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AudioLobe User Guide

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AudioLobe 2.3 User Guide

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AudioLobe
AudioLobe provides an easy and attractive way of slowing down the playback rate of an audio file without altering the pitch rate. This allows you, for example, to hear the individual notes being played in a complex sequence of music, without having them become unintelligible due to changing pitch rates. When you download AudioLobe from http://www.js8media.com you get versions for both Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (AudioLobe 2.2) and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard ( AudioLobe2.3). Use whichever one you want, or both. Looping of sequences of audio can be easily accomplished by setting start and end points. If, for example, there is a particular sequence of guitar-playing, drum use or keyboard playing that you are finding difficult to play, you can select the sequence and then slow it down and hear the music at normal pitch rates and determine exactly how itʼs being played. AudioLobeʼs attractive interface allows you to access your audio files and keep links to regularly analyzed files in itʼs own playlist. AudioLobe supports most of the common audio formats, including AAC (m4a extension files), which is the most common format for storing music in your iTunes library. It also supports MP3, AIFF, CD files, AIFC (AIFF Compressed), WAV, etc. New in version 2 is support for processing video files too, including QuickTime, MPEG4 and AVI formats. AudioLobe can be downloaded for free and run in demo mode for an unlimited time. All the features of the application are available in demo mode, with the only restriction being that only the first 20 seconds of an audio file can be processed. Purchase of a $20 license from the JS8 Media store removes this limit. (http://www.js8media.com/store)

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Key Feature Comparison
M A I N F E AT U R E S

Easy to use graphical interface. Playback audio at altered speeds without changing the pitch rate. Control pitch rate changes independently of playback speed changes. Support for multiple audio formats, including AAC (m4a), MP3, AIFF, CD files, AIFC (AIFF Compressed), WAV, etc. Version 2 processes video files too, including QuickTime, MPEG4 and AVI.

System Requirements
• Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), for AudioLobe 2.2 • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), for AudioLobe 2.3.

Installing
The AudioLobe software is distributed as an Internet-enabled disk image. When downloaded, Safari will automatically mount the disk image displaying a folder with the following files: 1. AudioLobe application. 2. Release note text file. 3. User guide. 4. Data sheet. Drag the AudioLobe application icon to your hard drive. The normal place to store it is the /Applications folder, but it is not required to to be installed there. Then double-click the AudioLobe application to start it.

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Purchasing a license
After installing AudioLobe you will be able to use all the features of the application, with a restriction of processing the first 20 seconds of an audio file. Purchasing a license will allow you to process the full length of an audio file. There are two ways to do this:

1. Select the “Buy AudioLobe...” item from the AudioLobe menu in the application. OR 2. Enter the following URL in your web browser: http://www.js8media.com/store/

When you click on the Buy Now button at the JS8 Media store page you will be taken to the PayPal web site where you can choose to confirm your purchase option. If you do so an email will be sent to you containing your AudioLobe license code. Open AudioLobeʼs registration panel by selecting the “Registration...” option from the AudioLobe menu. Enter the license code from the email into this panel and click on the OK button.

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You should see a message indicating that AudioLobe is now registered.

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Checking for Updates
You can manually check for an updated version of AudioLobe by selecting the “Check For Software Update” option from the AudioLobe menu. A panel will be displayed informing you either that a new version has been found and can be downloaded by visiting the JS8 Media web site, or that you are already running the latest version of AudioLobe. If you would like AudioLobe to automatically check for a new version each time you start the application you can set the “automatically check for updates” preference. No personal information or data from your computer is sent when the software update check is made.

Removing AudioLobe
To remove the AudioLobe software from your computer simply drag the AudioLobe application file to the trash folder. Note: this action will not remove any license code you may have purchased.

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Using AudioLobe

This shows AudioLobe in action. You can click the toolbar button at the very top right of the window to make shortcuts available to some of the menu items. To open an audio file that is not yet in your playlist, click on the “+” button and select an audio file in the window that is displayed. Change the values for volume, bass, treble, balance, speed
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and pitch as required using their respective sliders. The circular buttons with red triangles can be used to reset these back to default values. Any changes you make to treble and bass will be retained, so that when you next restart the application you do not need to manually change them again to get them to your preferred settings. The speed slider alters the playback speed without affecting the pitch rate. Playback speed can be altered from normal (1.0) down to 0.35 (very slow) and up to 2.5 (very fast). Similar ranges are available if you want to play the audio in reverse. Looping of sections of audio can be achieved by clicking on the loop button, immediately to the right of the play button. It will turn to a blue color when looping is active. The values in the table will show the current loop start and end points, which default to the complete length of the audio. To loop a smaller section of the audio, you can use the cue slider to move to the required part of the audio, and then use the two triangle buttons to set the loop section. The new loop length will be reflected in the table. This is very useful for looping a small section of audio, in combination with selecting a slower playback speed, for gaining a clearer understanding and analysis of the audio. The pitch slider allows the pitch to be altered. Pitch is measured in units of cents, with 100 cents representing a one semi-tone change.

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Appendix A: Internet Resources
• JS8 Media web site: http://www.js8media.com • AudioLobe web page: http://www.js8media.com/audiolobe • AudioLobe store web page: http://www.js8media.com/store

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Copyright.
© 2007 JS8 Media Inc. All rights reserved. Information and features described in this document are subject to change without notice and do not represent a commitment on the part of JS8 Media Inc. AudioLobe is a trademark of JS8 Media Inc.

Limited Warranty and Disclaimers.
JS8 Media Inc warrants to you, as the original licensee only, that the software you licensed will perform as stated below: The software will operate in substantial conformance with its specifications as set forth in the applicable user guide. JS8 Media Inc does not warrant that operation of the software will be uninterrupted or error-free, will meet your requirements, or that software errors will be corrected. JS8 Mediaʼs sole liability in this Limited Warranty shall be to use reasonable efforts to bring the softwareʼs performance into substantial conformance with the specifications in the applicable user guide. Limitations of Warranties: EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH ABOVE, NO OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IS MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE SOFTWARE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS AND THOSE ARISING FROM A COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. NO WARRANTY IS MADE THAT USE OF THE SOFTWARE WILL BE ERROR FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT ANY ERRORS OR DEFECTS IN THE LICENSED MATERIALS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE SOFTWAREʼS FUNCTIONALITY WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

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