Open Ferrite Recording Studio, and with just one tap you’re recording. It supports long recordings — many hours, if you like — without breaking a sweatfootnote 1.
Recording a long interview and you need to highlight a few quotes? Maybe you need to take out some inappropriate language? Or just fluffed a sentence and had to start it again? Bookmark moments during your recording and they’ll be flagged up during edits, so you can jump right to them.
Monitor levels with the live recording meters, or listen through headphones. Tag your audio clips to locate them quickly later.
Take one clip, or a bunch, and add them to an editing project. Ferrite features full multi-track editing, with the ability to zoom out to see hours of audio at a glance, or zoom in all the way down to individual samples.
Adjust each track’s volume and panning, and mute or solo them. Tracks are where you arrange your audio clips, which you can move, crop, uncrop, slice, merge, delete, cut, copy and paste. Fade them in or out, and crossfade between clips simply by overlapping them.
And best of all, you don’t need to fear trying out changes: Ferrite has great Undo/Redo support. Even if you quit the app, come back a month later, start it up again, you can still undo all the way back to the moment you created your project!
You can even open the History viewer, skim through a timeline of your changes, and listen to how your project sounded an hour ago, or last week.
Please note: the free version of Ferrite limits the duration of editing projects. Upgrade Ferrite, and you can edit projects 24 hours long!
There are lots of ways of getting audio in and out of Ferrite. Drop an audio file in via iTunes App File Sharing and it instantly appears in your library. “Open In…” Ferrite from other apps, or import from your Music Libraryfootnote 2. If you have AudioShare, Dropbox, or other apps installed that offer sharing services, you can browse them for audio as well. Or you can drop audio into Ferrite from other apps.footnote 3
You can share your individual recordings, or finished, edited projects too. Send via email, share on compatible social networks, save to services like AudioShare or Dropbox, open in other apps on your device, or use Drag and Drop.footnote 3
Need more? Ferrite also includes:
- Automatic ducking: Set tracks to automatically “duck under” others (e.g. ducking music behind voice-overs).
- Strip Silence: Automatically carves away silent sections from recordings, making it easy to edit the remaining audio.
With a one-time in-app purchase, you can add:
- Multi-channel recording: Up to 8 channels at once (requires iOS 13 or later, and a compatible multi-channel audio device).
- Per-track effects: Add a variety of professional effects to your tracks, such as a customisable 8-band EQ, noise gating and dynamic range compression, for projects that sound clean and engaging.
- Automation: Set volume, panning and effects settings to vary over time, both on individual tracks and for the final mix.
- Create templates for your podcasts or shows to speed up production of new episodes.
- Live automation recording: adjust automated parameters during playback, and your changes are recorded into the timeline.
- Automation curve editing: Create precisely-controlled changes over time. Fine-tune a curve you’ve recorded or design one from scratch to be just the way you want it.
- Auto-levelling: Checks your project when you share it, automatically makes adjustments to volume levels to keep them even and professional-sounding and avoid clipping.
- Noise reduction: Attempts to reduce the amount of hiss in the background of recordings.
- More flexibility when sharing projects: Share in lossless formats like WAV or CAF (as well as the default MPEG-4 Audio), in the popular MP3 format, or as movie files to your Camera Roll for sharing on social media.
- Tighten Audio: pack together clips, taking out or reducing the gaps between them.
- Channel selection and splitting: Split stereo files (or those with even more channels) into separate mono files so you can edit them individually, or swap left/right tracks and more.
- Support for decoding audio recorded using the “Mid/Side” technique.
- Assign colour-codes to your tags.
- Archive projects — along with all the audio they use — to .zip files, for ease of making backups, freeing up space or moving projects between devices
- Track Archives: Creates a .zip containing the final output of each track, separately, if you wish to do the final mixing on a desktop computer.
- Save your favourite settings as presets for reuse later — keep them on your device or in iCloud. Or store them inside templates for quick access from the projects you make from them.
- Add MP3 Chapters, including chapter art and links — perfect for podcasts. Chapters can also be saved as presets, to quickly add recurring show segments (e.g. questions from listers) to the table of contents.
Both free and paid versions offer:
- Extensive Accessibility support
- Optional “Shortcut Bar” you can customise with your favourite commands, for quick, on-screen access.
- Many keyboard shortcuts and editing commands, if that’s how you roll — and the paid version allows you to customise your own.
- Available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish
- Find your recordings and projects by searching direct from your Home Screen, with Ferrite’s Spotlight support
- Slide Over, Split View and Multi Window support: On compatible devices you can run Ferrite side-by-side with other apps, or more than one Ferrite window at a time. Flip through the User Guide while you learn your way around, or keep a script or show notes open while you record, amongst many other uses.
- 3D Touch support on compatible devices: use 3D Touch for access to shortcuts inside the app, as well as pressure-sensitive editing on audio clips and volume/panning/effects dials.
- Apple Pencil on iPad Pro: you can (optionally) enable additional Pencil editing gestures to quickly select and delete audio, or choose a command to run when you double-tap the side of an Apple Pencil 2.
1. Don’t you hate when someone makes a grandiose claim, then puts a footnote disclaimer on it? But look, here’s the deal: Ferrite itself can just keep on recording forever, but your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will run out of space eventually, and then it has to stop. To get the most out of the space, Ferrite compresses your recordings. You can choose lossless compression, which gives perfect reproduction but larger files, or lossy compression, which offers smaller files while still keeping the quality great. If you are making very long recordings, be aware that some sharing services may have limits on how much audio you can send to them. ←
2. Copy-protected, “Cloud” or subscription streaming music can’t be imported from your Music Library due to iOS limitations. Ensure your music is DRM-free and downloaded to your device first, or use a different method of transferring audio, such as Dropbox or AudioShare. ←
3. Apple currently only allows Drag and Drop between apps on iPad. ←