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.

YouTube Playlist Basics

YouTube is a great resource for churches, small groups, and other events or venues when maybe you don’t have any musicians or song leaders but you’d like to have some time worshiping the Lord together through music. Here are a few tips to help you do that using a YouTube playlist.

Make a YouTube Playlist on a Mobile Device

  1. Open the YouTube App.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Find a video you want to add to a playlist.
  4. Tap and hold “Save.”
  5. To add it to an existing playlist, tap the playlist.
  6. To create a new playlist, tap “+ New Playlist.”

Make a YouTube Playlist in your Browser

  1. Go to http://www.youtube.com.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Play a video you want to add to a playlist.
  4. Click “Save.”
  5. To add to an existing playlist, click the box.
  6. To create a new playlist, click “+ Create new playlist.”
  7. Type the name and click “CREATE.”

Rearranging Videos on a YouTube Playlist

  1. Open the YouTube App or visit YouTube in your browser.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Find the Library section (location varies by device).
  4. Click the playlist you want to rearrange.
  5. Click or tap the left side “=” of the video and drag up or down.

Play a YouTube Playlist on Another Device

  1. Open the YouTube App or visit YouTube in your browser.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Find the Library section (location varies by device).
  4. Click the playlist you want to play.
  5. Shuffle videos by clicking or tapping the crossing arrows.