Best voice memo apps for iPad: CaptureAudio, Recordium, and more!

The best voice memo apps for iPad from basic recording to advanced annotation and everything in between!

Whether you're a student attending lectures or a professional with a need to record meetings or conference calls, voice memo and audio recording apps are a must have for lots of people. While the iPhone has one built right in, the iPad does not. Luckily, the App Store more than makes up for it with plenty of very good voice memo alternatives. From basic recording to advanced annotation, which one is the best, and more specifically, which one is the best for you? Here are out favorites!


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Best voice memo apps for iPad: capture audio

CaptureAudio lets you record audio notes while taking typed notes at the same time. This makes it an ideal option for students who want to record lecture notes. Any audio notes you take can then be synced up to Dropbox and accessed on your iPhone or other iOS device. The most unique feature of CaptureAudio is its flagging system that allows you to easily drop a flag into a recording for easy access later. It's great for conference calls, lectures, or any other kind of audio recording where you need to remember to follow up on certain items. CaptureAudio is a universal download for both iPhone and iPad.

If most of your audio recordings require follow up on your part, CaptureAudio's unique flagging system makes it well worth a look.

Recorder for Dropbox

Best voice memo apps for iPad: Recorder for Dropbox

Recorder for Dropbox is about as barebones as a voice memo app can get. Just link up your Dropbox, hit the record button, and you're done. That's really all there is to it. There are no time limits on recordings so as long as you've got space in Dropbox, you can record all you'd like. Recorder for Dropbox also uses direct MPEG-4 compression which means your files are super small without sacrificing quality. A compelling feature of Recorder for Dropbox that makes it ideal for teams and workgroups is that it supports multiple Dropbox accounts. If you've got a work account and a personal account, you can link up both and just toggle between them. Recorder for Dropbox is a universal app for both iPhone and iPad.

If you want a simple, clean interface that lets you record without frills and extras, get Recorder for Dropbox.

Recorder App Pro

Best voice memo apps for iPad: Recorder App Pro

Recorder App Pro is one of the more advanced audio recording apps available and has extra features such as a private recordings section that's password protected, advanced trimming and clipping options, auto-pause for when long silences are recognized, and more. Somehow Recorder App Pro managed to squeeze in quite a few advanced features without sacrificing interface and design. It's not only one of the most advanced audio recording apps, it's also one of the best designed too. Recorder App Pro syncs with lots of cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync, and lots more. It's also a universal download for iPhone and iPad.

If you want an all-in-one audio recording solution that doesn't compromise on much of anything, get Recorder App Pro.


Best voice memo apps for iPad: Recordium

Recordium lets you record audio notes in just a tap but where it really excels is annotation. Not only can you mark certain parts of audio recordings, you can add attachment including text notes, images, and more. Recordium also comes with advanced trimming features that let you remove parts of audio recordings that you don't need. The file management system inside Recordium is also one of the better ones we've seen since it's got support not only for filing things in folders, but tagging them as well.

If you're more worried about editing tools than anything else where audio recordings are concerned, get Recordium.

Your picks?

These are our favorite voice memo apps for iPad given how we need to work with them, but we know you guys always have great suggestions too. Let us know what you're using to record audio on your iPad, if anything. Why did you pick it over all the other options?

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.