Tape Machine is a simple sound recording and editing software app for the android smart phone. Tape Machine is currently limited to around 2 hours of recording per file, depending on the size of the device’s SD card.
Convert and Share
It is highly recommended that you use an uncompressed format such as WAV or AIFF when editing. Although possible, editing compressed files can be very slow and may also result in a loss of quality. Before sending a file you should consider converting it, to reduce its size and the upload/download time, especially to prevent problems with large emails.
Press convert in the main menu. Converting a file creates a new file: choose the desired name or leave the default. Then select the target format.
Share / Send
Press the Share button to display a list of sharing options. You may send you file by email, or share it by other means, depending on which third-party apps are installed (DropBox, etc..).
Press the Open button to launch the file manager and preview, open and manage your files.
In the file manager, press the Down button to sort the files by either name, change time, duration or size. To preview a file press one of the Play buttons. Press the name of a file to open it. Navigate folders by pressing on Up button. Press and hold the name of a file in order to rename, delete, share, copy or cut. When a file has been copied or cut, you can Paste it in another folder from the main menu. Press the File Plus button to create a new folder.
To import a file from an external application such as the music player or a third party file manager, use the Import function available in the menu. To transfer your files to a computer, exit TapeMachine, connect your phone with a USB cable and enable USB Memory Card Access (or File Copy). A new drive should appear on your computer. Open it and access you files in the /media/tapes folder.
Several file formats are available when either making a new file converting an existing one. Each of these formats have pros and cons.
WAV - The Waveform Audio File Format is a very common format. It is a hi-fi uncompressed format, which can be read everywhere, but also results in big files. Therefore it is generally not suitable for sending by email.
FLAC - The Free Lossless Audio Codec is a brilliant hi-fi format, which results in the same quality as WAV, but with files twice smaller
AIFF - The Audio Interchange File Format is similar to WAV, and commonly used by professionals working on Apple systems.
MP3 (external codec) - The well known MPEG-2 Audio Layer III, a lossy format with adjustable quality, suitable for emails. Note: the MP3 codec is not included by default, it may be installed by going here: http://tapemachine.samalyse.com/codecs/mpeg/