For us iPhone users, iOS 7 is full of updates. Of course, there’s the new clean interface, the friendly control center, more emphasis on gestures, etc. But I want to bring your attention to the single most important app on my iPhone. It has gotten a major update with iOS 7, and I’m super excited about it. It’s not a third-party app, and it comes with your phone. Are you ready?
I’m talking about Voice Memos.
Yep. That largely ignored, stock app that lets you record stuff. It’s one of the most important apps on my phone. And it has gotten a whole lot better in iOS 7.
I write songs, and I use Voice Memos to record little snippets of song ideas as they come to me. I have dozens of them on there. Short recordings of guitar, melodies, rhythms. Whenever something hits me that I think is worth saving, I whip out my iPhone and my trusty Voice Memos app. It’s right there on my home screen, fast and easy. Heck, the files are all even backed up for me.
Prior to iOS 7, The app was so basic that you only had two options for titling something. It could either be a Voice Memo (essentially untitled) or an Idea. So I currently have a couple of things called “Idea” on there, and the rest are just memos because I was too lazy to re-label them (and it really wasn’t all that easy to do anyway).
But with iOS 7, the app has had a major overhaul. Now we get something that looks more like a recording app should. It has a nice little input graph and everything is on one screen. Very handy. But the best part is that you can title your recording anything you want! So my last recording is Song Descending Am Am/g F#dim. This is so much more handy than trying to rely on dates to find something I recorded in uh..late 2011 or early 2012..I think…
The new Voice Recorder interface is worth a look if you need to capture song ideas. I’ve been dealing with its limitations since my first iPhone, and feel that this release finally fixes all the (albeit minor) annoyances I’ve had with it. And if you aren’t using anything to capture those ideas that hit you in the most inconvenient places & times…why not!? This is the best tip I can give you as a songwriter–capture those ideas as they happen. You’ll probably lose them otherwise, and that’s no good for anyone.
Let me know how you capture your song ideas. Are there better apps out there? I’m also interested in what Android devices have, since I’d like to help those users out but just don’t have the knowledge of those devices.