Quick Start Guide

Audiotonic Pro offers the entire package of Audacity® – a multi-functional audio recording and editing software, with a fully integrated and commercially licensed FFmpeg® extension pack.

Audiotonic Pro provides powerful functions to record audio, edit your recordings, combine multiple sound tracks, export your recordings as MP3 files, and even burn CDs. 

With FFmpeg, you can import audio from most video files and DVDs. It also expands the import and export with a much larger range of audio formats including AC3, AMR(NB), M4A, MP4 and WMA. 

Follow this 5-minute Quick Start Guide to learn the basic skills that make you comfortable of using the software.

Getting Started

To launch Audiotonic Pro, click the Windows Start button. Then type Audiotonic Pro, and then click the program entry to start the application.

Here is the layout of the Audiotonic Pro main window, containing a few sections hosting the basic features that you will get familiar with through this guide.

Prior to recording your audio, make sure your input device (e.g. microphone) and output device (e.g. speakers or headset) are properly connected and configured. The recommended setting for Project Sample Rate is 44100 Hz. 

Record Audio

Prior to recording your audio, make sure your input device (e.g. microphone) and output device (e.g. speakers or headset) are properly connected and configured. The recommended setting for Project Sample Rate is 44100 Hz. To start recording:

1. Click the Record button on the Control Toolbar.

2. Start the input stream or speak to the microphone for voice recording.

3. Pause the recording by pressing the Pause button, and press it again to resume recording.

4. When the recording is completed, press the Stop button.

Your recording will be shown as a Waveform in the newly created Audio Track.

Import Audio Files

Audiotonic Pro naively supports AIFF, AU, FLAC, MP2, MP3, OGC Vorbis and WAV file formats.

To import an existing audio file to an existing project, you can choose File > Import > Audio or drag the files into the current project window.

If you want to import a file into a new project, use Files > Open instead.

Upon completion, the newly imported sound track shows up in the Work Area.

Import Audio from CD

Audiotonic Pro doesn’t import audio track directly. Nevertheless, it is easy to use Windows Media Player to rip the audio tracks first.

1. Launch Windows Media Player and load the CD

2. Choose Tools > Options > Rip Music or Organize > Options > Rip Music

3. In Rip settings, choose one of the Lossless formats like WAV, FLAC, or ALAC to ensure best audio quality

You can then open or import the extracted audio file into your audio project.

Import Audio from Videos

You can import audio from videos and DVD or Blu-ray discs provided they are not DRM-protected. To do so:

1. Select File > Open… or File > Import > Audio…

2. From the file selection dialogbox, click the Files of type dropdown box and choose FFmpeg-compatible files

3. Select the video file and click Open

The audio tracks embedded from the selected video files will be extracted and opened in the work area.

Play Recording

Check the quality of your imported audio or recording by play it back. To listen to your recording, click the Play button on the Control Toolbar.

Click the Pause or Stop button to pause or stop the playback.

Use the Playback Volume slider on the Mixer Toolbar to adjust the volume for the playback.

You can also adjust the Playback Speed slider to control the speed of playback.

Adjust Recording Volume

If you find the recording level is too low or too high, it is important to adjust the recording volume before the editing process for optimum quality.

You can increase or decrease the recording volume by adjusting the Recording Volume slider in the Mixer Toolbar.

When doing vocal recording, sit closer to the microphone if the volume is too low.

Edit - Delete Audio

To delete a section of an audio track:

1. Click the Selection Tool
2. Click and hold down the mouse to drag and select the part of the audio you want to delete. Your selection will be marked.
3. Choose Edit > Delete or press the Delete key to remove the selection

To remove an entire audio track, click the X button at the top-left corner of the track. It will be deleted from the current project

Edit - Add Audio

You can add a second audio track, e.g. a background sound track, to the recording you just made. Simply use the File > Audio > Import method mentioned in the Import Audio section above to add the sound track.

The newly added audio track will appear in parallel to the first sound track.

Edit - Shift Audio

When working with multiple audio track, you may want to define the start and/or end of one track in alignment of another track. 

1. Select the Time Shift Tool.
2. Select and drag the audio track you want to shift to make the adjustment.

You can use the playback function to test and refine how you shift the track to achieve desired output.

Adjust Track Volume

The volume of each audio track can be adjusted individually. For example, you want to lower the volume of the background music while increasing the volume of your voice track.

To do so: locate the track and make the volume adjustment by using the Track Volume Slider tool to achieve the optimum result.

Save Your Work

It’s important to save all of the work you have created as a project to prevent any unforeseeable problems. A project contains all information including audio tracks, raw audio data, volume settings, position, sound effects etc.

Choose File > Save Project > Save Project or simply press Ctrl + S, to save your project at a safe location.

 

Export Your Audio

To publish or share the audio project with others, it is recommended that you export the project using one of two most common audio file formats: WAV or MP3.

To do so, choose File > Export > Export as MP3 / WAV

The WAV file format is uncompressed and thus preserves the best sound quality, and is ideal for archiving. The MP3 format generates much smaller audio files with optimal quality and easier for sharing.

What's Next

Congratulations! You’ve completed the Quick Start Guide.

Audiotonic Pro offers a comprehensive set of functions and tools for your needs for audio editing and production. 

On top of this guide, there are over 150 articles for you to learn the software in depth. They are freely available for you to access whenever you are ready.