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First steps

You can get audio into Audio Evolution Mobile by recording new material or importing existing sound files.


Recording is pretty simple: you press the red Record button at the bottom left and the program will start recording from the microphone. The project overview at the bottom right will change to an input level indicator. Usually, Android applies automatic gain control. Hopefully in future versions of Android, we will be allowed to set the gain ourselves.

There is one thing to note here: when you pressed Record, a new track was automatically created and the audio is recorded on that track. This is a convenience function: in most desktops DAW's, you first have to 'arm' the track you wish to record on. AE Mobile will detect if you have any track armed. If not, it will simply create a new track to record on for you. If a track is armed, it will record on that one. Arming a track is done by toggling the Arm button. If your device is not showing the Arm button, you can access it by browsing the mixer channel pages: at the bottom of every mixer channel, you will see one white and one or more grey boxes. Slide your finger here to access the other mixer pages to get to the Arm button. Only one track can be armed at a time.

If you don't like the recording, you can get rid of it by pressing the Undo button (the left one of the two brownish curly arrow buttons) once or twice: if you didn't arm a track yourself you need to press twice: once for removing the recording, and once for the new track that was automatically created. Note that the recorded file remains on disk. You can also remove a sample by long-pressing it and selecting 'Remove' or remove the entire track by selecting 'Remove track'.

Importing audio files

Besides recording, you can also get audio into the app by importing samples. Press the combined load/save button at the top left and select 'Import audio sample'.

A simple file browser will appear. Use <Directory up> a couple of times to get to the 'root' of your devices's sd card. Then browse to wherever you have audio files stored, for example in the Music subdirectory and tap once on the file you wish to import.


  • You can change the app to use a more advanced file browser called ES File Explorer. Download this app if you haven't already and from the Preferences menu, select 'File Manager
  • You can import wav, aiff, flac, ogg and mp3 files (for mp3, please read the next item)
  • The use of MP3 is affected by patents/licensing issues. When importing a mp3 file for the first time, the program will ask you to download the mp3 codec, but only after you make sure the patent does not apply to you. To give you an idea of the costs of using mp3: the patent holders require an annual fee of $15000 + a fee per unit sold. Therefore, we can not supply a mp3 codec as standard and you need to download it yourself if you believe the patent does not apply to you.
  • If you have audio files on your desktop computer you wish to import, you will first need to copy those from your desktop to your Android device. See the manual for your device on how to copy files, but usually you just connect your device to the PC and then you can copy your files by using the File Explorer (on Windows) or Finder (on Mac). Don't forget to unmount the device before disconnecting! See the explanation on Projects on where best to copy your files to.

After import, the audio file will appear on a new track. Simply press the 'Play' or 'Play from start' button to hear it.

first_steps.txt · Last modified: 2016/08/30 12:01 (external edit)