This emindsca teaches you how to edit an audio file on your iPhone using software. GarageBand is a full-featured music creation app that comes standard with your iPhone. In addition to writing music, GarageBand can be used to perform basic editing tasks on existing audio files, such as trimming off unwanted ends and adding simple effects. If you used the built-in Voice Memos app to record audio, you can adjust the length of the track using its editing tools.
Method 1 Trimming an Audio File in GarageBand
1. On your iPhone, launch GarageBand. It’ll be in your app list.
If you don’t already have GarageBand on your iPhone, you can get it for free from the App Store.
On your iPhone, you can use GarageBand to add effects to and trim songs from your music library, as well as other AIFF, WAV, CAF, Apple Loops, AAC, MP3, and MIDI files saved to your phone.
2. Swipe through the options until you find Audio Recorder. Swipe left or right through the options until you find Audio Recorder, which has a large microphone icon. Once there, tap it to start a new project.
3. Select the Tracks View icon. It’s in the upper-left corner of the screen and looks like three broken horizontal lines. Garage Band is now in Tracks View.
4. Tap the Loop Browser button. It’s in the upper-right corner and looks like a loop of string.
5. Look for the audio track you want to edit and select it.
If the song is in your Music library, select Music. Then you can browse by album, artist, genre, playlist, or song list.
If you downloaded the song from the internet or copied it to another location on your iPhone, tap Files. Then, at the bottom, tap Browse items from the Files app, select Browse, and locate the audio track.
6. Drag the audio file to the left or right to enter Tracks View. Drag it to the first track, then lift your finger to place it there.
Align the start of the song with the start of the track.
7. Trim audio by dragging the bars on either side of the track. Tap and drag one or both bars until the part(s) you don’t want is removed if you want to cut off the beginning or end of the audio track.
To hear a preview, tap the play button (the triangle) at the top.
To undo the previous action, tap the curved arrow at any time.
8. Other track settings should be adjusted (optional). You can use a variety of tools in GarageBand to enhance your audio file. Here are a few suggestions:
Tap the gear icon in the upper-right corner and then select Track Controls.
Experiment with the Plugins & EQ section on the left panel by dragging the Compressor, Treble, and Bass sliders. To hear your changes as you make them, press the Play button.
The Echo and Reverb controls are located at the bottom of the left panel; drag the sliders to adjust these effects.
To return to the standard Tracks View, tap the gear.
9. Tap the down-arrow to close the file. When you’ve edited the track as desired, this will take you to your recent files.
10. Change the name of the project file. Your new edit will be saved with a name that is generic, such as “My Song 1.” Tap and hold the file to rename it, then select Rename, enter a new name, and then tap Done.
11. Save the new audio file. Here’s how:
Tap and hold the file and select Share.
Select an audio quality—High Quality is selected by default.
Scroll down and edit the info, such as artist, composer, and album, if you’d like.
Tap Share at the top-right corner.
Tap Open In.
Select Save to Files to save the song to your phone, or choose an app you’d like to use to listen to the file. If you save it to your phone, choose a saving location (it can be on your iCloud drive if you want) and tap Save.
Method 2 Editing a Recording in Voice Memos
1. On your iPhone, launch Voice Memos. If you’ve used the Voice Memos app to record a voice memo, you can easily edit your recording from within the app.
2. Tap the audio you want to edit. This expands some controls below the audio file.
3. Tap the three dots on the file. It’s at the bottom-left corner of the file. A menu will expand.
4. Tap Edit Recording on the menu. This opens the audio in the editor.
5. Tap the crop icon. It’s at the top-right corner. Your audio now has a yellow bar on either side.
6. Drag the yellow bars to encircle the audio segment you want to keep. A preview can be heard at any time by tapping the triangle (the play button) in the bottom-center.
7. Tap Trim. This trims the ends off of the file, retaining only the portion surrounded by the yellow lines.
8. Tap Save. It’s at the top-right corner. This saves your changes to the file.
9. To improve the sound, press the Enhance button (optional). The magic wand icon at the top of the screen is this. After tapping, press the play button to listen to a preview. If you don’t like how it sounds, press the button again to restore the file to its original state.
10. Tap Done. It’s at the bottom-right corner.
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