Audio Capture & Editing: iOS

image of microphone, headphones, and computer

photo by Jennifer J Buckner ©2014


Audio is not a new modality to composition studies, a field many would argue is grounded in its history with orality and rhetoric. The nature of orality shifts though with digital orality, integrating a variety of sources and features with inscribed sound. Through layered tracks, audio edits, and music imports, digital audio provides a means for asynchronous composition of a compressed, temporal artifact.


Featured Audio Apps

A. SoundCloud

Imagine crowd-sourced audio file sharing meets your remediated tape recorder. SoundCloud is an easy-to-use application that works well for recording live sounds to share with others. Working primarily as a “capture” technology, SoundCloud is designed to network your sounds with others (or protect sounds as private). Users can network with other SoundCloud users as well as interface their sounds with existing social media interfaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Tweetdeck, Google+) and email. SoundCloud does not provide editing capabilities in the app; however, users can download SoundCloud files and import them into audio editing software (e.g. Audacity).


  • Record sounds

  • Pause and resume during recordings

  • Customize sound sharing features as public or private

  • Customize listening experience with a visual player

  • Network with other SoundCloud users (i.e. published sounds show up in linked feeds)

  • Network recorded sounds with social media apps (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Tweetdeck, Google+)

  • Share sounds with those outside of your SoundCloud network with a simple email

  • Receive push notifications about activity in your SoundCloud feed


SoundCloud Help


B. Hokusai Audio Editing by Wooji Juice

This audio editing application has many features found in open source audio editing software for free, (assuming you can live with a 1 inch add in the footer). You can record, edit, import, mix, filter, and export/transfer within the interface using recognizable gestures and icons. The interface is simple to understand and quick to navigate. More advanced users can upgrade to remove ads and


  • Record sounds (built in microphone, line in, USB)

  • Import music from your music library

  • Build a multi-track project combining sound recordings and tracks

  • Trim and cut audio clips

  • Convert btwn mono and stereo (stereo allows to edit right & left channels)

  • Import various file types (Wave .wav, Core Audio .caf, .aiff, MPEG .mp3, .m4a and .aac) from iTunes (and export your audio back into iTunes)

  • Mix and merge multiple tracks into one

  • Generate audio effects (synthesizer, white noise)

  • Use free filters (fade in, fade out, gain, normalize, silence, reverse)

  • Upgrade for variety of advanced filters ($1.99-9.99)

  • Export to uncompressed (.wav) or compressed (.aac) files

  • Transfer files to Dropbox (share via public Dropbox folder)

  • Share files with other audio apps (use open in…)


In-App Manual: Click “Help” in My Documents from the Project Actions Menu

Quick Start:

Quick Start in downloadable pdf format Hokusai Audio Editing Quick Start Guide

Support site:

  post by Jennifer J Buckner

Further Reading in Audio Composition

Ahern, Katie. “Tuning the Sonic Playing Field: Teaching Ways of Knowing Sound in First-Year Writing.” Computers and Composition. 30 (2013): 75-86. Print.

Comstock, Michelle and Mary E. Hocks “Voice in the Cultural Soundscape: Sonic Literacy in Composition Studies.” Computers and Composition Online. 2006. Web.

Dyson, Frances. Sounding New Media: Immersion and Embodiment in the Arts and Culture. Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 2009. Print.

Halbritter, Bump. “Musical Rhetoric in Integrated-Media Composition.” Computers and Composition. 23 (2006): 317-334. Print.

Palmeri, Jason. Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy.    Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. Print.

Selfe, Cynthia. “The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal   Composing.” College Composition and Communication. 60.4 (2009): 616-663.     Print.

Welch, Kathleen E. Electric Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric, Oralism, and a New Literacy. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. 1999. Print.

Whitney, Allison. “Cultivating Sonic Literacy in the Humanities Classroom.”  Music,  Sound, and Moving Images. 2.2 (2008): 145-148. Print.



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