Audiofile Engineering has released Version 1.3 of FiRe, the professional field-recording application for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. FiRe was designed to bring serious field recording to audio professionals, and Version 1.3 furthers this direction by incorporating professional audio signal processing by iZotope. The most notable of these new features is the new podcast export option, which allows users to publish podcasts directly from the iPhone. FiRe 1.3 is available now at the iTunes App Store.
Features designed to make FiRe an excellent podcast recorder include the ability to tag recordings with location data and to insert name markers. When creating a podcast with FiRe, markers are converted to chapters for easy navigation.
New features in FiRe 1.3 include an improved overdub mode; the ability to change the playback speed while retaining the pitch; the ability to compress files in AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC and Ogg Vorbis formats; improved search and metadata functionality; a new toolbar for fast access to recordings; and an updated SoundCloud API.