Having a Home Recording Studio Via Your iPad or iPhone

music-recording-studioThe 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.

  1. 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.
  2. mzl.qmeueahx.350x350-75After 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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)
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
  3. 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.
    1. CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
    2. RODE IXY
    3. Apogee MiC for iDevices
    4. Zoom iQ5 Stereo mic
    5. 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!


Getting The Right Apartment Pet

petsMost people living in apartment situations do not get to enjoy the perks of having a furry companion around. Many landlords and leasing companies do not want to deal with the potential damages caused by pets. Furthermore, there are insurance reasons to consider. For example, if you are renting an apartment for 12 months with your dog, who is to say that the next tenant will not be allergic to dogs? Even so, with a little know-how, even a perpetual apartment inhabitant can enjoy a furry friend.

Weight Limit

Many apartments that permit pets still enforce a weight limit. The weight limit is usually 20-30 lbs. This equates to a cat or a small to medium sized dog. To be the devil’s advocate here, it actually shows an interest in the animal’s welfare, to limit the size of the pet. A large dog would not really have the lifestyle support it needs in a small apartment. Just think of a mastiff with no yard to run in, bumping into the coffee table every time he wants to take a little circular walk to make his bed comfy.


As mentioned before, many people rent apartments with pet allergies. Some progressive apartments complexes have separate wings or floors for pets. This is similar to smoking and non-smoking floors of a hotel. The proactive way for a tenant to negotiate the allergy argument is to get a hypo-allergenic animal. Some popular hypo-allergenic dog breeds include:

  • Bedington Terrier
  • Standard Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Chinese Hairless Dogs
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Labradoodle (Lab and Poodle cross)
  • Maltese
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzers
  • Soft-coated Wheaton Terrier

Hypoallergenic Cats

There aren’t as many options in the Cat family but there are still a few:

  • Devon Rex Cat
  • Sphynx Cat

Size and Apartment Amenities

It is important to be familiar with your apartment’s amenities and layout before getting a pet. Some things to consider would be: Is the apartment near a busy road? Is there a fenced grass area? Are there appropriate dog walking areas within a reasonable distance? Are there other pets? How big are the rooms in the apartment? And so forth. Being considerate of your pet’s needs should be a top priority.

Great Container Garden Ideas

Container gardening has tons of benefits over in-ground gardening. With a container housed plant, you have the freedom to move the garden to sun, shade, or wherever you like. You also get more control over the contents of the soil. Container gardens keep pests away from your plants much more reliably than traditional in ground garden set ups as well. Save money when you use recycled items to house your plants. Pretty much anything can become a glorious habitat for any plant. This article shows you some beautiful and unique container garden ideas that go above and beyond your standard container garden.

Budget Containers

Looking to save money on your garden? By using items from around the house, or the thrift store, you can easily set up a productive garden, with just the cost of dirt. Some popular containers for gardens include:

  • 5 Gallon Paint Buckets
  • Pallets
  • Old easter baskets
  • Egg cartons
  • Boxes

With any container, make sure you can drill or poke drainage holes so you don’t swamp your plants. Always line the bottom with some sort of porous material like large pebbles. Then put your garden soil on top of that. This increases drainage and won’t rot your plants.

Unique Containers

desk container garden
An old desk can be painted and planted.
Shoes can be repurposed to hold plant babies.
Shoes can be repurposed to hold plant babies.
Egg carton
Egg carton
Bathtub art garden.
Bathtub art garden.