How to Develop an Audio Recording app like Dolby On?

Updated on Dec 18th, 2023

How to Develop an Audio Recording app like Dolby On

The rise of social media platforms has enabled artists and creators in many ways. They no longer have to struggle like they used to to get attention to their talents. Thanks to platforms like SoundCloud, Twitch, and Instagram, people can showcase their work to the world with relative ease. Social media has made it possible for struggling and upcoming artists to find their admirers online. Where earlier, musicians and actors had to go through many channels and struggle to get eyes on themselves, now they can simply post their work online and earn money by monetizing their content.  

Another thing that social media brings to the table is reach. Now, an artist in one corner of the world can get his content to the people on the other side of the planet. This means more people get exposed to an artist’s work.  

There has never been a better time to be a content creator online, and many companies provide great tools to help creators improve the quality of their work. While social media platforms go through many lengths to help content creators generate good work and make it available to the masses, there is still a need for niche apps like Dolby On. And if you are looking to build a music recording app like Dolby On, then here’s everything you need to know. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

  • According to a report posted by SignalFire, 50 million people online consider themselves content creators. 
  •  Sponsored influencers are worth $8 billion and 2 million global content creators make six figures monthly. 
  • There is a rising need for quick editing and recording tools that provide quality outputs. 
  • Dolby On is one of the best audio recording apps available on most platforms.
  • Dolby On provides an auto-audio processing feature that enhances the quality of a recording on its own. It also provides a set of intuitive editing tools for the users to tweak their recordings.

What is Dolby On?

Developed by Dolby Laboratories, Dolby On is an exceptionally powerful and easy-to-use music and audio recording app available on most mobile devices. It is a free-to-use app with no hidden paywalls and provides cutting-edge Dolby audio technology.  

Dolby On lets people record live music, rehearsals, podcasts, voice memos, etc., and then runs them through a suite of automatic studio effects like voice booster, noise reduction, spatial audio, etc.  

While there are plenty of recording apps on the market, what makes Dolby On so special is that it lets people make quality recordings quickly. Most recording apps that are one-tap solutions let you record quickly, but the quality of the output sound is abysmal. On the other hand, apps that put quality first require a lot of work. Furthermore, to get a studio-quality recording, people need expensive mics, noise-absorption settings, and all sorts of other expensive recording tools that not every struggling or coming-up artist can afford. Dolby On is the perfect substitute for them because it provides quality recording and a set of key features to enhance the sounds further.

How to Build an App like Dolby On?

Dolby On is quickly becoming one of the best recording smartphone apps on the market. And if you are looking to step into the market yourself, there is no better app to learn from.  

Mobile app development is not an easy task. While an idea makes a big difference, it is just the beginning. The realization of that idea is where we excel. Matellio provides top-notch mobile app development services that fit every budget. Like Dolby On, we don’t compromise with quality and strive to deliver apps that stand out in the market and offer value to our clients. 

So if you are looking for a development partner to help with your recording app, then Matellio is the right choice. Of course, you can hire your own in-house development team and build this app yourself. But keep in mind that in-house development is an expensive affair. From hiring full-time talent and paying their monthly salaries to maintaining infrastructure, you need a lot of money to build and then maintain your own development team. While some startups are blessed and can find investors early on, those who are still in the early stages can’t afford such expenses. So, hiring a mobile app development partner is the best way to go for them. 

But if you don’t like the idea of outsourcing your development work completely, then you can go for IT team augmentation. You can build a small in-house team and then rent additional talent by utilizing Matellio’s world-class IT team augmentation services. We offer many hiring models that fit every budget.  

Whichever way you choose to go, the following steps will help you develop your recording app:


The first thing you need to do to develop your audio recording app is research. Before you jump into the market and get a feature-full mobile app developed, you need to know the market conditions, who your competitors will be, and what technologies are currently hot in the market. You will also need to know what people expect from an app like yours. While the app market is always expanding and there is always scope for more apps to come in and make money, at the end of the day, you need to stand out if you want to succeed. And to do that, you need to figure out what makes your app idea different? What is the hook of your app? What will pull users away from your competitors and bring them towards your app?  

The best way to define your hook is by looking at the shortcomings of your competitors. No app is perfect, and users always want more. That right there is your chance to make a difference. Learn all you can about the market and various payment models before jumping in. 

On top of conducting market analysis and competitor study, you will also need to look for a mobile app development partner. There are plenty of players, but some are better than the rest. You must hire a developer who has good experience and market image. You can visit sites like Clutch to get better reads on mobile app development companies.


Once your research is done, it’s time to build a development plan. The best way to do this is with a mobile app development firm. Their experts know the ins and outs of the market, and they can help you devise effective development plans. They are also aware of the pitfalls and can help you steer clear of them. 

At this point, you will need to decide whether you will develop a native app or a hybrid app. A native app is developed for specific operating systems (Android, iOS, etc.). So, for instance, a native app developed for Android devices will not work on an iOS device. Hybrid apps, on the other hand, run on all platforms. These are web-based apps that need stable internet connectivity to work. So as long as a device is connected to the internet, a hybrid app will work on it. It is best if you consult with your developer on the subject. However, most developers will tell you that an app like Dolby On should be developed as a native app for as many operating systems as possible.  

When quality is concerned, hybrid apps are still struggling to keep up with native apps. While native apps cost more, since they have to be separately developed for each platform, they offer great UI/UX, stability, and quality.  

You will also need to decide your budget and the area of operations. Many apps are only available in certain countries. While this approach is quickly becoming obsolete, you can make this decision for yourself based on your business plan.

Also ReadWhat is a native app, a web app, and a hybrid app?

Build your MVP 

Mobile app development is costly. From hiring developers to buying licenses, everything costs money. So it is natural that most companies want to make sure that they are headed in the right direction and making an app that the users want. It often happens that startups invest all their capital into developing a feature-packed app, but it is completely rejected by the customers when it comes into the market. There can be many reasons behind that. Either the app is lacking in quality, or perhaps the concept feels half-baked. So most companies, instead of building a full-fledged app right in the beginning, work incrementally. The first thing they build is a minimum viable product (MVP). 

For the uninitiated, an MVP is a leaner version of the full app with only core features. The app is designed well, and all the main features are polished to a shine. MVPs are then released in the market to get customer reviews. If they are great, that works as a validation for the makers, and they can then work on finishing the app. But if the reviews are not so great, they can go back to the drawing board and make changes. And since they didn’t use all their capital, makers still have a chance to get their app redeveloped and improve it.  

Here are some of the things an MVP for an audio recording app like Dolby On must have: [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Seamless and Well-Designed UI/UX

It doesn't matter if you have amazing features; users will not use it if your app doesn't look good or perform well. A buggy app that lags or is too big and makes the entire device slow is also a big red flag for the users. People nowadays expect quality and a seamless user experience, and a well-designed user interface is the first sign of a quality app. So make sure to work hard on creating a great experience for your users.


Instant Audio and Video Recording

Dolby On lets you record videos and audios both with just a tap of the button, much like any other recording app on the market or the in-built voice recording apps that come with mobile devices. The saying, if it's not broken, don't fix it, works for this feature perfectly.

The one-tap recording feature is instantaneous, and when we are talking about quick recordings, there really isn't any other way to improve it. Dolby On also introduces video recording, which in today's day and age is very important. Many people like to perform their songs on video, but they require expensive mics and other stuff to do it properly. But Dolby On makes it so that they can record good videos and sounds all from one app and with the tap of a single button.


AI-based Audio Processing

A lot of creators don't have access to expensive recording and sound processing equipment, at least not when they are just starting. Dolby On comes with an AI-based audio processing algorithm that runs through a recording and makes required adjustments to improve its quality. With noise reduction and de-essing, it clears up the audio and enhances its quality. It boosts sound to make it appear studio-recorded and using Dolby'sDolby's unique Dynamic EQ and spatial audio, it lets you tweak the tone and space of the audio recording. It also takes it further and optimizes the volume of your recording according to the platform you intend to upload it on, like SoundCloud, Facebook, etc.

If you are looking to create an app that can compete with Dolby On in the market, you need a smart AI like this that can analyze recordings and make necessary adjustments and enhancements on its own.


Intuitive Sound Editing Tools

Dolby On provides an assortment of sound editing tools that allow users to enhance their recordings further. It provides six custom-designed sound tools that can be applied to the recordings, like one applies photo filters. These are audio presets designed for various effects and can be applied to any recording. Dolby On also provides Dolby'sDolby's exceptional Dynamic EQ. It lets users play around with treble, bass, and mid tunes of a recording till they are satisfied with what they're hearing. An audio trimmer is a necessary tool for any audio recording app and it has been implemented in Dolby On to perfection as well. These editing tools are very easy to use and allow users to enhance their recording even more.


Social Sharing

A content creator needs a space to share their work. For that, Dolby On provides the ability to share your recordings on various social platforms. Perhaps the most revolutionary feature it provides is the ability to stream live from inside the app. Dolby On lets you connect to your live streaming account on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, etc., and then play live for your audience. Of course, it enhances your sound as you are playing and all your viewers hear that enhanced version. On top of that, Dolby On also lets you upload recordings on various other platforms, like SoundCloud.


Audio Demos

A good way to showcase what your app can do is to have a couple of demo recordings available in your app. Dolby On has a couple of pre-recorded and live videos available as demos that give you a great idea of what it is capable of doing.

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Recording Tips

Finally, while your app takes care of all the recording-related processing and does all it can to improve the quality, there are some recording tips that people should follow. So providing them tips to improve the quality of their recordings is also a great idea for an app like Dolby On.

Test and Deploy

Once you have developed the MVP of your app, it is time to test it. Testing is a crucial part of any app development process and needs to be done with great care. Nobody likes a buggy app or an app that takes forever to read a single tap. Before you release your app, you must ensure that it is performing well and all the UI/UX kinks or functionality bugs have been ironed out. An MVP is almost like an advertisement for your app; it is a taste of the things to come. And if you provide a buggy MVP, it can be counterproductive and sink your app. Many startups also use MVPs to get more investors interested in their app, and you must present a top-quality app to them. 

Once you have tested your app, it’s time to deploy it and make it available to the users. Based on your business strategy, you can make it available free of cost like Dolby On, or you can put a price tag on it. But make sure your app justifies this price tag. App stores are littered with overpriced apps that offer very little to their users, and it can hurt your app’s reputation in the market.  

Enhance and Update

Once the MVP has been released, it is time to work on the final version of your app. You will have to change your MVP based on user reception and reviews. But the good news is that you won’t be building a new app from the ground up. The core features of your app are already implemented in your MVP, and they simply have to be enhanced.  

After releasing the final version of the app, you will have to provide customer support. People will have queries and complaints, and they usually post them on app store pages in the comments section. Furthermore, after the initial version of the app, you need to roll out constant updates and patches.  

The app market is always changing and new apps are always being released. If you want your app to stay relevant, you need to keep adding new features to it and adopt new technologies.

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