The iPad and iPhone have continued to grow in usability as well as productivity and they have continued to become only more and more powerful and mobile. With that in mind, the iPad and iPhone are very capable of being used to create your own home recording studio. It doesn’t matter if you want a very professional sounding recording or are going after a more amateur one, they have apps and external devices for both. Here’s some tips on how to make your own recording studio using your iTech.
- Level of quality. This is where you need to start Are you going for a full-fledged recording studio sound and capability or for a more amateur – get the recording done and out of the way – focus? For instance, if you want to simple record a story for your child, that’s far different than if you want a full optimized recording of your bands demo and will create a different path which you’ll want to pursue in regards to how to setup your recording room in the house, which apps you would want to pursue and which external devices you may want.
- After you have determined the quality you’re going to target, the next step is to determine the software/app you’re going to utilize. Some of the best apps for a home recording studio are as follows:
- Garageband – This one is a little more fully featured – allowing you to record audio and edit it, add music beds and post/upload to iTunes, Soundcloud, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
- Music Studio – Heavy duty app with a lot of extensions and the ability to add-in a mic and plug-in recording options for a very solid digital audio workstation.
- BossJock Studio – The perfect all-in-one app. This one has gotten better throughout the years. This app allows, recording, intros/outros, bumpers, background music, file imports and has automatic ducking (background music becomes softer when you push a button to talk)
- Music Track DAW – This may very well be one of the best multi-track recording apps in iTunes as it can easily record 4, 8, 16, and 24 tracks simultaneously with lossless interface for some exceptional mixing options.
- AmpliTube – Another great mixer – although there are a lot of extra costs with this one. It does provide an easy interface that most musicians will be very comfortable with, but if you want the extras, you’re going to have to pay for it with this one.
- StudioMini XL Recording Studio– This one is a solid, straight forward multi-track recorder that is easy to use with a familiar interface similar to ones seen on desktop applications.
- Studio Track – Basic and easy. Focuses on 8 track recording and keeps it very clean and intuitive. Doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as the others, but it does provide ample features to do most recording studio endeavors.
- After you know the quality level you’re targeting and have the app, you can now pursue the external add-ins. Mostly this comes in the way of mics and instrumental plug-ins. If you were to visit Blue House Productions, a recording studio Virginia, you would see top of the line, high dollar mics. But they have to have the best in order to be the best. You may not be after that level and cheaper mics may work well no matter if you’re in Washington DC, Maryland, New York or Caifornia. Here’s a cross-section of popular mics that you may want to choose from.
- CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
- RODE IXY
- Apogee MiC for iDevices
- Zoom iQ5 Stereo mic
- The Belkin iPhone Boom Mic
With the right recording apps, the soundboard you’re looking for and a good mic, you are ready to use your iPad to create your very own home recording studio. You can find any of the apps right at iTunes. Go out and have some fun mixing up some new music for your friends, family, and maybe even the world!