Using 21st century Internet and phone technologies Evoca launched Every Day of Listening to enable family members who are getting together at Grandma’s house or even across the ocean from each other to record using any phone, Skype, and a computer mic. With a shared Evoca account, creating a family audio memory album is possible whether family members can get together in person or not.
Getting underway is easy. The family “organizer” signs up for an Evoca Express Pro subscription and registers family members’ phone numbers (up to 30 phone numbers per account). Any registered family member dials the Evoca public phone number the organizer provides, talks, and hangs up. The recording is instantly stored in the family account as an MP3 recording. There is no limit to the call recording length.
For family members located in different countries or for any Skype users, 30 Skype accounts can also be registered. Recording a Skype call starts by clicking on the Evoca Skype Call Recorder contact in the Skype account. Since Evoca is a web service, no software downloads or updates are required. Family members who are iPhone users can record a Voice Memo to upload from iTunes to the family’s Evoca account.
J’miah Nabawi, national award-winning storyteller, teaching and performing artist, and Evoca’s Artist-in-Residence offered, “Everyone has a story to tell. With Evoca, precious stories of family members, especially our elders, can be captured, shared, and saved for future generations.” He added, “We applaud StoryCorps and National Public Radio for encouraging the telling and sharing of family members’ stories. We are thrilled that Evoca makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to share their stories, short or long, simply by picking up their phone. They also can include singing, music, and laughter for their loved ones to hear.”
Two or more family members can easily record together with one of them asking questions and the others giving the answers. StoryCorps calls them “interview partners” and offers a terrific “Great Questions” guide. Evoca provides step by step instructions about how to record an interview or group by phone or Skype. Evoca also provides its subscribers with a Browser Mic, Evoca’s in-browser Flash recorder, which can be embedded in a family genealogy website or blog to collect voice recordings using any computer mic.
The recordings can be kept private, emailed to family members, downloaded to a CD, or posted to family and genealogy websites, blogs, and social networking profiles such as Facebook. RSS feeds can alert family members to new recordings that they can add to their Tunes, iPhones and iPods. Transcriptions are available through Evoca’s online transcription service.
Evoca (evoca.com) is a leading global Voice-to-Web services provider, enabling businesses, organizations and individuals to easily create, post, and share fresh, engaging voice recordings using any phone, Skype, and its browser microphone. Evoca Express is available as a free 30-day trial, Pro, Local, and Toll-free subscription. It provides voice recording and online digital content distribution services through its highly scalable “Software-as-a-Service” media platform, providing worldwide public phone numbers, as well as dedicated telephone numbers available in over 45 countries and more than 5,000 cities around the globe.
Organizations of any size can easily integrate and customize Evoca features into their online properties, marketing programs, education and language training courses, and customer-facing operations. Evoca launched its Twitter audio update application, TweeVoca to enable posting of audio recordings to this popular micro-blogging site. Evoca subscribers can also share recordings on Facebook, MySpace, websites, and blogs through player widgets streamed by Evoca. Large organizations and partners can also benefit from Evoca Enterprise, its multi-media platform delivered through a flexible interface (RESTful HTTP API – applications programming interface).
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