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 +===== First time use =====
  
 +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.
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 +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.
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 +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.
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 +After you have entered a name for the new project, the Welcome dialog will disappear and the Project Options dialog will pop up:
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 +==== Project Options ====
 +{{projectoptions2.png|}}
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 +These options are usually set just once and apply only to the project you are just starting.
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 +  * **File Type**: this selects the file format that is used for recorded audio. You can select between WAV and AIFF types. Note that you can import other types of audio files (.ogg, .mp3, .flac, etc.), but this selection is only for samples that you will be recording.
 +  * **Resolution**:​ the resolution of recorded audio. Sound cards usually have 24-bit or 16-bit resolution, so it is common to select between these two. Note that at '​mastering'​ (your final mix) your project, you can choose a bit-resolution as well, so you could record at 24-bit resolution and then afterwards master to 16-bit resolution for easy burning to CD for example.
 +  * **Sample Rate**: the frequency at which audio is recorded. This depends on your sound card capabilities. Note that once you've recorded a sample at a certain frequency, you can not change the sample rate anymore for this project. You can mix samples of different resolution and file type though.
 +  * **Panning Type**: this controls how the panning slider behaves for mono tracks. See [[http://​en.audiofanzine.com/​recording-mixing/​editorial/​articles/​panning-laws-revealed.html|here]] for an in-depth explanation of different types of panning.
 +  * **Balance Type**: same as panning type, but for stereo tracks
 +  * **Store these settings as default**: every time you create a new project, the settings you have now entered will be used as a default
 +  * **Don'​t ask me again for these options when creating a new Project**: when enabled, the Project Options dialog will not appear after creating a new project and the default settings will be used.
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 +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.
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