Back in the days before Facebook and iPhones, I walked around my college campus with a mini-cassette recorder to capture my freshman year pontificating about all aspects of life. It’s amazing how lengthy and involved some of those reflections were.
After a while I started holding forth verbally less and rocking out musically more, using the recorder to get all my songwriting ideas down right away.
For as advanced as the iPhone is–and it includes a built-in voice memo recording app–it wasn’t until I started using the app Say & Go that I started treating the phone as a suitable replacement for that Sony tiny tape recorder.
First, let me show you how I use the app, then I’ll show you a few of the under-the-hood settings you can tweak.
A brilliant idea comes my way, I grab my phone, and launch Say & Go:
Because of how I have the app configured, the second I tap the app icon, it starts recording:
The app intentionally limits recording length to anywhere between 4 and 15 seconds. I find 9 seconds is a good amount of time to get most ideas down. But what if I want to record a song snippet?
I can simply swipe right or tap on “Longer Recording” in the image above to get a minute-long option:
As if this isn’t sleek enough (and what a sweet, elegant layout this app has), the best part of the app is what’s next: I can now send my recording to an email address of my choosing, or set the app to save the recording to my Dropbox or… wait for it… to Evernote.
All I had to do was enter my Evernote email-to address in the “Default E-mail Recipient” line above. Now, after a single tap on the icon on my home screen, all my recordings go straight into Evernote as soon as the recording time runs out. Impressive.
There are a few other customizable settings. In the short workflow described above, I have “Autostart” enabled, but you don’t have to:
And here are some of the other settings you can adjust:
It’s a brilliantly designed and useful app. Read more about it here.