Start Audio Evolution 5 as described in the previous section. The splash screen with the logo will first appear and after some seconds, you will be presented with the Welcome dialog. NOTE: if you have a demo version, a Trial dialog will first appear which you can click away after waiting for 5 seconds.
In the Welcome dialog you can create new projects or load previously saved ones. A project keeps all related files and settings together: the project's directory will contain your recorded and/or imported audio files and your project files will keep an overview of the used samples, your MIDI recordings, mixer settings and much more. In short, it will keep track of everything you do related to the song or piece you are recording. That's why you must always work within a project, to keep things together.
Start a fresh new project by pressing the 'New Project' button in the Welcome dialog. You will be asked to enter a name for the project. The name will be used both for the project's directory and the first project file. You could have multiple project files later on within one project directory: for example, this can be useful if you want to try and store different mixes of a song.
After you have entered a name for the new project, the Welcome dialog will disappear and the Project Options dialog will pop up:
These options are usually set just once and apply only to the project you are just starting.
After having selected the Project options, you can start directly with recording or importing samples. However, for optimal performance, it is best to verify some settings in the Global Preferences dialog. Here you can change the driver system, set buffer sizes etc.