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In The Studio: Review Of The Audiofile Engineering FiRe 2 - Field Recorder
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This feature also allows you to ‘drop in’ at a point within the middle of a recording – great for just correcting the odd fluffed phrase or two in a podcast.

However, this ‘overwrite’ mode is just the default setting.

Via the Settings menu, you can also choose from three other modes; overdub, insert and append.

Overdub layers any new recording on top of what is already present while Insert simply creates new space as you record and move any existing material to the right to make space (great if you need to add an extra few sentences in the middle of that vocal commentary recording).

The final option – append – always records new material at the end of the file.

These various options are great to have and, in my own testing at least, worked a treat.

For podcast creation, the insert option could be a real timesaver.

Rotate To Edit

Once you have captured your audio, rotating your iDevice changes to Editor mode. Pinching or stretching with two fingers allows you to zoom horizontally in and out on the waveform display. If you recorded your audio in sections, the display of the waveform is split at these sections.

The display includes two large blue ‘handles’ and these can be used to create a selection range. The similarly sized gray button is the playback head. You can drag this to any position in the waveform to initiate playback.

Using the blue handles to create selection ranges is key to various editing processes. For example, once you have created the range you want, tapping and holding either of the handles opens a menu for cutting, copying, deleting, cropping and slicing the region.

Equally, you can also create a permanent region (the blue markers then change to red). You can then proceed to create further regions if you wish or make further edits to existing regions. There is also a ‘process’ menu option that allows you to adjust the gain, normalize or remove any DC offset.

Tapping on the gray playback head pops up a further menu with two options – slice and create marker – both of which would then be created at the current cursor position. Turning your iDevice back to vertical and choosing the Properties tab allows you to see a list of the regions or markers created via the labels section.

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