I’ve often quizzed subscribers to the Music App Blog email newsletter about their choice of DAW/sequencer and one app that gets regular mentions is Multitrack DAW by Harmonicdog. Multitrack DAW is an audio-only recording environment (like Auria, at present, there is no support for MIDI tracks).
What’s interesting about the reasons users have given me for their choice is that they almost always mention two things. First, Multitrack DAW is simple to use (the feature set is streamlined so you can focus on the recording process itself and not get distracted). Second, it’s a universal app that, because of its streamlined feature set (and unlike Cubasis and Auria, which are only available for iPad), actually runs rather well on the smaller screen of the iPhone or iPod without feeling too cramped.
Multitrack DAW has actually been around on the iTunes App Store for a long time (it was first released in 2009). By default, for the asking price of UK£7.99 , the app offers 8 stereo or mono audio tracks, a range of basic effects processing options such as compression, EQ, delay and reverb, support for docking port based audio interfaces, 16 or 24-bit recording at samples rates of 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz (audio hardware permitting), the ability to record multiple tracks at once (again, audio hardware permitting) and options for getting audio into and out of the app. In addition, two different IAP options allowed you to expand the track count.
Anyway, check out my original review of the app for the full details but, as I posted a few days ago, a significant update has appeared with a long list of additions and tweaks to the app plus some items to address smooth operation under iOS9…. they will, however, be very welcome to existing fans of the app.
However, a further update appeared on the App Store today and, while the app description for this v.4.1 release includes all the same items as for v.4.0, there is an additional fix for users with an iPhone 6S listed…. and as Multitrack DAW is one of the few DAW apps that actually seems to work pretty well on an iPhone (I have it as one of my essential ‘ever ready’ music app toolkit on my own iPhone 5), then any fixes for the more compact iOS hardware is welcome.
Multitrack DAW is about as easy as it gets for multitrack audio recording; no bells or whistles, just straightforward audio tracking. It’s great to see the features being enhanced and the performance of the app improved but without any obvious new ‘clutter’ being introduced. perhaps the obvious next question is whether Harmonicdog will introduce support for the new AU plugin format at some stage?
For those looking for a low cost iOS DAW – and particularly those wanting a platform that can run happily on an iPhone /iPod, Multitrack DAW comes highly recommended. This is not the most sophisticated iOS DAW there is available, but it does a solid job in a simple fashion and will suit many iOS recording enthusiasts down to a tee.