Color me a big fan of audio recording apps that let you take notes to match what gets recorded. Not only is this a good way to keep records of important meetings in a professional level, it’s also good for students in the classroom, college students in lectures. Here’s a Mac app that does the deed.
This one is called eXtra Voice Recorder, and it works similar and is priced similar to AudioNote, a Mac app I reviewed a few years ago. Features are similar in both, but there are enough differences to prefer one over the other. Both get very good reviews from Mac App Store reviewers.
eXtra Voice Recorder starts recording when you press a hotkey combo, so it’s always ready to record. One of the more advanced features is audio file organization, with an easy way to categorize files, and search for files in a large library.
The app is easily setup and configured, too. One click to the Mac’s Menubar brings down controls and the audio library. You can add comments to each recording, split a recording into multiple recordings, and even add tags (and comments) to each segment.
As with most audio recording notes apps, eXtra Voice Recorder lets you pause and pick up recording at any time. Audio files can be exported as MPL3 or AAC audio files (good for sharing or sweetening audio in other applications, including Garageband).
What I like about eXtra Voice Recorder is the Dropbox saving options, which makes for a good backup, and makes audio files available for other apps on other devices. The note taking capability isn’t as extensive as AudioNote, but file management is much easier. There’s also a Lite version that’s limited but free and works well as a try-before-you-buy option.
Neither app gives you much in the way of audio quality enhancement tools, but work well with the Mac’s built-in microphone, and better with a good USB mic.