Recording during practice is something all the best players do. Sometimes, searching through a long recording can be a total pain. For those who remember recording onto cassette tapes, you remember it was even more of a pain to try to find something you’d recorded. It was probably even harder on the first recording device, a wax cylinder, like this one, invented by Edison and his team of muckers.
It can be tough to know exactly what to record beyond a specific performance of a song or section. Sometimes, when I’ve been improvising or goofing around during the warm-up, or making a “creative error” while transcribing a solo, I really like the results. When I stumble across a neat musical idea, if I don’t stop to capture it by repeating it or writing it down, it’s gone, usually never to return. During a gig, if you’re improvising, stopping to record a cool idea is never an option. If you record the whole concert, trying to find a magical moment is time-consuming.
Now there’s an app to alleviate some of the drudgery and pain-in-the-neck of recording your ideas. The app, called Heard, is available as a freemium, but only records 12 seconds. You’ve got to upgrade to the $1.99 version to get the 5-minute buffer. Also, the app probably uses a lot of juice to keep that buffer going, so I’d suggest plugging in if you’re going to use it.
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- New iOS App Lets You Record What You Heard Five Minutes Ago (techcrunch.com)