Multitrack DAW update – new features for compact iOS DAW from Harmonicdog

Download from iTunes App Storemultitrack daw logoMultitrack DAW by Harmonicdog is a popular recording choice with lots of iOS musicians. While it is an audio-only recording environment, 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.

Multitrack DAW - a streamlines iOS recording environment that runs well on both iPad and iPhone.

Multitrack DAW – a streamlined iOS recording environment that runs well on both iPad and iPhone.

For the current asking price of UK£9.99/US$9.99, 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. The iPhone-friendly format has given the app a dedicated following but regular users must have started to get a bit twitchy as the most recent update was back in November 2015 which added some useful new features and fine-tuning for performance under iOS9. However, thankfully, a new update has now arrived with v.4.3 appearing on the App Store earlier this week. It’s good to see the app getting some developer TLC :-)

Multitrack DAW has a good range of audio effects available covering all the usual needs for multitrack recording.

There are a whole list of changes for this update. For example, the IAA plugin support has been reworked for better stability while the Input Selector box now provides better access to the various input source types for easier selection. In addition, amongst a number of other changes and improvements, auto-backup within the app has been improved and the track solo feature now allows you to solo more than a single track. However, for long-standing users, perhaps the best bit of the App Store description is the statement that the app is ‘updated for iOS10 and Audiobus 3 ready’; looks like the foreseeable future is therefore sorted :-)

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 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.

Multitrack DAW

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    1. I’ve been a MTDAW fan since 2012 (having started with it on a 4th-gen iPod Touch – how did I manage on that tiny screen?!), and have stuck with it for all the reasons you mention. For audio-only work, I find MTDAW fast, lean, universal (I now do more music-making on my iPhone 6S than my iPad), easy to use, and doesn’t “get in my way”. I’m not bothered that MTDAW perhaps doesn’t provide the most full-featured mixing environment, as I tend to “track” on the iDevice and then transfer to our Mac (LPX) for overdubs and mixing.

      Haven’t looked into the new features yet, but I will… slightly disappointed that the new “higher-res display” on iPhones only extends to the “Plus”-size 6 and 7, and not to the 6S. I’ll live with it…

      To be honest, about the only feature I’d want added to MTDAW, is Ableton Link and/or MIDI clock, so I could sync together time-based sources (rhythm-machines, sequencers, etc.) and record them all together and in tempo. From what the developer says, it sounds like this feature may have to wait for the “MTDAW 2” project he’s been working on for some time, as apparently it can’t be retrofitted into MTDAW. Not a showstopper, and I’ll continue to work around it :-)

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