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How To

Using an iPad, iPod, or iPhone to record samples

Recording Samples

  1. Download the free version of iTalk Recorder to your Apple device.
  2. Open iTalk.
  3. Choose a recording quality; it's OK to go with "Good" if you are in a quiet environment.
  4. Press the big record button.
  5. Press the record button again to pause or stop.
  6. Add a "Recording Name" (speaker id, context, and date; e.g., P123 Expo 5/12/2014).
  7. Press "Done" to switch to the review screen.
  8. Mistake recordings can be erased by pressing "Edit" in top left. The delete feature works as it does in all Apple apps.
  9. To make another recording, press "Record" in the top right.

Transferring Samples to a Computer:

  1. Plug your device into a computer with the cord used for charging and syncing.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. If your device is set so it should NOT automatically sync when plugged in:
    • Look on the left panel for "Devices".
    • Click on the name of your device.
    • Click on the "Apps" button towards the top center.
    • In the "Apps" box on the left, click iTalk.
  4. All audio files from the iTalk app will appear on the right in the "iTalk Documents" box. Click on the audio file you want and then click "Save to" to save it wherever you prefer. Generally it makes sense to use one folder to hold all your audio files and then you can subdivide into more folders, e.g., one for each speaker. If you ask SALT Transcription Services to send you the Standard Measures Report or any other analysis, they can send you a PDF that you can save directly into that speaker's folder along with the transcript. This is especially helpful when you use SALT to compare different speaking contexts (e.g., narration vs. conversation) or to monitor progress (Time 1 vs. Time 2 for retelling the same story).
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