I can record band practice again

August 8, 2009

I’ve found another great use for my phone, recording band practice. Back in the day I had a great Aiwa cassette player that had a dedicated microphone jack that made great recordings. Now that cassettes are gone, I haven’t been able to record band practice.

That all changed when Apple released OS3 and the new Voice Memo app. Now I can record band practice on my phone. While this is a great solution for me, I still have two problems.

1.I play my iPhone in a few songs ( BEBOT & All you base )

2.My band rocks a little too hard for the phone’s microphone.

Item 1 I can live with. Item 2 I’m in the process of remedying. I want to make a foam shell of some sort to control the noise level. Right the recordings clip pretty hard, but not bad enough that I can’t hear what’s being played.

The Voice Memo app makes surprisingly good recordings. If you have any suggestions on sound dampening, please let me know.

2 Responses to “I can record band practice again”

  1. Jess said

    Hey I stumbled across your blog when looking for this very solution. My problem is the iPhone seems to pick up alot of the bass and creates that horrible bass peaking buzz. All the other instruments pick up okay, check out my recordings on my band website. Did you come up with a solution… sure would be nice if they added an EQ to the voice memo app…

  2. Jess,

    The solution we found was to use Garage Band and Abelton Live to record practice. Now I just use Voice Recorder when I’m practicing and don’t want to forget a bass line. It picks up great, but a live practice is too much for it. I’d suggest working on positioning your phone away from your amp, and possible finding a box of some sort you could cover the phone with to filter out some of the noise.

    Good luck.

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