$5.99 App Turns iPhone Into Pro Audio Field Recorder

Apr 24th, 2009 | By | Category: iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players, Podcasting Software

Audiofile Engineering has released a new application that turns the iPhone and iPod Touch into a professional field recorder.

Called FiRe [iTunes App Store link], short for Field Recorder, the application boasts some serious capabilities for its $5.99 price.

According to Audiofile Engineering, FiRe is the first iPhone (iPod Touch) application to display an accurate audio waveform in real time, and the first to support markers, broadcast WAVE metadata, and the instant downloading of files in multiple file formats.

It is also the first recording application of its kind to offer native Sound Cloud integration. Users can upload audio files directly to the web and “share” them “with the tap of a button.”

Details below. If you’ve tried FiRe, leave a comment with your thoughts!

Features include:

  • Record in mono and stereo
  • Live waveform view
  • Scroll waveform with touch
  • Navigate waveform via double-tap with configurable behavior
  • Moveable Playback Head
  • Tap Playback Head handle to add markers
  • Editable Markers list
  • Preference to add markers at time intervals
  • Overdub mode
  • Beautiful and accurate VU Input Meters
  • VU meters change to output in playback
  • Configurable time units display
  • Tag Recordings with location data
  • Pause gracefully when interrupted by phone call
  • Countdown with gorgeous graphics
  • “Record for…” settings
  • “Record until…” settings
  • “Record over threshold…” settings
  • Quality settings: Low (11.025 kHz), Medium (22.050 kHz) and High (44.1 kHz)
  • Preference to automatically move to end and/or add marker when recording starts
  • Preference to limit recordings to 2GB
  • Screen rotates 180 degrees for better control of the iPhone’s internal mic
  • Broadcast WAVE metadata
  • Preference for amount of info displayed in Recordings List
  • Ability to lock recordings
  • File export via local web server and FTP
  • Choice of export file formats via web server and FTP: WAVE, AIFF, CAF (Core Audio Format)
  • SoundCloud integration

FiRe also supports stereo recording with external microphones such as:

The FiRe application retails for $5.99 and is available through the iTunes App Store.

Audiofile Engineering are makers of (duh!) audio engineering and editing software, including WaveEditor, real-time multi-analyzer Spectre, and automated voice-over application Voxover.

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9 Responses to “$5.99 App Turns iPhone Into Pro Audio Field Recorder”

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  2. Uncle Drew says:

    Sounds awesome but I can’t imagine the sound quality of the built-in mic is that great. It would be cool to have a professional microphone accessory, or does one already exist?

  3. frukkk says:

    that’s the question i wanna hear answered aswell : )

    this app makes me consider buying an iPhone –— i could save myself to buy some other recorder, i would spend half the money and i’d even have a ridiculous, stupid iPhone.

    but, yes, what mic can you plug into that thing?

  4. frukkk says:

    somebody should have read that entry 2ce before posting a comment

  5. bob says:


    are you sure that you can use this blue mikey and this protrack with an IPHONE ?
    manufacturers dont mention that….



  6. Alan Perry says:

    I was using FiRe with the Blue Mikey microphone and it worked great. However, all of this stopped working with iPhoneOS 3.0. Audiofile Engineering says that a new version has been submitted to Apple and is awaiting Apple review before it is available. It is very frustrating because I need this to work for an event soon.

  7. Patrick says:

    Works fine for me. Considering the price of other apps out there I'd say FiRe is a steal. There's a way to send .acc files to a FTP out of the program now too. You can change compression settings. For those that haven't messed with an iPhone, the audio quality of the internal mic is actually quite flat and GOOD. Most of the time I don't even bother with the Blue Mikey as I have to remove the phone from it's rubber case to plug the Mikey in.

    I'm going to try using Fire and my iPhone some time for a "remote broadcast" soon. I'll send it up to my FTP site which has a http GUI access. The jock can just right click and download the file and play it back when it comes time to putting it on the air. For today's corporate radio that limits breaks to pre-recorded and demands short remote breaks at that, it makes much more sense to just do something out of a iPhone instead of dragging in gear I'm thinking. We shall see…

  8. Odemar Costa says:

    Hi people. I´m brazilian voice over. I bought an Iphone. It can improve my profession. I did the download of Fire Field Recorder. I need to find a Start Users Guide of this software in order to learn how to edit my jobs recorded in my Iphone and posterior save files and how to send by email to the client. Thanks a lot for this help.
    Odemar Costa.

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