Sample upload allows for audio files to be uploaded from your computer to the Audiotool app. As well as this it is also possible to record from your computer microphone and/or to make a sample from any of the content present in the timeline of whatever Audiotool arrangement you are working in. You must be logged in to upload a sample, you can then go file > import sample to open the sample editor.
Once you have clicked on import sample the sample editor will then appear in the centre of the screen.
Across the top right of the sample editor it says import from beside this are three buttons, this is where you decide what are going to import, an audio file from your computer's hard drive, record from microphone or bounce from the timeline.
Import from file means that you can import a sample from your computer's hard drive. The sample editor will take a range of different file formats, MP3, WAV, AIF and more. Samples must have a sample rate of 44100 kHz and must be no longer than 30 seconds in length. NOTE: The sample editor will take a wide range of formats but please note that it will not take all version of all formats, for example it will not take compressed WAV files or any sample that does not have a sample rate of 44100 kHz.
Once you hit import from file a dialogue box will appear reminding you that you will be harming the Audiotool community if you upload copyright material.
Once you have confirmed that you will not upload any copyright material a browser window will appear where you can choose which file you want to upload.
Once you have selected a file for upload it will be loaded into the sample editor.
Import from Mic allows you to record from your computer's Microphone (or any microphone which is inputed into your computer). Like the other samples you are only able to record 30 seconds of Audio. There is the option to record with a metronome (metronome will not be audible when played back) and you can also open the Flash audio preferences as well as this it is also possible to preview the recording before hitting Use and loading it into the sample editor. When you are ready to record just hit the big record button and thats it.
Bounce from timeline allows for samples to be created from any of the content found in the timeline of whatever Audiotool arrangement you are working in. If you are bouncing from another users arrangement the sample must have a public license.
As default Audiotool will bounce whatever is between the timeline's IN/OUT markers but it is also possible to manually set the time-codes if you know exactly from where to where you want to bounce. You also have the option to pre-record two bars that will be automatically added to your recording. This is useful since it means that it will give you some extra space to play with when editing your sample.
The sample editor is where the sample will be loaded to once a sample has been imported from file, from mic or when bouncing from the timeline. The sample editor allows you to trim your sample and name and tag the sample so it can be found easily in the list later on Samples can be reloaded into the sample editor at any time, before or after they are synced with the database. Samples must be named and tagged in order to be uploaded, confirming that your samples does not infringe any copyright is also essential before uploading a sample.
Once you have hit done and the sample editor disappears your sample can be found in the sample pin in the menu panel. The bin contains all samples that are used in the arrangement as well as all samples which have been uploaded during the current session. Once in the bin the sample can be dragged to the timeline or the desktop and used the same way as any other sample from the library BUT the sample has not yet been uploaded to the Audiotool database, meaning that the sample has not yet been 100% uploaded to Audiotool. This has been done so that you can experiment with samples before deciding to keep them forever since once the samples have been synced with the database you will not be able to delete them, you will be able to modify them and re-sync them later but you will not be able to delete your samples once they have been synced with the database. If you close the document before syncing the samples the samples will be deleted.
As mentioned above, once a sample has been uploaded using the sample editor it will be sent to your sample bin. The sample bin is specific to the arrangement you are working in, the sample bin contains all samples present in your current arrangement as well as all of the samples that have been uploaded during your current session. Beside the sample in the bin there are 3 little buttons, these buttons allow for the sample to be reloaded into the sample editor, loaded into the projects sample bin or synced with the database.
Samples can also be synced from the file menu at the top of the Audiotool window, also if session is saved and there were unsynced samples in the bin the samples will automatically be synced with the database.