On first start-up, the user is presented with a list containing a single (initially empty) recording.
The button located top-left takes you to the apps built-in support section.
This includes the manual (pretty comprehensive and clearly written) and the rather novel Help Desk feature that allows you to configure and email address and then deal with support request directly from within the app.
I didn’t need to use this during the review period but it is a nice feature. Using the ‘plus’ icon (located bottom-right) on this opening screen, you can create a new recording to add to this list.
When you wish to create a new recording or work with an existing one, clicking on the blue arrow head icon to the right of each recording in the displayed list opens that recording and the display then switches to the main recording screen (the Transport button is highlighted in the menu of five tabs at the base of the screen so I guess this is actually called the Transport page).
The central portion of this screen shows the waveform for an existing recording but, of course, is initially blank if you have not yet recorded anything into the file. While the layout of the screen is very neat, there is actually quite a lot packed into it.
At the very top is a horizontal input level display and this responds in real-time to any sound picked up by the microphone so you can check your input levels. Immediately beneath this is a large time display that adjusts itself as you play or scroll through a recording.
Tapping the microphone icon (to the left of the time display) allows you to adjust the microphone input level while the speaker icon does the same for the output level).
Once you have your input level set correctly, activating recording simply requires you to slide the red slider to the right and then press the record button that appears – FiRe 2 then does its stuff and you can stop the recording by pressing the same button when you are finished. As you record, the waveform appears in the central window and scrolls to the left as the recording continues.
One of the really neat features is that you can record in multiple stages. So, for example, if you are recording an audio presentation and you wish to pause the process, you can stop the recording, take a break, and then simply activate recording again to pick up where you left off. FiRe 2 simply adds this new material into the same audio file.
If you stopped because, for example, you fluffed a sentence or two in a spoken word recording, you can scroll back through the waveform to the point just before the mistake and then restart the recording. Any new audio deletes what was there previously and replaces it with the new recording from that point onwards.