Meteor update – 4Pockets tweak their iOS audio+MIDI recording app

Download from iTunes App Storemeteor-logo-2It’s another week when we are seeing a number of iOS DAW/sequencers getting some TLC. With Gadget getting the long-awaited audio recording feature (and OSX version) and Cubasis moving to v.2.1 with some nice new features and refinements, iOS-based recording keeps moving steadily forwards.

Of course, while apps such as Auria Pro, CubasisGarageband and Gadget perhaps get the headlines when it comes to recording under iOS, there are a number of other contenders that are well worth considering. If you want both audio and MIDI recording within a single app, one of the other obvious choices is Meteor Multitrack Recorder by developer 4Pockets.

I did a full review of v.1.5 of Meteor back in March 2013 so, if you are not familiar with the basic operation of the app, that would be worth a skim through. With an initial price of UK£19.99/US$19.99 for the app, and (like Auria Pro) a large selection of add-on features available via IAPs, Meteor comes with a well-featured specification and can be expanded to include plenty of additional options as your needs grow. I suspect most people would see the Virtual Instrument Pack + MIDI Editor (UK£14.99/US$14.99) as an essential IAP purchase to fully exploit the app and there are a number of further useful IAPs available.

Meteor offers a fairly conventional - and workman-like - take on the DAW/sequencer environment....

Meteor offers a fairly conventional – and workman-like – take on the DAW/sequencer environment….

For a while after I did my initial review, Meteor had regular updates (for example, adding Audiobus and IAA support), however, between December 2014 and September 2016, nothing much happened…  a pretty long time in iOS music technology terms. However, v.2.20 did eventually arrive and, while more evolutionary rather than revolutionary given the nearly 2 year pause, it was undoubtedly welcomed by existing users. That update delivered 64-bit support to the app (it now requires iOS8.1, is a 130MB download and is still iPad-only) and also fixed a number of bugs.

The app includes a solid mixing environment.

The app includes a solid mixing environment.

Anyway, a further minor update – v.2.22 – appeared on the App Store a couple of days ago. This simply brings a fix for those working on older devices and who had had issues when trying to install the app. It’s good to see 4Pockets being prepared to pay attention to backwards compatibility for its user base.

There are a range of IAPs available to add to the core feature set of the base app.

There are a range of IAPs available to add to the core feature set of the base app.

If one of the bigger names doesn’t crank your particular handle, Meteor is most certainly well worth considering. It is a very capable – and quite deep – app, especially if you opt for some of the additional features available via IAP. There are a few things about the interface and workflow that require some familiarisation with when you first start but, once you are over that hump, there are a lot of very interesting features to uncover.

Hopefully 4Pockets can keep the development process rolling….  and the obvious feature that most DAW/sequencers users would now like to see added is support for AU plugins. If that’s forthcoming then it would certainly broaden the appeal of the app….   Anyway, if you are still searching for your ideal iOS DAW/sequencer, and you are not worried about following the crowd, then 4Pockets Meteor is well worth a look.

Meteor Multitrack Recorder

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