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Call recording app ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DrummerWrites, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. DrummerWrites

    DrummerWrites New Member

    Recent changes by Android have essentially rendered all call recording apps moot. I was wondering what others on Android phones might be using since this recent development. I freelance and often talk to sources around the country only via phone.
  2. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    Really? I haven't read anything about that anywhere else. Automatic Call Recorder is still working on my Android.

    In the days before these apps, I put the call on speakerphone and recorded with a digital recorder.

    I also used CallTrunk, but it looks like that company no longer exists. You had to pay them and then call their service, and then it dialed out to the number you wanted. You accessed your calls on their website.
  3. DrummerWrites

    DrummerWrites New Member

    ACR is what I used and it worked until the most recent Android OS update. Now, the other party does not record, only your half of the conversation records.
  4. jobless journo

    jobless journo New Member

    I had the same thing happen when I switched to a newer Android phone. ACR refused to work anymore. Try Boldbeast recorder. I bought the premium version, which works.
  5. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2019
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  6. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    I'm using Total Recall on my Galaxy S7 with no problems ...
  7. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    I can’t find this one on the App Store
  8. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    HA! In my early days, it was still possible to send audio to the station by unscrewing the top end of a payphone and attaching two alligator clips from a cord that usually connected to the earphone jack. We also could record with a coupler that fit over the receiver.
  9. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Someone suggested Temi for online transcription, which I thought did a great job until I found out it's 10 cents a minute after the trial.

    Right now, I'm actually using Google Docs with the "voice typing" function on and repeating what I hear through the headphones out loud. It's stupid but easier than sitting through 35 minutes of an interview and typing word by word.
  10. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    I use an app called Otter for transcription. It's free (as long as you don't go over 600 minutes of audio per month).

    It's not perfect, but it'll take the audio file from the recorder app and transcribe in conversational format. You can get all the info, and then go back and listen to particular sections for precise quotes or to get better clarity if it missed something.
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  11. Danwriter

    Danwriter Member

    The phone's OS update rendered the app's inoperable on that platform. The app maker will likely push through their own update. Modern problems.
  12. DrummerWrites

    DrummerWrites New Member

    Thanks for the tip on Otter! That is a wonderful option for in-person interviews and helping with transcription. I can even use that on a secondary device to record a phone interview.
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