Building an iPad recording studio; Part 10 – What next?

So, we have reached Part 10 – and the final instalment – of the series on building an iPad recording studio. This series has covered quite a bit of ground:- We outlined a brief context of DIY recording and how the iPad is perhaps the latest in a lengthy line of technologies that have gradually democratised multi-track recording and put it within reach of the musical masses (Part 1). We have looked at the audio and MIDI formats as a means of recording musical performances and how your own … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 9 – bare-bones and next step examples

In Part 8 of this series on building a iPad recording studio I outlined an example of what might make a solid, respectable, ‘starter kit’ – hardware and software – to sit around your actual iPad. A system such as this - not necessarily based on these exact items of equipment but items of a similar general standard – would allow you to make some decent recordings using both audio and MIDI and would give you plenty of creative options. However, as we saw in Part 8, when you do a budget for … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 8 – How much does it cost to build an iPad recording studio?

We have covered a lot of ground in the first seven parts of this series. We have looked at how the concept of a DIY multi-track recording studio has evolved to the point where you can building such a system around the humble iPad (Part 1). In Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5, we have also looked at the key additional pieces of hardware you might need over and above the iPad itself; an audio/MIDI interface, a MIDI keyboard, a microphone and a monitoring system (although there are plenty of things we could … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 7 – Choosing the right recording app for your iPad studio

So far in this series on building an iPad recording studio, we have looked at the key pieces of additional hardware you will need to consider (an audio and/or MIDI interface, a MIDI keyboard and/or controller, a microphone plus accessories and a monitoring system – all covered in Parts 2 to 5) and at some of the software you might wish to add (apps from the iTunes App Store – that was covered in Part 6). However, I’ve left the discussion of one app – the most important one – until now; the … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 6 – All about apps; key apps required for your iPad studio

The list of additional hardware described in the earlier parts of this series on building an iPad recording studio – an audio/MIDI interface, a MIDI keyboard, a mic/mic stand/pop shield combination and some form of monitoring – is far from exhaustive, but it does perhaps represent the bare bones of what’s required to get you started. There is one other element of ‘equipment’ we also need to consider however; the software. What set of iOS music apps do we need to assemble to make a recording … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 5 – Monitoring choices for your iPad studio

So far, in the first four parts of this series, we have looked at how the iPad fits into the wider context of the DIY recording studio (Part 1), why you need to consider an audio and/or MIDI interface to go alongside your iPad (Part 2) and factors to consider in selecting a suitable MIDI keyboard (Part 3) and microphone (Part 4) so you can get both MIDI and audio performances into your iPad studio system. However, if you are putting effort and money (even if a modest amount of money) into … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 4 – Microphones for your iPad studio

In Part 2 of this series on building a multi-track recording studio around an iPad I looked at how you go about getting audio or MIDI data into your iPad. There is a key item of equipment needed to achieve this – an audio interface or a MIDI interface or an interface that combines both audio and MIDI connectivity – and this is something that you would need to budget for (I’ll get back to the issue of budgets later in the series) over and above your iPad and a few apps. If you do want to add … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 3 – MIDI keyboards and controllers for your iPad studio

If you have already read Part 1 and part 2 of this series, you will know about the three questions I set up in Part 1. I looked at some of the issue surrounding the first of those three questions in Part 2 when I introduced the ideas around audio and MIDI interfaces and the key features you need to think about when deciding on suitable devices for your own iPar recoding studio needs. In Part 3, I’m going to look at the second of our three questions: Are you happy to play your synths via … [Read more...]

Building an iPad recording studio; Part 2 – Getting audio and MIDI data into your iPad

I finished Part 1 of this series on building a multi-track recording studio around an iPad by posing three questions. Dealing with these sorts of questions will go a long way in terms of getting the bare-bones of your iPad studio off the ground so, over the course of the early parts of the series I’ll explore each of these questions in turn - and perhaps a couple of others also - so that you can get a better understanding of what you will need to start work on that iPad studio. Let's just recap … [Read more...]