Why Record Your Own?
My grandma used to record books on tape for us and I loved listening to them before bed. It is something that always made me feel closer to her, even though we didn’t see her very often. It also fostered my love for reading and stories. And I learned a lot, listening to those books over and over through the years.
I started recording my own because my oldest son Godric had trouble settling at bedtime. We would do our normal routine: read him a book, say prayers, and brush teeth. When we left his room, we would turn on his books to listen to as he drifted off to sleep.
Beyond calming him, I want my children to have something permanent to give to their children and grandchildren. I like the idea that, should anything ever happen to me, they could still have their mom (or grandma) read to them before bed.
Tutorial For the iPhone
The goal for me was to add personality to the characters and the book- without making it too stimulating (because there’s no need to wake a baby with a misplaced WHOA! in the book!).
Note: When I switched to an Android, I was able to use an app called Smart Recorder.
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embarrassed by my apps?
Open the application and you can click the record button (the red one) to start recording. I made sure there weren’t any aggravating background noises.
As you record, you can pause as needed to take a sip of water or to grab the next book. You just push the red button to start and stop. When you’re done, click DONE (to the right of the big red button) and title your recording.
You can click on your recording now and you will see three options. The weird box with the arrow through it on the bottom left is what you want.
Click on it and choose “mail”… Then you can email yourself the recording. My 20 minute recording was a small enough file to send through to my gmail account.
Want to transfer tapes to CD or audio format? I wrote a blog post about transferring my Grandma’s cassette readings onto CD.