Free Expertise for Lecturers: Synth is Shutting Right down to Deal with Focusable

Synth is a podcasting device that I’ve used and shared with numerous academics since 2018. Sadly, because the title of this put up states, the house owners of Synth are shutting it right down to concentrate on their new service referred to as Focusable (a cool service that I will be writing extra about within the subsequent difficulty of the Sensible Ed Tech Publication). In keeping with the e-mail despatched to customers final night time, Synth will likely be shutting down on October thirteenth. 

If you end up now on the lookout for some alternate options to Synth, listed below are my options for instruments to strive. 

Easy Audio Recording Instruments

I have been utilizing Vocaroo for greater than a decade. It is extremely easy to make use of. Simply head to the location, click on the document button, and begin speaking. While you’re completed recording hit the cease button. You’ll be able to hearken to your recording earlier than downloading it as an MP3. Should you do not like your recording you’ll be able to create a brand new one by simply refreshing the homepage and beginning once more.

On-line Voice Recorder affords the identical simplicity of Vocaroo plus a few options that I’ve all the time wished Vocaroo had. A type of options is the flexibility to pause a recording in progress and resume it once I wish to. The opposite characteristic is the choice to trim the useless air initially and finish of a recording.

Twisted Wave
Twisted Wave affords many extra options than both of the instruments talked about above. However at it is most simple stage you’ll be able to nonetheless simply head to the location, launch the recorder, begin speaking, after which export your recording as an MP3 all with out creating an account on the location. For individuals who are on the lookout for a method to save audio instantly into Google Drive, Twisted Wave affords that functionality. 

Watch this video for a brief overview of all three of the providers talked about above. 


Anchor is an easy and free platform for recording, modifying, and distributing podcasts. Recording on Anchor might be so simple as simply holding down the document button in your cellphone or in your laptop computer after which releasing it once you’re accomplished speaking. Anchor helps you to add exterior audio recordsdata to incorporate in your podcast. Lastly, if you wish to distribute your podcast to Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Podcasts, Spotify (Anchor’s mother or father firm) or another giant podcast networks, Anchor simplifies that course of for you. Watch the video right here to discover ways to publish a podcast by means of Anchor.

Asynchronous Audio Conversations

Microsoft Flip made its title as a service for academics and college students to make use of to document and share brief movies with one another. However there have been some academics and college students who most popular to not seem on digital camera. To treatment that, for just a few years I might suggest that individuals simply cowl the webcam when recording. However now Flip has an audio-only recording choice. You may discover that choice within the “choices” menu that seems once you launch the recorder that’s constructed into Flip. See the screenshot beneath to find the audio-only choice in Microsoft Flip.

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