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Experiencing crashes? Stability is a priority for bossjock studio but crashes happen and can usually be remedied by a few simple steps. Please see the “Best Practices and Troubleshooting” section below.
Find some nice headphones
bossjock studio works best with headphones that provide good isolation, blocking outside noises so you can really hear the mix. Big cans that cover your ears are great as are those in-ear buds that fit snugly. It’s better to use headphones without a built-in mic, as that overrides the iPhone or iPad’s mic which produce better audio. Apple’s white buds will get the job done but can be noisy due to the inline headphone mic rubbing against your clothes.
The bossjock studio interface has three control sections which help produce your recording:
1. The Mic Trigger which turns on the microphone.
2. The Carts that trigger sound.
3. The master fader that controls the volume of the mic, the carts and the overall mix.
The Master Fader:
The default fader position for the mix, cart and mic settings is a good place to start for your first recording. You can always restore the fader to the default position by double tapping. The fader controls the overall mix volume by default. When a cart is played the fader automatically switches to control the cart volume. Likewise, when the mic is activated the fader switches to control the mic volume. You can toggle between the control for the mix, cart and mic by tapping the selection button above the fader.
Touch and hold the mic trigger to hear the mic audio. The volume unit or VU meter should rise with your voice. Try the good ol’ fashioned “Test, Test Test, Check One, Check Two, Check Three” in your normal speaking voice. Be mindful of your ears, use the iOS device’s volume rocker to set a comfortable monitoring volume.
Much of the secret to good audio recording has to do with getting a healthy signal into the recording device. While holding the mic trigger down, try pushing up the fader while you test the mic. This works best with two hands. The best setting is often the one right before the audio begins to sound bad. it’s what they call “Hot”. You may be slowly raising the volume and the quality goes something like: “okay, decent, good, gooder, better, better still, best, bester, fantastic, Terrible!”. You’d of course want to stop at fantastic. When in doubt you can always double tap the fader to return to the safety of default mic setting.
If the voice quality sounds good but is too loud for your ears, then use the device’s volume rocker to lower the device volume rather than using the master fader. This way you can still get a nice hot signal into bossjock studio without hurting your ears. Likewise if the mic sounds distorted but quiet then you need to turn up your device’s volume via the rocker and turn down the master fader. Another trick is to listen to something you like in your Music Library first so you can set a proper monitor volume for your recording session in bossjock.
Carts can be loaded with content from your Music Library, Previous bossjock studio Recordings, Dropbox Files, iTunes/Wifi sharing as well as AudioPaste which lets you past audio into the cart from another music app. Another method of getting audio into bossjock studio is to email it to yourself, and when you receive the email you can tap the sound file to “Open In Bossjock” and that loads the file up.
Open In and AudioPaste are covered in this How To Vid: http://bit.ly/Op2rro
To Record hit the red button at the bottom right of the Studio interface. You’ll see a Time Elapsed Clock appear to let you know how long you have been recording. You can slide to pause the recording at any time. You then have the option to continue the recording where you left off before the pause or Finish the bossjock studio session. If you Finish the recording you will be prompted with the options to custom name the recording as well as Delete the Recording. Deleting is a permanent thing so keep that in mind. It’s why we made it a small button.
With bossjock studio What You Hear Is What You Get… when recording. Another reason to find some killer cans (headphones) so you can hear what is going on. With WYHIWYG in bossjock whatever is coming through those headphones is also being laid down to a mastered stereo recording in real time. It is just like if you were in a fancy studio with all of the mics and gear plugged into a recorder that captures it all. It’s a true audio performance.
There are three buttons along the top of bossjock studio settings:
Low Cut is a filter that cuts low frequencies to help reduce the rumble of microphone handling. It’s especially good for hand held mics attached via adapters, and wide frequency mics like the Apogee MiC. It also lends a tighter more focused sound to your voice especially if you speak in close proximity of the Mic.
The cart switch toggles the amount of carts in the studio interface.
The Buffer sets the delay of your monitoring. “Normal” is what we recommend as it is a good compromise between latency (the delay of hearing your voice) and performance. The “Low” setting puts more of a tax on the processor because the latency is cut in half so the hardware has to work harder. This can sometimes cause dropouts in the audio. The iPhone 5 and newest iPad probably wouldn’t sneeze at the low setting, but if you can get used to the normal setting you are probably better off.
Below these three buttons are controls for the automated mixing aspects of bossjock studio.
Ducking is the amount that the volume of the carts is reduced when you trigger the mic. The cart audio “ducks” under the audio of the microphone.
Amount is the amount by percentage the audio is reduced.
Attack is the speed that the Cart audio is lowered when you hit the mic button. Release is how fast the Cart audio is again raised to its original volume.
Cart Fades: we put automatic fades on carts so there are smooth transitions when you stop playing Cart early. The Cart Fades Time sets the amount of time for the fade out transition.
Your recordings are all stored in the Recordings section of bossjock studio.
Tap the recording name to get to the Episode Detail Page.
Here you can Listen to previous recordings, Edit information about each recording and Export recordings in all your favorite formats to many popular services.
bossjock studio provides many options to get the audio off of the device.
First you need to select what format you would like to export the recording to. mp3, m4a, Wav and Aiff are the supported formats. If you are not sure then using the default setting of a m4a is a great place to start. These files sound good, are a small size, and compress quickly due to hardware acceleration in the iOS device. This format is a great choice for emailing a file to yourself or publishing to a service like Audioboo, Dropbox or Soundcloud. It’s really the best choice for most mobile producers excluding iTunes Podcasters.
Podcasters will want to use mp3. It is the format of choice by most Podcast Pros due to it’s ability to play on almost every device under the sun. The only downside to using mp3 is that on a mobile device it is processor intensive to create them because there is no hardware acceleration for encoding. In contrast the m4a format compresses much faster and efficiently because of hardware support. Mp3s take longer to encode, use more battery life and are of lower quality. Use only if necessary.
You can export via Dropbox, FTP, Email, AudioCopy, SoundCloud and iTunes Share.
Here is a demo of FTP publishing to the popular libsyn.com podcast hosting service: http://bit.ly/Sag7r1
Here is a how to created by Brad Flickinger for posting to Audioboo and WordPress using the Boomail system:Podcasting to WordPress and iTunes via Audioboo
AudioPaste as a method to transfer to other apps like GarageBand is covered in this How To Vid: http://bit.ly/Op2rro
Best Practices and Troubleshooting:
After you install bossjock studio for the first time or update the app you should restart your device by holding down the button on the top of the device until you can slide to power off the device. This is good practice for any multimedia apps.
It is always good practice to put the iOS device in Airplane Mode when doing important recordings and make sure you have ample space on the device.
Make sure you have plenty of storage space on the device.
The recording time is only limited by the storage on the device so that’s the theoretical limit. But we’ve found that when an iOS device is down to its last gig of storage space, things get squirrelly and bossjock studio, and other apps, will crash. Make sure you have well over a gigabyte left of space as bossjock studio records uncompressed CD quality CAF files.
Also, iOS like any PC based recorder can occasionally encounter stability issues. If the recording is mission critical, you should record redundantly to a dedicated hardware recorder.
That said, many bossjock studio users do hour plus recordings on the app. We always stress test our builds for over an hour on devices as old as the 3GS and iPad 1. We treat stability as a priority for our app.
If you are experiencing frequent crashes please contact us via the Feedback button at the bottom of the Settings.