Jonatan Liljedahl

AudioShare - audio document manager

Are you an iOS dev? Check out the free AudioShare SDK.

AudioShare for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Now available on the App Store!


Please see Frequently Asked Questions if you have any questions.

Description

AudioShare is an audio document manager with powerful import and export abilities.

If you are using music-making apps on your device, this tool is a must-have!

Organize all your soundfiles and midifiles on your device. Create folders, rename and move files and folders around, put everything where you can find it.

Use it to transfer soundfiles between apps and between your device and computer. For example, take a soundfile from your dropbox and share it on SoundCloud. Or audiocopy sounds from your favorite music-making app and import into the AudioShare library for later sharing or copying into other apps. Or use the built-in web browser to download soundfiles straight from the net!

Some apps has a dedicated Export to AudioShare button for super-smooth workflow.

You can also record directly in the app from hardware input or other apps through Inter-App Audio or Audiobus, preview and play soundfiles with waveform display, and normalize, trim, or convert soundfiles to standard 16 bit 44.1KHz uncompressed WAV.

Since version 2.6, AudioShare features a built-in Inter-App Audio host with 4 slots. The input slot takes an IAA generator/instrument app, or the hardware input, or Audiobus. The remaining three slots can hold IAA effect apps to process the audio. Additionally, the first slot can also hold the internal File Player for direct processing of audio files through IAA effect apps.

You can even play a file through Audiobus and back into AudioShare for external processing or 'sound-on-sound' technique.

Full Dropbox integration, transfer multiple files and folders to and from your Dropbox.

Supported formats

AudioShare supports all soundfile formats, bit depths and rates, that has built-in support in iOS: AIFF, AIFC, WAVE, SoundDesigner2, Next, MP3, MP2, MP1, AC3, AAC_ADTS, MPEG4, M4A, CAF, 3GP, 3GP2, AMR.

In addition, it also supports standard MIDI files.

Note that AudioShare can read all of the formats listed above, but only write some of them. For example, AudioShare can write M4A but not MP3.

Inputs

  • Record external input
  • AudioPaste from Sonoma Wire Works or General pasteboard
  • "Open in" from other app (like Mail, BitWiz, etc)
  • iTunes file sharing
  • Dropbox import
  • Import from Music Library
  • Record other apps through Inter-App Audio or Audiobus.

Outputs

  • Playback directly in app
  • AudioCopy to Sonoma Wire Works or General pasteboard
  • SoundCloud upload
  • Dropbox export
  • "Open in" another app
  • Send by email
  • iTunes file sharing
  • Send streaming audio to other Audiobus-compatible apps.


AudioCopy and AudioPaste are trademarks and software of Sonoma Wire Works.

FAQ

What is iTunes File Sharing?

File Sharing is the way to transfer files between an app and your computer: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4094

It's used not only by iTunes itself, but also more versatile tools like iFunBox.

Can AudioShare export songs to the Music Library on the device?

Unfortunately, no. iOS only allows an app to export photos and videos, not music. You'll need to go through your computer to do this, using iTunes File Sharing (see above). Note that this is a limitation in iOS itself, I would love to add this feature if only it was possible.

Can AudioShare convert to mp3?

iOS doesn't provide an mp3 encoder. The mp3 format is covered with patents and providing my own mp3 encoding could mean patent infringement, something I can't risk. AudioShare doesn't generate enough money to pay the expensive mp3 license. http://www.mp3-tech.org/patents.html

AudioShare crashes when trying to import a song

If the song is not stored on your device but is in the cloud (iTunes Match), you must download it first to your device. In a coming update AudioShare will display a proper error message instead of crashing.

How do I rename files?

Long-press on the filename in the library and choose "Rename".

Something is not working, or behaving strange!

As with all apps, sometimes it can help just restarting it, as described here: http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/assistant/application/#section_3

Is Bluetooth audio not working?

Since AudioShare is both a recording and playback app, it will only work with two-way bluetooth devices. That is, devices with both microphone and speaker. This is because of a limitation in iOS, and unfortunately nothing I can change.

How do I transfer a file from Dropbox to AudioShare?

  1. Tap the Dropbox button
  2. Select the files and folders you want to import
  3. Tap the "Import" button.

How do I export a file from AudioShare to Dropbox?

  1. Long-press on the filename in the library and choose "to Dropbox"
  2. Select dropbox destination folder
  3. Tap the "Export here" button.

How do I move files and folders?

For moving a single item, long-press the filename in the library and choose "Move". For multiple items, tap "Edit" and select the items, then press the green move button (An arrow pointing down into a box).

Why does AudioShare not show up in the "Open with" list of apps?

iOS has a limitation that makes this list only show 10 (or so) of all apps that can open a specific filetype. If you have more than that, AudioShare might not show up in the list. We are many that are hoping that Apple will solve this issue in the future.

Can AudioShare record the sound of other apps?

Yes, since 2.2.1 AudioShare supports Audiobus, meaning that AudioShare will be able to record sound from any other Audiobus-compatible app! Since version 2.6, AudioShare also supports Inter-App Audio on iOS7!

Inter-App Audio problems

If you get "Could not create IAA node, error -1" when trying to connect an app inside AudioShare, it means that one or more IAA apps has become "stuck" in the background. It is not a bug in the IAA node or AudioShare, but simply a glitch in how IAA currently works. Simply take the following steps to fix the issue.

  1. Launch the IAA node app manually from the home screen by tapping its icon directly.
  2. Once the app has come to the foreground, force-close it by removing it from the multi-task view: Double tap the home button, then swipe the app's screenshot upwards to remove it completely.
  3. You should now be able to load the IAA app in the slot inside AudioShare. If not, you might need to repeat the steps 1 and 2 also for AudioShare.

How do I transfer multiple folders and files from my computer?

The interface for file sharing in iTunes does not allow you to enter subfolders or transfer folders of files. Instead, you can use iFunBox (free) to transfer multiple folders and files from your desktop computer to AudioShare. http://www.i-funbox.com/


AudioShare export/import SDK

AudioShareSDK will let you export/import audio or midi from your own app into the AudioShare app or the other way around, with just a single line of code. Take a look at the SDK and add that "Export to AudioShare" or "Import from AudioShare" button in your own app!

It's similar to AudioCopy, but:

  • Also supports iOS7
  • Keeps your clips organized in AudioShare
  • Supports any audio file formats, not only 16 bit 44.1kHz WAVE/AIFF.

Some apps that have implemented AudioShare support includes:

big thanks to mazenl77 for the speaker used in the icon

Page last modified on July 03, 2014, at 09:57 AM π