Multitrack DAW by Harmonicdog is a popular recording choice with lots of iOS musicians. While it is an audio-only recording environment (like Auria, at present, there is no support for MIDI tracks), it does offer two advantages that appeal to users. 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.
For the current 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 weeks ago, a significant update – to v.4.0 – appeared with a long list of additions and tweaks to the app plus some items to address smooth operation under iOS9. A couple of further technical updates have now appeared with the most recent one v.4.2 – arriving just yesterday. This is just some tidying up and big fixing but good to see none-the-less.
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.