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All of the audio content available in your Timbre account lives within Storage Media. Whether it’s a recording from a scheduled event or a manual upload from your local storage. These storage files can be used when creating Items.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Adding New Files
- Storage Library
- Editing Storage Media files
Adding New Files
Storage -> Tools
To add storage files from your local disk, click the "Tools" dropdown and select “+ add files”:
You can import multiple items at once from your local drive, when loading is complete, they will be added to your Storage library.
All media files will appear in the Storage Media list, this includes manually uploaded files, Clips that have been converted to storage (see Clips below), show recordings from scheduled events and quick records (see Scheduler and Recordings).
Click the arrow next to any listed item (under actions) to download the file, delete it or quick-create an Item from it
To search for Storage Media assets, click the “filters” dropdown and enter your search term in the “name” field. You can also choose to exclude or only include “unused” files (files not being used in Items).
Editing Storage Media files:
To edit a storage file click the edit button under the actions column.
On the edit page you will see 2 waveforms. The bottom waveform shows the entire audio file, the top shows the zoomed view. You can change the zoomed view using the zoom level slider (maximum value shows full waveform).
You can preview the file by clicking the play button. The file will play from the black marker, click any point in the waveform to move the playback marker.
If there is just a segment of the audio that you would like to use. You can create a clip from the audio file by selecting the clips dropdown. Select the start and endpoint of the clip within your audio file.
“Silence before” and “silence after” allows you to prepend/append silence to the clip.
When the clip is generated, you can preview it in the Clips table. Clips in this table will expire after 7 days if left unused. To view the clip actions click the ellipsis icon on the listed clip.
Click “Listen” to preview the clip. If you are happy with your clip, select either “Convert to Storage” ( this will push the clip to your Storage Media Library as a new file) or “Convert to Item” (this will allow you to quickly create an Item from the clip). To discard it, click delete.
Converter allows you to change the bitrate and codec of the audio file, as well as changing the gain level.
If you need to reduce the bitrate of your file you can use the bitrate converter to reduce it to a minimum of 96kbps.
You then have the option of creating a new file with the selected setting or overwriting the current file with the selected setting with the “Create New File” checkbox.
Click “Reduce Bit Rate” to apply the change.
File type Conversion:
If you wish to switch the file type from MP3 to M4A or vice versa. We generally recommend using MP3 as it is more universally accepted by devices, third party players and browsers.
You then have the option of creating a new file with the selected setting or overwriting the current file with the selected setting with the “Create New File” checkbox
Click “Convert File” to apply the change.
If your audio file is sounding too loud or quiet, you can edit the gain using our gain converter. You can check the dB level of the file first by clicking Generate Volume Data. This will calculate the peak and average (mean) audio level of the file.
If you wish to edit the gain, select the amount of gain you with to add/remove and generate a preview. If you are happy with the new level you then have the option of creating a new file with the selected setting or overwriting the current file with the selected setting with the “Create New File” checkbox.
Click “Modify Gain” to apply the change.
Note: Increasing gain levels over 0dB could result in audible distortion. Reducing gain on already-distorted tracks will not remove audible distortion.