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Apple’s iPhone, iPad and some iPod models include the Voice Memos application that lets you record audio memos or entire meetings on the device. The mobile device stores the recorded audio memos in your iTunes media library when you synchronize the device with your computer. To edit Voice Memos stored in the iTunes library, you’ll need to use third-party audio software because iTunes doesn’t include an audio-editing tool.
Third-Party Software Options
Apple devices save Voice Memo files in MPEG-4 audio file format with the M4A file extension, so you’ll need audio-editing software that can handle this file format. Audacity Beta with the FFMpeg Library plug-in, Wavosaur or GoldWave can all edit M4A files. Audacity Beta and Wavosaur are both open source programs that are free to download and use. GoldWave offers a free trial, but requires a license after the trial period expires. Download your preferred audio-editing software and install it on your computer so that you can edit the Voice Memo file.
Locating the Voice Memo Audio File
The iTunes media library remembers the computer folder location of all tracks and audio clips, including Voice Memo files, transferred when you synchronize the mobile device with your computer. To edit the clip, locate the file on your computer. Do this by selecting the Voice Memos playlist in Playlists section in the left navigation pane of the iTunes program window. Right-click the Voice Memo file that you want to edit and then select the “Show in Windows Explorer” option from the context menu. ITunes opens the folder that contains the audio file.
Opening the Voice Memo Audio File
After launching your preferred audio-editing program, open the Voice Memo audio file by dragging it from the computer folder and dropping it onto the program’s window. The program displays the audio file as a timeline in a viewing pane with the editing tools and playback controls under this pane or in a separate control panel window. Before editing the voice memo, play back the file to identify which parts to cut during the editing process.
Editing the Voice Memo Audio File
After identifying the audio that you want to remove from the voice memo, click on the audio timeline and drag the mouse pointer to highlight the relevant audio segment. Click the “Cut” tool button to remove the selected portion of the audio file. Press the “Play” button to preview your changes. If you’ve cut too little or too much from the file, select “Undo” from the “Edit” menu to undo the edit. Because the Cut tool copies and removes the audio, you can paste a cut section into another part of the file. Click on the audio timeline at the position where you want to add the audio and then select “Paste.” Repeat the cut and paste procedure until you’ve removed all unwanted sections of audio or moved them to a different position in the timeline. Save your file to store the edits.
Trimming Voice Memos Stored on the Device
If you just want to remove the beginning or end of a Voice Memo file, use the Trim function in the Voice Memo app on your Apple mobile device as an alternative to editing the file stored in the iTunes media library. To trim a Voice Memo file, tap the right-arrow button next to the file name in the list of recordings and then tap “Trim Memo.” Select the portion of audio that you want to retain by dragging the edges of the audio region. Press the “Play” button to preview the recording and then tap “Trim Voice Memo” to save the trimmed file.
You want to save a passing thought, but you’re not sure how. The built-in Voice Memos app allows you to record your voice and save your ideas for later. In this article, I’ll show you how to record a voice on an iPhone using the Voice Memos app!
How To Record A Voice On An iPhone
To record a voice on your iPhone, begin by opening the Voice Memos app. To start recording your voice, tap the record button, which looks like a red circle.
After tapping the record button, speak into the microphone of your iPhone. Think of it like making a phone call, except no one is on the other end!
When you’re finished, tap the record button again to stop the recording. To playback your voice recording, tap the play button to the left of the record button.
If you’re satisfied with your recording, tap Done to the right of the recording button. Type in a name for the recording and tap Save.
How To Trim A Voice Memo On An iPhone
If you want trim part of your voice recording, tap the blue square button on the right side of the screen. Drag the vertical red line at either side of the voice recording to trim it.
Once you’re satisfied with the trim, tap Trim on the right side of the display. You can also delete the trim or cancel it altogether. After trimming your voice memo, tap Done and give the memo a name.
How To Delete A Voice Memo
To delete a Voice Memo on your iPhone, open the Voice Memos app and swipe right to left on your iPhone. Then, tap the red Delete button that appears. You’ll know the Voice Memo has been deleted when it no longer appears in the app.
How To Share Your Voice Memo
If you want to share your iPhone voice recording with someone, tap on the memo in the Voice Memos app, then tap the blue share button that appears just below the play button. From here, you can choose to share your memo via Messages, Mail, and a few other apps!
Note To Self: Voice Memos Are Awesome!
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