FAQ

How do I Daisychain multiple devices?

  1. To open the app, tap the Daisychain icon on all the recording devices (iPhones/iPads).

  2. On one device (the Host), tap the “Start Chain” button on the home screen.

  3. An overlay screen appears and displays devices nearby with the app open.

  4. The Host then selects the devices it wants to Daisychain with. Up to 3 displayed devices can be connected. Once selected, the Host taps the "Connect" button and an invitation will be sent to the other devices. Once accepted, the devices will connect.

  5. All devices are connected when the Record button at the bottom of the screen appears.

 

Once our devices are connected and we're finished recording, how do we disconnect?

A device connected to the Host can disconnect from a chain at any time by tapping the "x" in the upper left corner of the page.

 

What happens if our devices disconnect while recording?

If a disconnect happens while devices are Daisychained, either intentionally or otherwise, the host device will be notified.

If a disconnect happens unintentionally while recording (e.g. your device experiences network connection issues), the disconnected device will continue to record and maintain sync.

The disconnected device will need to stop the recording manually.

Once the disconnected device names and saves the file, it can be exported to the host device through AirDrop, email, cloud services, messaging apps, etc. at any time.

Even if the projects were given different names, the track will open in the right project on the host device, with everything in sync.

 

What happens if I get a phone call during recording?

If a phone call occurs during recording, the recording is basically unusable. The call will be sufficiently noisy enough so that the recording isn't worth saving. Even when silent, the buzzing will be picked up by the mic. Avoid this by putting your phone on night mode while recording.

 

How do I add a picture/change my device name?

To add an image or to change your device name, tap the image in the top center of the screen. An overlay will appear. Tap the icons to access your photo library or your camera. Tap your device name to rename it.

 

How do I adjust the microphone signal and access advanced mic features?

Near the bottom of the home screen is a gain meter/slider.

Tap the cog at the end of the meter to access the advance microphone features.

Choose the sound quality, microphone to use (the iPhone has 3 mics to choose from), as well as the mics polarity.

There is also the option to turn off auto-gain. While some devices don't allow auto-gain to be disabled, we've disabled auto-gain when possible. We feel it diminishes the quality of the recording, but you're always welcome to turn it back on here.

 

How do I record on my own, without other devices?

To record on your own, tap "Record Solo" and the record button will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Adjust the gain as loud as possible without overloading (going into the red).

To access additional mic settings, see above.

To exit "Record Solo", tap the “x” in the upper left corner of the page.

Hidden feature: To “start a chain” while in solo recording mode, tap you image profile pic.  An overlay screen will appear and allow you to invite other devices to chain.

 

How do I delete a track?

Long tap (i.e. tap and hold) the track you want to delete. An overlay screen will appear. Tap “Delete” at the bottom of the page, and the track will be deleted.

 

How do I delete a project?

When you're in the library, left swipe a song and you'll have the option to delete it. Or, if you're in the project, long tap the "Mix" button. An overlay will appear and you can delete the song there.

 

How do I change a project's name once I've saved it?

Go into the library and long tap the song you would like to rename. A dialog box will pop up allowing you to rename the song.

 

How do I clone a project or bounce tracks?

Long tap the “Mix” button in the mixer. An overlay screen will appear. The clone and bounce buttons are at the bottom.

 

What's the difference between cloning a project and bouncing a track?

Cloning is basically "save as". You might clone a project when all 4 tracks in a project are full, and you want to re-record a track, without getting rid of the original. By cloning a project, you can delete the track you want to re-record in the clone, while keeping it safe and intact in the original

An example of when you would bounce tracks would be when you want to record 5 or more tracks in a song. If you want to hear all 4 original tracks when recording your 5th track, you would select Bounce instead of clone. Before selecting Bounce, adjust the levels as you would like to hear them on playback. If you lower the volume of a recorded track to zero when bouncing, that track will not be included in your bounce.

Bouncing creates a new project, and it will give you 3 additional tracks to overdub.

 

How do I mix everything down when I record a song over multiple projects (through bouncing and cloning)?

When you bounce or clone a song, it is entirely possible to have your final tracks living in different cloned or bounced projects of the original.

For your final mix, you can export all the individual tracks from the various projects associated with your song to a computer. When exporting, select “Tracks” and a zipped file containing the individual tracks from that project will be exported.  Each track will be its own audio file, and can be dragged into any DAW (e.g. GarageBand, Logic, Protools, Ableton, etc). By dragging each track to the start of the song, they will be aligned and play in sync.

 

What can I do with the multi-track mixer?

There are two ways to access the mixer:

  1. Go into the library and select a song

  2. When you finish recording and saving a song, the project will be loaded into the mixer

Once you're in the mixer. There are a few things to note:

  1. Every change you make is auto saved (no save button)

  2. To crop the song, slide the bookends at either end of the project to the desired start and end point

  3. To adjust track levels, tap any track with audio. Once the track is selected, you can adjust the noise gate, EQ, compression, reverb, delay and pan for each recorded track

  4. To delete the track, or review information about how the track was recorded, long lap (i.e. tap and hold) a track

  5. To Bounce, Clone, or Delete a project, long tap the "Mix" button

  6. To overdub, tap any track without audio. Also remember:

    1. Use headphones when overdubbing

    2. Adjust advance mic features by tapping the cog wheel

    3. Note: if you plug in headphones that have a mic, you will need to tap the cog wheel and change the mic so it isn't the headphone mic, which sounds pretty bad.

    4. Volume slider doubles as your gain adjuster while overdubbing

  7. Export: once this feature is unlocked, you can export in a variety of formats and in multiple ways:

    1. Export as MP4 (AAC or Apple Lossless), AIFF or WAV

    2. Export a mixdown of your project

    3. Export the individual tracks, drop them in a DAW (GarageBand, Logic, Protools, etc)

    4. Export the project to someone with Daisychain, and let them pick up where you left off. Then they can send it back to you.

 

What kind of audio can I import and export from the app?

Daisychain Recorder is compatible with most common audio file types, like MP3, MP4 (AAC or Apple Lossless), AIFF or WAV.

You can also import and export an entire Daisychain project with a collaborator who also has the app.

When importing audio files, you can either import as:

  1. A new project

  2. An existing project

To import an audio file into an existing Daisychain project, the app and that project must be open when importing.

To export an entire Daisychain Project, it's even easier. When exporting, select "Project", and the method you would like to use to share the file (email, AirDrop, etc). When importing a Daisychain project, the project will open on the new device exactly as it was when sent, with the same settings and everything. Your collaborator can remix your project, bounce or clone the project, overdub additional tracks, drop it into a DAW, add some virtual instruments, send it back to you...the collaboration opportunities are endless!

Note: Exporting is an unlockable feature in the app.

Troubleshooting

I’m having issues networking multiple devices.

While networking issues sometimes arise, these suggestions can help maintain network stability:

  1. Always ensure WiFi and Bluetooth are turned on (even when there is no available WiFi connection and your phone defaults to LTE).

  2. When connecting two or more devices, only one of the devices taps "Start Chain"; the remaining devices wait for an invitation.

  3. If you're having trouble chaining the devices, make sure the devices are in close proximity to one another (once connected you can move them further away).

  4. Check to see if your devices are on the same version of iOS. Occasionally, this can be an issue.

  5. If all else fails, power down the phone and re-open the app.

  6. If two or more iPhones or iPads are being connected to a host, but one of the devices fails to connect, the host device can choose to break the chain entirely and start from scratch, or continue with the connected devices, and subsequently add the device that didn't connect prior to a recording. To do this, the host device would:

  1. Cancel attempts at connecting with the problem device.

  2. Wait until their device is connected with the remaining non-problem devices.

  3. Once the connection is established, the host can tap their own profile picture to start a chain with another device.

  4. A new overlay will pop up and you can re-attempt to connect with the problem device.

 

When I open the app, I get a sample rate error.

A sample rate error means that there is another app open that is using the microphone (like video). Not all apps that use the microphone will cause this error, but some will. Close any other apps that use the phone's microphone and it should resolve the issue.

 

My file is too large to send over email.

Email and messaging apps can only handle so much awesomeness, so sometimes you need the cloud. When exporting, tap the “more” option and you will be able to upload the file to your iCloud, G Drive, or Dropbox app. If you’re transferring the file to nearby Apple device, use Airdrop - it’s amazing.

 

My mixdown sounds distorted.

Most likely the gain was turned up too much during recording. That said, tap on the distorted track, click the compressor tab, and set the compressor threshold lower (slide to the left). If that isn't enough, turn down the track volume. If that isn't enough, you need to re-record.

 

My mixdown sounds like it's pumping.

If this happens, it's usually just a matter of turning down the volume of the pumping track in your mix. In general if you see the meter reading go into the yellow/red range on playback, try turning down the volume of that track.

 

I sent a mixdown via text to a friend with an Android device and it didn’t sound as good as the original.

It should be noted that Android devices and Apple devices use different messaging media players that can degrade the sound quality of the original audio file. We recommend using a neutral party like WhatsApp.