Voice Record Pro guide

Get the app

Voice Record Pro is available for Android and iOS.

The app is free and fully functional. 

There is an paid option which removes the advertising from the screen but doesn’t affect the app’s operation in any way.

Installing the app on your phone

1. Find Voice Record Pro in your app store

Follow the procedure to install Voice Record Pro as you would with any app from the App Store.

The screen images here are from an Android phone. Apple iOS devices vary slightly but the app is largely identical

 

2. Allow the app to save files on your device

During the installation you will be prompted to grant the app permissions.

It must be able to read and write media files. This allows your recordings to be saved to your phone.

Grant this permission.

 

3. Give the app access to the microphone

The app must connect to the phone’s microphone(s) in order to make a recording.

Grant this permission.

Configuring the settings

1. Set-up cloud services

These steps will let you export an audio file directly to your Google Drive.

1. Select Google Drive

2. Choose ‘Export to Google Drive’

3. Follow the prompts to enter your Google Account username and password.

If you’re using an Android device it is likely that you are already logged into your Google Account by default, in which case you won’t need to enter that information.

Depending on your Google Account security settings, you may be prompted to authenticate this connection with a secondary code, or by confirming you agree in one of Google’s own apps.

4. Voice Record Pro will create a folder at the top level of your Google Drive into which any audio files you export will be saved. 

You can return to these settings later by clicking on the cloud symbol from the app homepage.

 

2. Configure audio settings

Press the red Record button to see the Record File Settings.

Voice Record Pro allows you to record in many different file formats. Our project uses 44.1kHz WAV files for best sound quality and compatibility with editing software.

Click “Advanced”

Apply these settings:

  • Record Format: WAV (PCM)
  • Sample Rate: 44,100 Hz
  • Channels: Mono or Stereo (very few phones have stereo mics)

Once these settings are used, they will be saved as the default, so you only have to do this once. 

File size v quality

WAV files, while great quality, are larger than some other audio file types. This is because, unlike mp3 and aac files, wavs do not destroy nuances of the sound with bitrate reduction compression.

Ensure you have 11 MB of space on your phone for every minute of audio you want to record in wav format.

For example, a 10 minute interview will require about 110 MB of space on your phone.

Once you have exported files to Google Drive you can safely delete them from the app, and recover the maximum available space on your device.

Making a recording

1. Prepare your phone

Ensure your recording won’t be interrupted.

Check your battery level.

Audio recording does not heavily drain batteries in the way video recording can but you’ll want to ensure your phone doesn’t run flat during a recording.

Switch off any notifications that make noises or vibrate your device.

Flip your device into ‘flight mode’ to switch off the mobile network connection, Bluetooth and wifi receivers.

This will also prevent your mobile from ringing should somebody call you during your recording.

2. Record

Press the red Record button a second time to start recording.

Hold the phone firmly like this, using a windshield over the microphone and being careful not to touch any buttons on the side or the back of the device

Hold the microphone quite close to the mouth of the person speaking, especially if you are in a noisy environment or a lively acoustic.

Small rooms with lots of hard surfaces tend to be the most lively. 

As a rough guide, 3 to 6 inches away should work well in most cases but use your ears to judge. 

Press the blue and white square Stop button to end recording and remember to restore your data connection by switching out of Flight Mode.

Saving a recording

1. Rename the file

By default, the filename will be made from the date and time of your recording. For example:

20190422-102200pm.wav

You and other project volunteers will probably find it easier to identify your file if you give it a sensible name. For example:

Dave interviews The Queen in Rake.wav

 You can do this by clicking Rename File once your recording has finished.

Type in the new name of the file and click the tick to save.

2. Prepare to export

From the home menu, click the file you want to export.

Then choose ‘Save to Google Drive’ and click the ‘Save button’.

Check the information relating to the file and click ”Export”. On the iPhone version of the app, this is called ‘Upload’.

If the file is large you may want to wait until you are on a wifi connection before uploading. This will avoid eating into your mobile account data allowance.

 

 

3. Export your file

You will see the progress made by the file as it uploads to your Google Drive.

 

 

4. Complete the upload

Once the file has been fully uploaded to your Google Drive you will see a confirmation message.

 

 

5. Check your file in Google Drive

Voice Record Pro creates a folder at the top level of your Google Drive.

Open the Google Drive app on your phone or go to https://drive.google.com to see it.

You should see your file and its accompanying metadata file.

You can now share these files as you would any item saved in your Google Drive.

We recommend you turn on Link Sharing, create a link to the file and submit the link via the Intake form on this site.