Roll Call

Oct 18, 2016 · 2 min read

I wanted to point out a really neat tool that was up on Product Hunt the other day. It’s called Roll Call, and it’s the best way I’ve found to simply record audio and have online conversations.

So what is it ?

– Reliable audio-only calls between multiple participants.
— Audio files can be dragged into the call window and played into the call. (This is super fun, you can see it work in the gif above, why have I never seen this before?)
— Call recording is built-in, with podcast quality recording of every participants local audio sent continuously to the recorder.
— Relies on almost no infrastructure, the application is quite literally hosted in gh-pages on GitHub.

The key here is that the team has identified a problem and offered the solution. It’s not pretty. It’s not perfect. But it works. And the alternatives don’t.

The substitutes are: dealing with group calls (always suck), manually recording calls with an app, using laggy hangouts, facetime audio, etc.

The point being here is that simplicity is the big winner. Of course, they could make the ui and ux look prettier (which the team probably will eventually anyway.

Sometimes, we spend too much time focusing on the extras that we do not spend time on the real experience. I think Roll Call serves as a great refresher of a product that offers a solution to a real need.

Originally published at on October 18, 2016.


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