If you subscribe to the Music App Blog’s weekly email newsletter, then you will know that I’ve recently completed a personal project studio build for my own music production work. To cut a long story short, this is a ‘room within a room’ built within a barn and, while on the inside, it looks like any 4x5m domestic room/office, it is pretty well sound isolated (yay! no noise gets in or out).
Of course, like any room used for audio production, sound proofing (if required) doesn’t mean that the quality of the acoustics inside the room – which is the important bit in terms of just how easy the space is to work in for tracking and mixing – are actually any good. That requires some acoustic treatment….
This is always a bit of a mission impossible in a small(ish) space as the room dimensions – and the laws of physics – can not really be beaten into submission. However, it is easier to come up with useful improvements if you actually know what you are dealing with and my favourite iOS app for that kind of thing is AudioTools from Andrew Smith.
This is a universal iOS app that will run on iOS6.1 or later, is a 160MB download and priced at UK£14.99/US$19.99. The app provides a number of audio and acoustics measurement options including an SPL meter (great for getting a general idea of whether you are listening to your mixes too loud and in danger of making yourself deaf) and a test signal generator/recorder (great for finding the frequency lumps and bumps your room creates at your mixing position).
These tools – which are the only ones I used in testing my own room – are, along with a few others, included in the base price of the app. There are, however, a comprehensive suite of further options you can add via IAPs if you get the audio testing bug.
And why mention this today? Well, the app has been updated to v.9.6. This brings a few minor tweaks under the hood but the main change is that the app’s UI is now fully compatible with the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus screens…. and, as before, you get an impressive set of audio testing tools….. If you are serious about getting the best out of your acoustic space, AudioTools is a very useful utility to have around.