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And now for text if you prefer reading….
I tend to conduct numerous email interviews. I like email interviews because it’s easier to not misquote the person you interviewed. But I also need to be prepared for phone interviews. That means I need a decent recording application.
Today’s tutorial encompasses how you can transfer audio files from other recording applications into Scrivener.
I use SuperNote, a recording app for the iPhone. SuperNote has the capability to upload an audio file directly into Dropbox and from Dropbox I can download it into iTunes. From my iTunes song library, I simply drag the recording into the research section of that particular project (if you’re curious, I’m writing an article about invasive species in the Adirondacks).
In the research section, you’ll see a file with a musical note. Click on it, and it will open to a black page in the editor. At the bottom, you’ll see the play, pause, rewind and forward controls along with the volume control to the left, and to the right a tiny rewind control for when you pause it and want to hear what was said a few seconds earlier.
Scrivener also provides an internal recording application. You can find it under Project->New Media File->New Audio Note.
A few things to note, and this is important! Before you click New Audio Note, you need to be in the research folder. This is the only place where you’ll be able to save it. If you’re conducting an interview and you’re in the draft section of the binder, you will lose the entire recording! I suggest you create a recordings folder in the research section, label it as Recordings or Interviews. Hit the expansion button to open it.
Now…go back to New Audio Note. A window will open.
If you’re recording from text you’ve written, you can move the window to another part of the screen so as not block it. To record, hit the red button and start speaking. Once you’re done, hit save. The interviw will go directly into the recording file in the research section. Next label the file with the person’s name or the topic and date it.
And that, dear readers, is how you record in Scrivener!