Along with taking photos, playing games, surfing the web, taking measurements, and so much more, add creating audio recordings to the list of things an iPad can do surprisingly well.
Using the iPad's built-in microphone and apps that come preloaded on most iPads, you can record voice memos as reminders for later, insert sound clips into a document, spreadsheet, or presentation, or even record the minutes of a meeting or the music at a show.
Just don't expect the iPad to capture that music with album-like quality; it can't be everything to everyone, after all. But it really does capture decent audio without additional hardware, and the process could not be much easier.
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How to record audio on an iPad with Voice Memos
1. Tap the Voice Memos app to open it.
2. Tap the red circle to begin recording.
3. Tap the red pause button to stop recording.
That's it. You can now tap the name ("New Recording #33," e.g.) and edit it. You can tap the three blue dots under the recording if you want to edit its length, copy it, or share it.
How to record audio in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on iPad
1. Once you have a Pages document, Numbers spreadsheet, or Keynote project open, identify where you wish to insert an audio recording and tap to put your cursor there.
2. Tap the plus ("+") icon at the top of the screen.
3. Note that in Numbers there is one additional step: after tapping the "+" symbol, you also have to tap the icon on the far right of the toolbar that pops up, then select "Record Audio."
4. On any of the three apps, tap "Record Audio" and then hit "Record" at the bottom of the screen.
5. Begin dictating or hold the iPad near the audio source.
6. Tap "Stop" and then tap "Insert."
You can tap and drag the audio icon to play the recording, and if you want to reposition it later, simply drag the recording around the document, sheet, or project.