The Top 10 Best iPad Recording Tools
Sure, it's quite easy to record things on your iPad. You can download one of several very good apps from iTunes and off you go, using the in-built mic. But this is not how you make great recordings using your iPad. To really get the most out of it, you should get some extras, that can help turning your iPad into a great portable recording unit, capable of professional quality recordings! Here's our Top 10 suggestions:
Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack
The new Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack is easily the best way to turn your iPad into a professional recording studio, with the legendary Focusrite sound quality. This iTrack pack contains a dock with two award-winning microphone preamps, a large diaphragm condenser microphone, professional quality closed-back headphones and a high quality XLR cable. Simply plug your instruments straight in and start capturing exceptional quality 24-bit audio with sample rates of up to 96kHz in your favourite recording apps, or the easy-to-use Tape By Focusrite app.
If you want something slightly cheaper, the Focusrite iTrack Studio is also a great option, with a audio interface rather than the iTrack dock.
Stagg Guitar Interface for iPhone & iPad
We love this one. The Stagg Guitar Interface for iPhone & iPad is cheap and simple to use. It has one 1/4" (6.35mm) instrument input jack and one 1/4" (6.35mm) link-thru to amp output Guitar/ Bass and iPhone/ iPad adaptor. You simply plug it in and play through your favourite app, or use it with a tuning app for precision tuning. Works great with effect or amp modelling apps.
PreSonus Audiobox iOne and iTwo USB Audio Interfaces
The new PreSonus Audiobox iOne USB Audio Interface comes with Studio One & Capture Duo Software, and is an excellent choice for mobile musicians, sound designers, and podcasters. This compact, ruggedly built interface offers high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers, record 24-bit audio at up to 96 kHz. The PreSonus Audiobox iTwo has two mic inputs.
Apogee MiC Studio Quality USB Microphone for iPad
The Apogee MiC is a fantastic studio quality Microphone for iPads. It is bus-powered by iPad and an easy way to record interviews, podcasts, voice overs, audio for DSLR video or any acoustic and vocal recording. This can be a great tool for acoustic singer-songwriters to record great quality demos with that richness and warmth only a true studio condenser microphone can provide.
Focusrite iTrack Studio and iTrack Solo
If the iPad is just part of your recording setup or you need something purely for mobile purposes then Focusrite have you covered here as well. The iTrack is a dedicated and portable interface which comes in a 30 Pin and Lightning connector versions to suit your iPad, it also works via USB for use with your desktop, be it Mac or PC. If you want a full setup right out the box then there's also the Studio version as well, includes a high grade condenser microphhone, headphones and mic cable.
Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac
Another great device from Apogee. The Apogee Duet for iPad is an award-winning audio interface, headphone amp and MIDI interface making it easy to create professional recordings anywhere.
Roland Duo-Capture EX USB Audio Interface
The compact Roland DUO-CAPTURE EX USB Audio Interface is an ideal audio interface for home and mobile recording production. It comes with a pair of Roland VS Preamps. Two combo XLR/TRS inputs are provided on this usb interface, including a Hi-Z input for connecting a guitar or bass directly. With its amazingly unique three-way power supply options gives the end user greater flexibility: power the Roland duo-capture from the computer’s USB bus, batteries, or an optional AC adapter!
Akai MPC Fly Music Production Controller for iPad
The Akai MPC Fly Music Production Controller lets you transform your iPad into a professional beat making powerhouse, for music production on the move. The MPC Fly allows you to sequence four tracks simultaneously with the built in multi-track mixer, and record and overdub sequences, and upload results on Soundcloud, facebook or Twitter. Sweet!
Alesis iO Dock II iPad Audio Interface
The Alesis iO Dock II iPad Audio Interface is a way to integrate your iPad into your studio setup: The Dual combination inputs (XLR + 1/4-inch) let you record vocals, acoustic instruments, electronic instruments or ensembles with ease. Use dynamic or condenser mics to capture audio via the onboard mic preamps, with phantom power. Dedicated headphone and 1/4-inch outputs let you listen to your tracks on studio monitors or 'phones.
Zoom IQ5 Handy Recorder in Black
Small, affordable and very portable mic that can fit in your pocket, the Zoom IQ5 Handy Recorder enables you to make true studio quality stereo recordings, anywhere you go! This is a cheap but excellent microphone, perfect for gigs, field recordings or any other recording needs, such as band practice, or to record demos.
This is our Top 10, we hope you enjoyed it! If you want to see more iPad friendly products, check the rest of our Mobile Devices Interfaces