Cinch is a simple sound recorder which will let you record and upload simple audio files. You can record via the Cinch website or you can download an app which will do the same job on your iPhone / iPod touch / Android phone.
It looks pretty similar to software such as AudioBoo. The app on the iPhone consists of a simple record button. Simply start recording, and when finished the software automatically uploads the audio to your area on the Cinch website. If you wish it will also post a link on Twitter and Facebook for you to let others know that there’s a new recording.
The audio below was my first attempt at recording. I used my iPhone flat on a table top, and spoke from about a foot away. Audio quality is not too bad. From the Cinch website I can grab an embed code to put it into a blog post, or I can link to it directly.
Thanks to Chris Betcher for making me aware of Cinch, you can hear more from Chris at : http://cinch.fm/betchaboy
Cinch would make it easy to record short podcasts – interviews with people, homework guidance, revision advice, simple conversations in MFL etc. You can’t add audio effects and music – so it’s for no frills podcasting, but for many that might be all they want. I haven’t tried out the Cinch website in-school to see if the recording works through school networks (I have had problems doing this with sites like Aviary).
If you’ve tried it let me know how it goes.