In this blog post we’ll talk about what we consider to be the 2 best apps to record a phone call for Android and iOS.
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The difficulties of recording a phone call
A lot of interviews are conducted through phone these days. Possibly you want to playback your interview in the future or automatically transcribe it. To do these things you will have to record your interview. But when you wanted to record your interview, you ran into a problem: the only recording device you own is your phone, which you need to make the phone call.
Perhaps you have tried recording the interview with a 2nd phone or microphone, maybe you thought of other creative solutions to solve this problem. Unfortunately, the audio on most of these solutions is quite bad, this makes it really hard for our software to automatically transcribe your interview.
Luckily there is a solution. It is possible to record the interview with the same phone you are using for the interview, and with good quality. Here’s our take on the 2 best apps to record a phone call for Android and iOS.
However, you will quickly find that the sound and recording quality suffers greatly. This makes the audio recording almost unusable for further processing in a transcription software like Amberscript , because the quality is crucial for an accurate transcription.
TIP: if you want the best results for our speech to text software, it is advised to keep the microphone close to your mouth. Ask your interviewee to do the same. Putting the phone on speaker mode and laying it down on the table will negatively affect the audio quality.
The 2 Best Apps to Record a Phone Call
Down below we will mention our favorite apps, which can be used for recording phone calls. Both apps are available for Android users and one of the apps is available for iOS users. With these recordings, our speech-to-text software will be able to transcribe your audio files.
Automatic Call Recorder: The best Android call recorder for speech-to-text
The Automatic Call Recorder app is completely free and extremely easy to use. After installing the app it will automatically record all incoming and outgoing phone calls. Your interviewee will not be able to notice this, therefore it is good courtesy to ask for permission beforehand.
Recordings in Inbox will automatically be removed as time passes, making room for new recordings. If there is a recording you want to keep, you can tap on it and choose the option ‘Save’. The recording will stay here until you decide to remove it. These recordings can be transcribed by our speech to text software.
With the free version you have room to store 300 conversations. In our experience, this is more than enough. If you need more than 300 conversations, a pro version is also available. With the pro version (€5,99) you have the possibility to save up to 1000 conversations.
Automatic Call Recorder
- Easy to use
- Automatic removal of old recordings
- Free version stores up to 300 conversations
- Pro version stores up to 1000 conversations
The best iOS call recorder for speech-to-text
TapeACall is an app that can be used on iOS. The app is free for download, but unfortunately, some of the features need to be unlocked by in-app purchases.
The app also not as easy to use as Automatic Call Recorder. The app does offer unlimited recording, backup in the cloud, and instant sharing options. You can also purchase the Pro version for $10.99.
To start recording a call you have to open the app and tap the big red record button in the app. After you tap the button a conference call will start between you and a line from TapeACall. Now you can add someone to the call and your conversation will be recorded. In your phone, a contact will appear named TapeACall.
If you get called you can record the conversation by adding the TapeACall contact to the call. The conversation will be recorded from the moment the contact is added to the call. By using this app you can transcribe phone calls to text.
Which app is the best choice for Amberscript software
The Automatic Call Recorder is our favorite voice recording app, because it is free and easier to use. Unfortunately, this app is only available on Android. Luckily TapeACall offers a good alternative for people using iPhones with iOS. Both apps do equally well for speech-to-text purposes.
“So now you know how to record phone calls, but is it actually legal to do so? Well, this is a bit complicated because the laws about recording phone calls differ from state to state. There are two categories concerning telephone recording laws:
- Two-party notification: Both parties participating in the phone call have to give consent about the call being recorded
- One-party notification: only one party being recorded has to give consent
Note: If you call from a state where only one party consent is required to a state where two-party consent is required the two-party law takes precedence.
“Here is a list of states with two party consent laws, all other states have one party consent laws:
- New Hampshire
When you want to publish a transcribed phone call to text other laws may apply. The same goes for publishing the audio file in itself.
How to create transcripts with Amberscript
As mentioned above, you can easily convert any audio or speech file to text with Amberscript. Transcription with Amberscript is very easy. Follow these four steps:
Here is each step of transcribing with Amberscript explained
Upload your file(s) to the Amberscript platform and choose between automatic and professional (human) transcription. Choose the languages of your audio that best suit your needs (several languages are available including English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French). Our experienced freelancers are native speakers and can transcribe your files with the utmost accuracy.
With automatic transcription, our transcription software will create a first draft of your transcript in a short time. You can then view this and edit and perfect it in our intuitive online editor. Our automatic transcription software is already up to 85% accurate. However, it is still a machine and errors can occur, especially with specific vocabulary. To avoid these, you can also try our new Glossary/Dictionary feature!
Once you’ve finished editing and are happy with your transcript, you can export it in a format of your choice. Amberscript has all common file formats for import and export.
Frequently asked questions
Do you transcribe files with multiple speakers?
Yes, our software can transcribe multi-speaker files and can also distinguish different speakers in the transcript. Different speakers will be indicated as ”speaker 1”, ”speaker 2”, etc. You can rename speakers in the online editor.
How can I improve the accuracy of the transcript?
The accuracy can be improved by ensuring that the quality of the audio in your file is the best it can possibly be. Want to know how to optimize your audio? Read it here!
How can AI be used for transcription?
A branch of AI is speech recognition technology, which is used by some companies to create virtual personal assistents. Companies like Amberscript train machines to be able to automatically recognize speech, which is the core of the automatic transcription tool.
How do automatic transcription services work?
In a few words, the software “listens” to the audio, identifies the words used and returns it into a text format. That is possible through the use of sophisticated speech recognition technology. In brief, such systems are composed of acoustic and linguistic components running on one or several computers. You can read more about it here.
How do I export my transcript?
To export your transcript, simply click the ”Export” button in the online editor on the top left of the screen. Choose your preferred text format in the pop-up screen and then click export and your text file will automatically download.
How do I get more accurate transcripts?
The quality of the audio greatly affects the accuracy of the transcripts, for both manual and automatic transcriptions. In our blog you can read about how you can easily improve your audio quality.