Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the Spire app?

Click here to visit the app store page, or search for “Spire: Multitrack Music Recorder” in the App Store.

 

How can I listen to the metronome while recording?

To hear the metronome while recording, enter the Tempo tab in your project, and turn the metronome ON. After setting your tempo and time signature, press Record (the big red circle). Please note, the metronome can only be heard through headphones while recording, so make sure you have your headphones plugged in if you want to hear the metronome!

Click here for more information about using the metronome!

 

How do I adjust the microphone input level?

To adjust the input level, open your Spire project and touch the meter to the left of the empty track, which will expand the level adjustment bar. Slide to the left to increase the input level, or to the right to decrease!

 

Do Bluetooth headphones work with Spire?

The free Spire App supports Bluetooth playback, but only when not connected to Spire Studio! Please make sure your app is fully up to date, as this functionality is only available for version 2.1.0 and above.

 

What inputs are on the Spire Studio?

In addition to the built-in microphone, Spire Studio has two XLR/TS combo jacks and noiseless preamps for pristine clarity. Connecting a microphone or instrument to Input 1 will disable the internal microphone, but connecting to Input 2 will not. Among the three inputs (Internal Microphone, Input 1 and Input 2) you may have a maximum of two inputs active at any given time.

Please click here to view all technical specifications.

Please click here for more information about Inputs and Outputs!

 

What outputs are on the Spire Studio?

Spire Studio has two 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo headphone outputs, on one the front and one on the back. These outputs can be used to monitor while recording, or to listen while playing back your project. The two outputs can be used simultaneously so two people may listen at once!

Please click here to view all technical specifications.

Please click here for more information about Inputs and Outputs!

 

How do I share my music?

Within your project, find and press the Sharing button in the upper right corner to view your sharing options.

  • Share mix allows you to create a stereo AAC compressed (minimal loss of quality) .m4a file of your complete mix including all effects, edits, levels, and panning.
  • Send mix to other apps allows you to create an stereo uncompressed (no loss of quality) WAV file of your complete mix.
  • Export individual tracks allows you to create a stereo uncompressed (no loss of quality) WAV files for every individual track in your project. Each of these tracks will include all effects, edits, levels, and panning already applied to that track.
  • Export project allows you to create a .spire project file containing all of your recorded audio, including all effects, edits, levels, and panning already applied to your tracks.

Click here for more information about Sharing!

 

What is Phantom Power?

On the rear of our Spire Studio, you will see a button labeled Phantom Power. Phantom Power refers to DC voltage required to operate certain microphones. Enabling this button will provide 48 volts of electricity to power your condenser microphone. Be sure to disable phantom power before connecting or disconnecting your microphone! Connecting or disconnecting a microphone with phantom power enabled can cause damage to the microphone.

If you use a dynamic microphone, there is no need to enable Phantom Power!

 

How does the Spire App connect to Spire Studio? Is it a Bluetooth connection?

Rather than using Bluetooth, Spire Studio uses its own WiFi network (one that does not rely on any existing modem, router or access point) to communicate with the Spire App. Spire Studio broadcasts this “ad hoc” network to connect directly to your phone!

Click here for more information about the Spire Studio WiFi network!

 

How long does the battery last?

While battery life may vary by usage, you can expect 4-6 hours of use when fully charged.

Click here for more information about battery life!

 

What do the different colors mean when the Power button lights up?

The backlit On/Off button on the rear of your Spire Studio gives information about the state of your system:

While plugged in:

Pulsating Blue: Spire Studio is plugged in and charging

Solid Blue: Spire Studio is plugged in and fully charged

 

While using battery power only:

Off: Spire Studio is powered OFF

Solid Green: Spire Studio is powered ON and has more than 50% battery life remaining (+/- 20% depending on environmental conditions)

Solid Amber: Spire Studio is powered ON and has less than or equal to 50% battery life remaining (+/- 20% depending on environmental conditions)

Blinking Red: Spire Studio is powered ON and has less than or equal to 25% battery life remaining (+/- 20% depending on environmental conditions)

Click here for more information about power LED status!

 

How do I delete a project?

When looking at your Project List, swipe the project you wish to delete to the LEFT to reveal a DELETE button. Press DELETE to remove the project.

 

How does Spire Studio manage its storage in coordination with the Spire app?

When recording using Spire Studio, your audio is recorded to the Spire Studio unit itself. However, your recordings will sync to your phone almost instantly. Syncing occurs periodically throughout the recording process.

Each time you connect your phone to a Spire Studio, your Project List will update to include all recordings stored on that Spire Studio. If you see "Spire Studio" under a project, this indicates that the recording is located only on your Spire Studio. Opening the project will download it to your phone!

Click here for more information about Project Storage Management!

 

Can I still record if my phone is disconnected from Spire Studio?

Yes! If your phone is unavailable, you can record up to 6 hours worth of audio directly to Spire Studio. Your project(s) will sync to the Spire app the next time your phone is connected to Spire Studio! Likewise, if the connection between your phone and Spire Studio is lost while a recording is in progress, the recording will continue uninterrupted!

 

What is the Spire return policy?

Click here for details about our 45 day money back guarantee, along with information about the product warranty.

 

Am I giving away the ownership and publishing rights of my original songs by using the app?

No. Using the app and/or the Spire Studio to record does not give anyone else ownership of, or publishing rights over, your recordings.

 

Does anyone other than me have access to, or ownership of, songs recorded using the app?

No. Please be aware since your Spire Studio is not password protected anyone who has possession of it, and a compatible mobile device, will be able to access your recordings. It is not possible for anyone to access your recordings remotely.

 

Can anyone hear what I have recorded on the app without my permission?

No. Please be aware since your Spire Studio is not password protected anyone who has possession of it, and a compatible mobile device, will be able to access your recordings. It is not possible for anyone to access your recordings remotely.

 

If I use the app, is that granting permission for anyone other than myself, to hear what I have recorded on the app?

No. Please be aware since your Spire Studio is not password protected anyone who has possession of it, and a compatible mobile device, will be able to access your recordings. It is not possible for anyone to access your recordings remotely.

 

Should I copyright my songs before recording them with the app?

While we cannot give legal advice on when/if to copyright your songs, using the app and/or the Spire Studio to record does not give anyone else ownership of, or publishing rights over, your recordings.