Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

The HandyRecorder app allows you to record high-quality audio with your iOS device. Use it with a ZOOM iQ5 mic, which is designed to capture audio of the best quality with iOS devices, and record using the high-fidelity linear PCM and space-saving AAC formats. This app includes normalize and divide functions that can be used on recorded files. In addition, it has compressor, EQ and reverb effects. Moreover, you can directly upload your recordings from Handy Recorder to the SoundCloud file-sharing site, allowing you to bring your creations to the world over the Internet.

■ Stereo linear PCM and AAC recording
-You can record files using either high-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit linear PCM format or AAC format at a selectable compression rate of 64, 128 or 160 kbps.
-The AUTO REC function can be used to start and stop recording automatically in response to the input signal level.

■ Works like a hardware recorder
-The operation screen was designed to simulate a ZOOM hardware Handy Recorder, so this app is as easy to operate as these products.

■ Effects
-Recorded files can be processed using the included effects.
-Processed recordings can also be saved as separate files.
-Use the NORMALIZE function to optimize the volume.

■File editing
-In addition to deleting files, you can use the divide function to split files at the point that you want.

■Uploading to SoundCloud
-The app includes a function that allows you to upload your recordings directly to the SoundCloud audio-sharing site. You can name your recordings and make sharing settings in the Handy Recorder app.

■Optimized for the iQ5
-By using the iQ5 in MS recording mode, you can adjust the stereo width.
-Select from three AUTO GAIN settings (CONCERT, SOLO, MEETING) according to the application.*
-Use the DIRECT MONITOR function to monitor the input signal through the headphones jack on the iQ5 without latency
-The left and right channels of the iQ5 input signal can be reversed.*
*These setting are saved in the iQ5 itself and will be applied when using it with other apps.

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Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPod Touch

Accessibility Comments

The app is fully accessible as far as I have been able to test. Clicking the Effects, Share, File or Menu buttons adds new options to the upper part of the screen. The same goes for clicking on an effect in the Effects screen. This is not very intuitive to VoiceOver users, but is perfectly accessible. The buttons labeled |> and

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Other Comments

This app has been designed with the Zoom iQ5 microphone in mind, but it works well with other mics too. The one thing to note is that version has few export options.

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Submitted by Misty Dawn on Friday, April 18, 2014

If you record something you don't want to save, how do you delete that previous recording and start over new without saving that old recording?

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Friday, April 18, 2014

Also, I can't seem to figure out how to save the audio effects I put on my files. I record the file, select the effect and then save it, but only the bare file saves without the effects.

Submitted by Bobcat on Saturday, January 9, 2016

I just got the zoom IQ5 microphone. Can not adjust the playback volume when monitoring on headphones using the controls on the iPhone. HandyRecorder is needed to set the playback level. This setting is saived in the microphone and is then used with other apps. Unfortunately, that is one control That VoiceOver does not see. So, I need sighted help to set the playback level. I can't find that slider or control anywhere.
Another problem with the app is that Ican't tell whether I've paused recording or not.
Another problem is turning on direct monitoring causes VoiceOver to stop speaking.

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