So… What’s Next?

We are very excited to announce that RØDE Microphones has acquired FiRe – Field Recorder! This really is bittersweet for us here at Audiofile Engineering. We are very proud of FiRe and very sad to see it go. That said, it’s going to a great home. We know that the folks at RØDE are going to take great care of it!


As you all probably know, the iPhone was unleashed upon the world in June of 2007. Ev and I, as you might suspect, stood in line so we could each have one of the first batch. Of course, just having an iPhone changed our lives. We could never have predicted how it would impact us shortly thereafter.

The Developer Program

In March of 2008, Apple officially launched the i(Phone)OS Developer Program. Shortly before that, we were approached by another company who very much wanted to ship an app in time for the launch of the App Store. Luckily, we had the unique expertise to be able to do the job. After 8 hair-raising weeks, we had developed one of the first 800 apps to debut on the App Store. At the core of this app was the first high-quality, low-latency, bi-directional audio system for iOS. Since then, we have been extremely lucky to have been involved in numerous other audio-related firsts on iOS including the first MIDI interface accessory, the first app to integrate with SoundCloud, the first 96kHz-capable audio input accessory and many more!

We Did Start The FiRe

It took us over a year to develop FiRe. We knew that there would quickly be many voice recorders, but we wanted to do more. We wanted to make it so someone could fully replace their handheld field recorder with their iPhone or iPod touch while fully taking advantage of the unique features of these amazing devices. Who could have ever imagined a handheld recorder with a big, beautiful, color touch-screen and internet connectivity?

In 2009 we launched FiRe and it was an instant success. We were lucky enough to have crossed paths with the talented and creative folks at SoundCloud, and FiRe became the first app to ever integrate directly with this now wildly successful social network! It drew a large, high-quality waveform on the screen. You could navigate your recordings via touch. You could upload your recordings instantly to SoundCloud or via FTP. We had accomplished our goal: your iPhone could replace your field recorder and do things they couldn’t do. But there was one thing missing…

Pass The Mic

A great microphone. If you are an audio nerd, there really is nothing more satisfying than a great microphone. Sure, the iPhone had a microphone. It’s a passable mic, but we desired something better. So, we started searching for a partner with the hope that we could leverage our experience in the MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) program to create a total solution. Eventually, we were extremely fortunate to cross paths with the Peter Freedman and the many extremely talented people at RØDE Microphones. They created the beautiful and powerful iXY: the first 96kHz-capable audio input accessory for iOS. Finally, your iPhone was professional field recorder… and so much else!

So… What’s Next?

We are very excited for the future of FiRe and more amazing RØDE accessories. And, we’re not letting go of it completely. We’re currently putting the wraps on the next version which will sport some very cool new features. Also, we will be working with RØDE to transition the app to their new development team. Of course, we will support our current users during this transition.

Beyond that, we are very excited to dig into major updates to all of our Mac OS X applications. Triumph 2.1 is coming this fall. We are very excited to announce Spectre 2 as well. If that wasn’t enough, iOS companion apps for both Triumph and Spectre are in the works! And, we won’t stop there: updates of Sample Manager and Rax are also on the roadmap.

I will close simply by saying “Thanks!” Thank you to everyone who bought FiRe. Thank you to our beta testers and those who helped localize version 1. Thank you to everyone who sent us feature suggestions or amazing recordings you have made with the app. We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Mainstream Press!

photo by Emily Utne

The last time Ev or I (or any of us, for that matter) were written up in Minneapolis’ venerable City Pages, it was to talk about our various musical projects. However, last week we had our nerd coming-out party via a very flattering article on Audiofile Engineering.  We must admit that it’s nice to get some ink in a publication that our wives/parents would actually read and recognize for a change.

You can read the article here:

Spectre Starter

When we developed Spectre, it was very important to us that we created something useful, beautiful and, most importantly, inexpensive. It seemed silly that an RTA tool should cost $400 or more. We wanted the tool to be accessible to everyone, whether a professional or a high school student.  In that spirit, I’m pleased to announce that today we have launched Spectre Starter as part of Spectre 1.5.2.  What is Spectre Starter? It’s a license for Spectre that unlocks the Level, VU, Oscilloscope, Spectrograph, Spectrogram, Waveform, Lissajous and Numerical meters.  It’s perfectly priced for students and beginners. Oh yeah, if you want a full license of Spectre down the road, you only pay the difference!  If you want to know more about Spectre, click here.

Welcome To Our New Blog!

Ahoy! I’m pleased to welcome you to our brand new blog (RSS). We will use this space not only to keep you updated on official Audiofile Engineering news, but also to share thoughts, ideas, sounds, links and other stuff that speaks to our curious nature — and, hopefully, to yours as well. We’ve been very, very busy over the last 18 months, so I’d like to start by letting everyone know what we’ve been up to.

We’re continuing our crusade to connect with our users. This new blog is part of that effort. We’re also now on Facebook and Twitter. If you are on Facebook and you like us, please Like us! If you are a die-hard Twitter user, I highly recommend that you follow us. We post our new weekly specials there every Monday and just might post some giveaways every now and then. Also, we’ve revamped the website (again). We hope you like it. As always, we love feedback. If there is anything we can do to make the site more user-friendly, please let us know.

As you may already know, we’ve partnered with some really great companies recently. FiRe was the first app on any platform to integrate directly with SoundCloud. If you aren’t familiar with SoundCloud, you should be! They are a really great group of people. We’ve continued to work with D’Addario & Company on their line of Planet Waves guitar utilities for iOS. Last, but not least, we worked with Line 6 to co-develop MIDI Mobilizer: the first MIDI interface for iPhone, iPod touch and now iPad. Additionally, we developed the complimentary MIDI Memo Recorder and MIDI Surface apps for Line 6. If you have MIDI devices and an iOS device, you really need this accessory!

We’re very, very excited about iOS. FiRe has been generating great reviews and we’ve recently made Backline Calc, our indispensable musical calculator, 100% free and iAd-supported. Stay tuned as we have a handful of new iOS apps on the way. Yes, we have gigantic plans for the iPad, but they’re top secret — shhhh!

Meanwhile, we continue to refine our desktop applications. We’ve recently rolled out maintenance updates for just about all of them. We’ve added SoundCloud integration to Wave Editor and Sample Manager. You can test that feature in the latest betas. Sample Manager 3.3 will be shipping soon and has been updated so that actions are now plug-ins, allowing us to write custom actions. Look for the “Sample Manager Custom Shop” soon! Spectre 1.5 is a major (but free!) update  and we’re sneaking in some oft-requested features in the next maintenance release. Again, stay tuned for a new app coming this fall and major updates to all of our desktop apps next year.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention our new mailing list. Previously, if you purchased something from us, you were invited to join a mailing list for the specific product you bought. We recently consolidated all of our various lists into a single newsletter (thanks MailChimp!). If you are already on the list, you know all about this. If not, we’d love for you to sign up here. This will be the best, simplest way to make sure you find out about updates to existing software as well as new stuff.

That’s all for now. We’ll be blogging, Facebooking and Twittering as long as we have something to say and an Internet connection. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. Thanks!

Matthew Foust