Yes. Roadcast has all features of a classic field recorder and many advantages. However, we recommend that you first try Roadcast in practice for a couple of weeks before selling your old device.
Roadcast and Roadcast Free are identical except for these differences:
- Roadcast Free can only record plain WAV files (CD quality) which results in a large file size. The full version of Roadcast supports compressed file formats (MP3 and M4A) and offers various quality presets so you can find the right balance between file size and sound quality.
- Roadcast has a powerful upload manager included that allows you to upload multiple recordings at once to Dropbox, Soundcloud or to an FTP server. With Roadcast Free you can only export your recordings as e-mail attachments (if not exceeding 25 MB) or with iTunes Filesharing.
Yes, user feedback suggests the sound quality of the iPhone’s internal microphone is sufficient for broadcasting in most cases. However, we recommend using an external microphone to further improve your recordings.
There are several microphones available for purchase that you can attach directly to your iPhone:
- The Røde iXY / Røde iXY-L is the best microphone that we have tested yet. It is quite robust, and it seems to be well shielded against the electromagnetic interference that the phone is emitting, so you can even record without switching your iPhone to flight mode. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive.
- The Zoom iQ5B has a built-in compressor and customizable microphone characteristics.
- The Tascam iM2X and the Tascam iM2 are inexpensive microphones for the iPhone 4 / 4s. Tascam claims that those microphones are “the same high quality as TASCAM’s best-selling DR-series recorders”. They produce a nice sound but, unfortunately, they are not shielded against electromagnetic interference so you will have to activate the flight mode on your iPhone to avoid noise.
Moreover you can use every microphone that can be plugged in the iPhone’s 3.5 mm jack. For example:
No. (Not yet.)
Roadcast is just as simple and intuitive to use as the iPhone’s built-in voice recorder. Maybe it’s even a little simpler. However, it comes with a wealth of useful features that have been specially designed for professional recording. As a radio reporter you will learn to highly appreciate those features:
- Optimized for professional microphones: Some recorder apps crash when an external microphone is attached to the connector or prefer to use the iPhone’s internal microphone even though a high quality external microphone is available. Roadcast automatically detects the right microphone but still allows you to change the input route.
- One-Tap-Recording: We know that a moment doesn’t come twice and sometimes you need to start a recording within a second. No matter where you are in the Roadcast app you can always return to the recorder with only one tap – even when you are uploading files.
- Powerful Upload Manager: You can quickly select multiple files and upload them at once. The upload doesn’t block the app so you don’t need to wait until the upload has finished to continue working.
- Auto Naming: Roadcast can automatically rename your files when you upload them. You can compose a file name format from various blocks, for example you can always put your name at the beginning of each audio file’s name.
- Smooth touchable waveform supports zooming.
- Roadcast supports multiple audio formats: WAV, MP3 or M4A.
- A visual warning appears when memory is running low.
Most hardware field recorders pause the recording when you press the record button a second time. In practice this can mean you accidentally press the record button twice without realizing it and you record the opposite of what you want. The important sound pieces of an interview are lost and the outtakes recorded.
For this reason we have introduced a new feature in Roadcast: The standard record button turns into the record button when you start a recording. When you tap the button again Roadcast will begin a new track rather than stopping the recording. The outtakes and important information are separated on the go, ready to be deleted when you have time to think. When you press the record button you can always be sure that Roadcast is recording.
In the track list select Tools in the upper right corner of the screen, tap the upload icon in the toolbar and chose from the following options:
- Upload to your Dropbox
- Share on Soundcloud
- Send via e-mail
- Upload to an FTP server
Once complete you can download the audio files to your computer.
When your iPhone is connected to your computer with a USB cable you can use iTunes file sharing as well:
- Open iTunes.
- Click on the iPhone icon.
- Select “Apps”.
- Scroll down to “File Sharing” and select Roadcast from the list.
- Drag’n’drop the respective folder(s) to your computer.
Note: Due to iTunes limitations you can only download a whole box at once. You cannot copy individual files to your hard drive.