Editing Audio on iOS with Ferrite

Mobile devices are very powerful. At times, they’re also quite a bit more convenient than traditional desktops and laptops. If you have an iPhone or iPad, one very useful app is Ferrite. It’s marketed toward podcasters and journalists, but it’s a great all-around tool for editing church audio on the go.

Importing Audio

  1. When you install the app, Ferrite is added to the “Open In” iOS menu.
  2. To import audio, find the audio file you wish to import.
  3. In the More Options (3 dots) menu, tap “Open in” and tap “Copy to Ferrite.”
  4. You can also share/export audio from another app into Ferrite.

Editing Audio

  1. Once imported, the audio shows up on the main screen.
  2. To edit, tap the icon that’s a square with a pencil.
  3. The app shows a loading bar at the bottom of the screen.
  4. When the audio is finished loading, the waveform displays.
  5. Tap the waveform once to drag, edit start and end points, and fades.
  6. You can also two-finger pinch horizontally to zoom in and out.
  7. The wrench icon provides track tools like effects and automation settings.
  8. There are several other features as well for more advanced editing.
  9. When you’re finished, tap the icon in the lower left with the paper and check.
  10. Notice that edits show up as a new edit, preserving the original sample.

Sharing Audio

  1. To edit clip information (title, export format, etc.), tap the “i” icon.
  2. To delete the edit, tap the trash can icon.
  3. To export the edit, tap the share icon (box with up arrow).
  4. You’ll need somewhere to save the file, I typically upload to the cloud.

Pro Version

Ferrite has an in-app purchase that upgrades to the Pro features. I can’t remember which features are included and which features need the upgrade, though you can probably look it up on the Ferrite website. If you need the features included in the upgrade, it’s definitely worth considering.

Basic Audio-Video Settings on a Mac

Apple computers are especially well-suited for audio and video projects. But if you’re new to using Macs, changing audio and video settings can be challenging. Here’s a simple guide to changing basic audio and video settings.

Changing the Audio Settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar (if the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide).
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Sound” (the speaker icon).
  3. If you’re sending audio from the computer to another source, change the output setting appropriately (for example, you might be using the headphones jack to send audio to a mixer).
  4. If you’re bringing audio into the computer from another source, change the input setting appropriately (for example, you might be using an audio interface to record audio from a mixer).
  5. The output volume can vary greatly depending on your setup. I typically set it about halfway on the computer and let the source I’m sending audio to handle additional volume adjustments.
  6. If you’d like to access this menu easily in the future, click “Show volume in menu bar.” This puts a speaker icon in the right of the top menu bar that you can single-click to bring up some quick settings and a link to this preference window.

Changing the Video Settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar (if the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide).
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Displays” (the computer screen icon).
  3. To change the display resolution, click “Scaled” and choose the desired resolution.
  4. If you don’t want the screen to “Automatically adjust brightness” then uncheck this option.
  5. If you have a second screen connected, you can the options for both screens to show up on the current display by clicking “Gather Windows” in the bottom right corner of the window.
  6. If you have a second screen connected, you can turn mirroring on and off by clicking the “Arrangement” tab and (un)checking “Mirror Displays” (note: screen resolutions might have to be adjusted after switching this setting).