Regular iOS musicians will be familiar with development team Wooji Juice through a number of iOS music apps including the excellent Mitosynth which I reviewed here on the blog some time ago. Back in November 2015, Wooji Juice released a different app – Ferrite – and I’ve since done a full review of that app also.
Ferrite is an audio recording app… but with a bit of a difference. It provides a very slick ‘record it now’ interface that allows you to capture audio in double quick time and it also offers a multi-track environment so that you can layer multiple audio recordings, apply some effects, edit the contents of each track and create a mix from the finished project.
This might make Ferrite sound as if it is a DAW (audio only; no MIDI) aimed at musicians but Wooji Juice are keen to point out that that is not really their intention with Ferrite. Instead, they are aiming for something that offers the convenience of a simple audio memo recorder but with the editing capabilities of a multi-track editing environment and pitched firmly at the podcaster, radio/audio journalist and other, voice-dominated, audio applications. And, as I pointed out in the full Ferrite review, they pulled that off with some style.
The other thing worth noting is that Ferrite is a free download and is universal so it will work fine on both iPad and iPhone. Given the target audience, iPhone support might be quite significant as it gives you a multi-track recording/editing environment in your pocket at all times. The app is an 34MB download and requires iOS8.0 or later.
For many users, the free base app may be enough – you get plenty of tracks and the scope to record quite long projects – but there are two IAPs (each UK£9.99/US$9.99) that can add FX/automation options and unlimited tracks/duration. I suspect that once you try the free app, if you do decide the tool is useful, then the IAPs would be a good investment.
Anyway, the app has received numerous routine updates over the last 18 months or so since launch and recent updates have added new options for those with the FX/automation IAP, improved Bluetooth support for iOS10 users and better audio export support. A further update arrived a few days ago taking the app to v.1.5.1 and, while this is pretty much just stability and minor user experience improvements, it’s another indication that Wooji Juice are keeping the app in tip-top shape with continued development.
I really like Ferrite. It provides a simple, streamlined, means of capturing and then arranging multi-track audio. As per the design brief, it is a tool more suited to podcast and voice-based projects rather than music production but, in that context, it does a very good job.
I’ve no inside track here but, if Wooji Juice did expand the Ferrite feature set with musicians in mind, I suspect they would get a good response…. and there are certainly elements to how Ferrite functions that the developers of some other popular DAW/sequencers might do well to take note of.
Oh, and don’t forget that it’s a free download for the base app…. what’s not to like?