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How to Record Voice Memos on iPhone

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: DaniellaNicole•updated: 9/28/2009

Here are some tips for recording proper Voice Memos on the iPhone 3G with the iPhone 3.0 update.

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    The Voice Memos feature given to iPhone 3G users through the iPhone 3.0 update can be a difficult experience. Once you have updated your iPhone 3G to iPhone 3.0 it may be simple to figure out how exactly to record Voice Memo, but how to do it well and what it is used for best may seem odd to most users. This is especially true since most texts written about the Voice Memos feature is geared toward those with the iPhone 3Gs, which is slightly different than those with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3.0 update. Here are a few tips for effectively using the iPhone 3.0's Voice Memo function on the iPhone 3G.

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    Microphone Distance

    One of the biggest difficulties people seem to have with recording Voice Memos on their iPhone 3Gs is that they are either getting too faint of audio or are blowing out the sound by making it too loud and creating distorted noise. The best way to avoid this is to get a good proximity between your mouth and your iPhone 3G. This means keeping between six and ten inches away, and maybe slightly farther in very quiet environments.

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    Interference is going to be a problem with all recording devices, and the Voice Memos on the iPhone 3Gs are no different. One problem is that there are no sound insulation devices on the iPhone 3G's microphone. This means that distractions like wind noise is a major problem, and should be avoided when making recordings. Try to do them inside a fairly well-insulated area.

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    Voice Memos

    These Voice Memos really need to be short for them to work in the iPhone environment. You can make them longer, but they end up being fairly useless. These are supposed to be short notes that you can reference easily, and if you record long audio pieces, you are not going to be able to use them for information. The best way to do this is to constantly update your collection of Voice Memos and do not keep them on there for too long. The best way to do that is too keep a weekly log.