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iPad and recording

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by sikamikanico, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Hey Justin,

    to what extent do you see people using their iPads for recording purposes, if at all? Maybe for sketching ideas?

    I'm building a "small home studio" for developing ideas, and figured I might simplify it to the extreme. Youtube revealed some promising apps, like Auria... even GarageBand seems to be able to pull of most of what I'm considering doing!

    Anyway, I figured you might be able to provide a unique insight, given your exposure to recording :)

  2. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    Yep I'd like to know too.... IMHO: wait for Audiobus-ready apps, and it will be really reliable, you will be able to use multitasking, as using a multi-effect or a synth and stream it into ... Auria or Loopy on the same Ipad ;)
  3. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Recording? Not terribly often across my path, yet. Auria is promising, but I'll take a physical keyboard with tons of memorized key commands in PT/Live/Logic any day, VST/AU/HDX plugs, deep MIDI, etc.
  4. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    Agree...I do so much on a MacBook Pro and its plenty portable, what could the iPad possibly offer over that?
  5. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I am an engineer in a private recording studio that caters to the local ad industry.
    We've had a few occasions in the past months, even as recent as last week, where iPad recorded audio was sent to me for use in a radio or tv commercial. A couple were Garage Band produced music tracks and a couple were Garage Band recorded voice over tracks...all done on an iPad. One of the VO tracks came from a music celebrity who had voiced the track on a tour bus. Unfortunately, the voice over tracks were done with the built in iPad mic and sounded like they were recorded from several feet away from the mic and also captured the bkgr noise of the bus. When we got the tracks I couldn't help but wonder, what was the celeb thinking? The music tracks we received were built around acoustic guitar, which was also recorded from several feet away via the built in mic. All of the tracks contained additional noise that the iPad mic picked up from the background, outside, etc. And so far, none of the iPad recorded tracks I've received has been usable for broadcast purposes and each had to be redone in a studio. I think the issue is that people get the iPad and see Garage Band on it and think it's going to solve all their recording equipment needs and make them professionally mobile at the same time.

    I can see the iPad, Garage Band, Amp Kit, etc family of recording gadgets being useful in a songwriting application but for actual production purposes they are just not up to it, based on what I've heard so far. I use my iPad and Garage Band occasionally just for that purpose...to capture ideas and save them. I also capture song ideas on the voice notes app on my phone. But with the iPad, of course, I can add some instrumentation ideas to it.
  6. carpcutter


    Dec 6, 2010
    ^^ I think I have used the built in mic twice and had less than stellar results.


    For the past year, GarageBand on the iPad has been my sketchbook of choice. I use a Griffin GuitarConnect cable - it is passive as opposed to the battery powered types like iRig - for analog tracks and it does what I need it to do, I just play and add drums using the canned drumset. Not studio-quality sound, but good enough for fleshing out ideas. Another big plus is that the interface makes arranging a snap in that you just drag parts around the screen to where you want them. I have found that for me this is the quickest path from inspiration to execution (I've come up with and forgotten too many riffs and melodies to count).
  7. audacity and a cheap USB interface works better -- trust me.
  8. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Thank you all, I will give iPad a try. Maybe I was just looking for another excuse to get an iPad, heh, but based on the info here, it should be fine for the level of recording I want to do...

    I'm kinda surprised they're not more prevalent in the music recording business, in some capacity... I guess it will take a few more upgrades, heh
  9. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Excuses for a musician to have an iPad you say? Check out Liine Lemur, (or TouchOSC, but you get what you pay for with Lemur) iRealB, (and the thousands of free jazz standards in their forum—indispensable for me when I fill in with my friends' agency band) and FourScore for your own charts, take downs, and sheet music.
  10. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    thanks, will check them out!