So, I'm looking for *free* Android apps that record in .wav format. My phone can record, but only in .3gp format, and I want .wav. Any help would be appreciated!
Doesn't seem to be possible. Also the file sizes would be pretty big, Your best bet would be to transfer the .3gp files to your PC and convert them to .mp3 online.
Ahh, okay. Thanks.
I use one called RecForge II that has mixed reviews but has always worked fine for me in the past. It has a paid version that removes some restrictions but if I remember correctly the free version is still pretty capable. It can record in MP3 as well as WAV and has some basic editing capabilities too.
Thanks! RecForge II is now on my phone. Hopefully I'll get some recordings done on Sunday.
Not sure what file you'll get my I tried my video recorder just to check it out and you might be able to convert it into wav if not from the phone, from audacity or another programme.
I'll keep that in mind, thanks.
Gonna try this RecForge II first, though.
@cblack, I've used the SoundCloud application in the past and instead of uploading it to SoundCloud, I yanked the Ogg Vorbis (OGG) files from the phone and worked from them. Ogg Vorbis files are compressed -- like MP3 -- but at least still targets music. The 3GP format's compression targets voice (voice memos and voice calls) instead of music. Ogg Vorbis is an open format and better supported than MP3 in the open/free software world. (To be explicit: Audacity supports it out of the box. Any desktop application _should_ support it out of the box. Phone/Tablet apps may be hit-or-miss.)
I believe I've also used Auphonic on my phone. If I remember properly, if I recorded with Auphonic and did not upload to the Auphonic service it would save it as a WAV. The Auphonic service is great for reducing noise -- even reducing noise in music -- and I've used it to reduce noice when I've recorded while driving. Auphonic has a whole workflow where you can record, upload to their service, they process it, and they'll move the output to your Dropbox. The service is good enough that I can have my Zoom H1 recording with Auto-Level On while I drive for 20+ minutes, upload it to Auphonic, and the resulting output -- while still sounding like a car recording -- is far better than I could do by hand-tweaking stuff for endless hours. (You can an hour of processing free for a month, I think, then it's a pay service.)
Audacity can totally yank the audio stream from a video. Since I live-streamed my FAWM output and didn't also separately record the audio, I used this for what became my lo-fi album releases. I found that since I was also worried about the video, the audio quality suffered a little. When you can focus just on the audio, you can make very sure your levels are good, and that will help reduce excess noise. Uncompressed audio may be big, but video recordings can easily be bigger and won't sound as good.
I'll have to try RecForge II. When I started doing FAWM, I only recorded on my phone. I mostly recorded myself singing silly songs to my kids. Finding an application that worked was difficult. I opted for compromise.
So far, the only piece of music/recording equipment I've purchased has been my Zoom H1 "Handy Microphone". That quickly overtook the phone for my recording. It records two hours of uncompressed WAV on the SD card that came with it. Uses one AA battery that lasts for weeks unless I accidentally forget to turn it off. It records to MP3 which is nice when I have it in the car for weeks at a time before pulling it back in and getting the audio off of it.
Depending on the phone, there's all kinds of crazy microphones and stuff you can buy for it. It still fights for space on the phone, though.
My USB-C Android phone can be connected to the Zoom H1 via USB cable. I didn't end up using it on my recent vacation, but I verified that I could access the audio files on the Zoom from my phone before my trip. Note that even the USB-C backup drive I have can connect to my phone. I've not tested access there, though, as the backup drive is formatted for Mac. You could potentially carry a backup drive for the audio from your phone, though I only expect this to have any chance of working if the phone uses USB-C. (Originally USB was very specific about "host" versus "peripheral" devices.)
@yam655 Thanks for the very detailed post! Hopefully it helps someone here. For my part, RecForge II did what it was supposed to do (record in .wav format from my phone), but I really wasn't happy with the recording. Not RecForge's fault, I don't think. Rather, I could hear the acoustic sound of hitting the organ keys with my fingers. I suspect that to get a clean recording, I'd have to turn the volume way up on the organ, and probably place the phone further away from the keys. But anyway... RecForge did what it was supposed to, at least.
I'll no doubt play around with it some more at a later date.