Business must be mobile. And business also must be technological savvy, else it chance sputtering and dying out. With today's always-on technology and consumers, it's very easy to get the word out in more ways than you could probably imagine. One such way is with podcasting. Not only do you get your (or the voice of your company/product) into the public ear, it's a great way to get some incredibly cost-effect PR.
But what do you do when you're on the road and you have a great idea for a podcast for your product or company? Or what if you want to record a training podcast for your end users or IT staff? If you have your Android tablet, fear not... there's a tool that can help you sound like you're sitting at your PC, recording with a multi-track recording software. That software is Audio Evolution Mobile (the mobile version of their Windows/Mac software). This wonderkind tablet software features:
- Multi-track audio playback
- Audio recording (while playing back other tracks)
- Loop playback
- Latency correction
- Import of WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis audio files
- Import of mp3 (requires an optional download)
- Mastering to stereo WAV, AIFF or FLAC file
- Individual track controls for volume, panning, mute, solo, arm, 4-band EQ, 3 insert effects and output bus selection
- Unlimited number of tracks (depending on your hardware's capabilities)
- Unlimited number of groups (depending on your hardware's capabilities)
- Real-time effects: chorus, delay, dual delay, reverse delay, reverb, bandpass, highpass, lowpass, flanger, noisegate and tremolo (depending on your hardware's capabilities)
- Offline effects: fade in/out, normalize, reverse, pitch shift
- Non-linear non-destructive editing with move, trim, split, cut/copy/paste, remove, range editing
- Unlimited undo/redo for editing facilities
- Several grid options for aligning your samples (with tempo and time signature settings)
- Repeat samples with several options to create loops
- Add markers and quickly jump to them
- Load/Save projects, including loading projects from the desktop DAW Audio Evolution 5
- Can use ES File Explorer to select samples for import
This software is very complex, but it's possible to get your podcast recorded and pieced together on the go. Let's see how this is done on your Android tablet.
There are two versions of this software in the Google Play Store: A free demo and the full version for $5.10 (USD). If you opt to try the demo first, it's limited in the following ways:
- No loading, saving, or mastering of projects
- No 'save range' or 'save sample piece'
- Recording and playback stops after 45 seconds
If you want to go straight for the paid version, install with the following steps:
- Open up the Google Play Store
- Search for "audio evolution mobile" (no quotes)
- Tap the purchase price
- Tap Accept & buy
Once you've made the purchase and the software installs, you'll find the icon for Audio Evolution Mobile on either the home screen or in the app drawer.
Let's walk through the process of recording a voice podcast and then adding a music intro and outro. Understand that all music is protected under copyright, so make sure you have either paid for the rights or own the rights to any music you add.When you fire up Audio Evolution Mobile, you'll be greeted by the main window (Figure A). Here you can immediately start recording the voice portion of your project. Figure A
Audio Evolution Mobile works seamlessly on the Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab.
To begin recording, tap the Record button (red square with white center circle). The app will start recording your voice immediately, so it might help to know what you're doing to say first. When you've completed the recording, tap the Stop button (white square with inner black square). If you make a mistake during the recording process, never fear, you can edit out the mistakes and piece together mistake-free tracks.
Let's say you do make a mistake and need to record a new track that will then be added to the initial track. Here's how this is done:
- Before you start recording, tap the menu button (three horizontal lines to the right of the screenshot button) and select Project
- Tap Save project
- Give the project a name
- Tap OK
This will save the project as a .prj file. You can later export (mixdown) the file to the following types:
So, you have the first recorded track, and you need to edit out a mistake. Here's how you do just that:
- Zoom out (using pinch gestures) so you can better find the point you want to cut out
- Tap the Range button (fifth button from left on the top toolbar)
- You'll see two vertical blue bars on the track. Drag the left bar to the start of the section to be cut and the right bar to the end of the section to be cut
- Tap the highlighted blue section (Figure B)
- From the overly, tap Cut range
Your track is now mistake-free.Figure B
Tap the blue section to copy or cut the range.
To add the next section of text, do the following:
- Tap the menu button, and then tap Track
- From the new overlay, select Add audio track(s)
- Enter the number of tracks you want to add (default is 1)
- Tap OK
- Drag the green position handle (between first track and toolbar) to the end of the first track
- Tap the Record button and record your next track
- Tap the Stop button when complete
Make sure to align those tracks, otherwise you'll have a moment of silence you probably don't want.
Now, let's assume you've finished recording the vocals for your podcast. Here's how to import some music to serve as an intro and outro:
- Add a new track
- Tap the menu button and tap File
- Tap Import audio sample
- Navigate to where you have your audio sample saved on your tablet
- Select the sample (NOTE: If the sample is an .mp3 file, you'll be prompted to download a codec for the file type -- so, tap the Download button, and the codec will be automatically downloaded and installed)
With the audio sample in place, you'll most likely have to re-align the tracks that are already there. Follow these steps:
- Tap the edit button (third icon from the left on the toolbar)
- Tap and hold the first track and slide it to where you need it
- Tap and hold the second track and slide it to where you need it
- Save the project by tapping the Save button (first icon on the left of the toolbar)
You can also add effects to the tracks. Here's how:
- Tap the right-pointing green arrow in the upper left-hand corner
- At the bottom of the track controls (Figure D), tap the right square (under the track name)
- Tap the first "Fx" button
- From the list, select an effect
- Depending upon the effect, you'll have different controls
- After you customize the effect, tap the Done button, and the effect will be applied
You can add up to three effects to a track.
Once you're done, it's time to export your podcast. Follow these steps:
- Tap the menu button
- Tap Project
- Tap Mix-down project
- In the new overlay (Figure E), give the file a name, select the resolution, and select the file type
- Tap OK to save
Exporting is the final step for your project.
That's it! You can now upload the file to your company website for broadcasting to your clients/customers.
Audio Evolution Mobile is a remarkable tool for any small business owner needing to create quality podcasts on the go. With these simple steps, you'll be ahead of the curve in the social media marketing.
Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.