedia journalists’ but I have to say that as an all in one device (the new touch in particular) it’s looking pretty good.

If you know about a good audio recording/editing app on Android or other mobile platforms for that matter, please let me know.

* Before the anti-vox brigade have a go I should say that this is part of a series of competency ‘tests’. I want to be sure that the students have exprimented with recording audio and vox is an easy ‘reason’ to record audio.

Update: has a nice article looking at the Monle and Hindenburg audio apps.

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14 Replies to “Android audio editing apps: no joy for Journos?”

    1. Thanks for the comment Alf

      I like the 1st video app, very neat. I also like ReelDirector in a similar vein. (and the podcasts are great BTW)

      I think the iphone has proved itself as a great platform for production. It’s a shame that, in some areas, it seems to be by default rather than choice.

      I was looking for ways that students could make use of the phone whatever make it was and it seems that Android let me down. As much of an Apple advocate as I am I would love the choice. 🙂

  1. Hey Andy,

    Did you find one that works? Is tape machine good? I am a radio news guy that just got the Galaxy Tab. Was hoping to use it as an all in one – recorder – editor – pc etc.

    Please post what you found that works.


  2. I’m a radio reporter. I’ve been fiddling around this morning and I found Hi-Q MP3 Recorder to be pretty good. If you need to do any edits then Ringdroid isn’t bad too.

  3. As a radioreporter in Paris I’ve tried “tapemachine”, it works okay, but records in Wave and sending/uploading the recording doesn’t work well…
    Now trying Hi-Q…

  4. I recommend the Tapatalk app to record on Android. I found one audio editor earlier, but I forget its name (paid app at any rate). However; as someone that works with audio, and someone who can count ab Android app maker among his friends / former musical collaborators, I am looking into it!

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