Cleanfeed Knowledgebase

Using audio clips

Cleanfeed makes it easy to play local audio files. Insert a radio jingle into a live show; play your podcast intro; include a pre-recorded segment; or share your latest production work to a client. Our clips player eliminates any complications when it comes to recording, too.

If you’ve ever attempted to play local audio down the line, you’ll know how tricky this can be to set up. In the past you would have had to consider setting up a mixing console, additional hardware or extra software such as a ‘virtual soundcard’ to bridge audio between applications. Audio routing used to be especially complicated when you involved both local and remote guests. Not any more!

Get your audio ready

The first stage of playing a clip is ensuring it’s ready for showtime. In the radio business, this is known as topping and tailing , removing any silence at the beginning and end of your audio file. Once your audio has been prepared, save the files to a local folder or directory of your choice.

Adobe Audition editing a file to cut the front
          and end of an audio clip
Topping and tailing an audio clip using Adobe Audition

For the best possible playback quality, we recommend editing and saving in WAV format, or FLAC format if you can.

Line up your clips

Now we’ll add your prepared audio clips into the Cleanfeed session. After clicking the Clips icon in the top left corner of the main Cleanfeed studio screen, which looks like a compact disc, click the white Plus icon sign icon beneath your row on the screen, select the audio files you want, and then click the Open button in your browser’s file selection window. The clips you have selected will be uploaded, and then each clip will be shown in the Clips row with its filename.

Loading multiple clip files into the Cleanfeed
Loading multiple clip files into the Cleanfeed session

You can select more than one clip, but to keep clips manageable it’s best not to load too many into the session at once. For long clips, you’ll see the three dots of the Waiting icon indicator for a few seconds while the clip loads, after which they are ready to play on demand.

It’s playback time!

When it’s time to play a named clip, just click its square file icon in the Clips row on your screen. You’ll get a visual cue from the clip’s audio meter to show when a clip is playing.

Examples of playing and stopping
Clicking on a clip starts it playing; click again to make it stop

Clips will be heard by you, all of the guests in the session, and included in recordings too. If you need to stop a clip, just click it again. If the same clip is played later, it will start from the beginning, not the stop position.

When playing clips in a recorded session, clips will be recorded with the audio settings of the session recording. So, for a Speech optimised session, your clips will be recorded as mono in your final file. For Multitrack recordings, the clips are recorded in a stereo track.

Tips and Tricks

Remove clips by clicking and dragging them away to the background of the main Cleanfeed studio screen, beneath the host and guest rows. You can also shuffle and reorganise your clips, just by clicking and dragging them horizontally.

Remove and shuffle clips in Cleanfeed by clicking
          and dragging
Remove and shuffle clips in Cleanfeed by clicking and dragging

Sometimes you’ll get an audio clip from a third party source, which is too loud or too quiet. Just like all of the rows in Cleanfeed, there’s a level control on the right side of the Clips row, which defaults to zero adjustment.

The audio level dropdown menu
When audio is too loud, or too quiet, adjust the level of the clips row

Your clips are heard by everyone in the session, so get creative! You can use beds and background music, or pre-recorded segments for comment from your guests.