Does iOS Recording spell the end of Indies needing to use a studio?

Indra Lesmana recording a track on his iPad

Indra Lesmana recording a track on his iPad

Meteor MultiTrack DAW for iPad[/caption]Mobile recording has come a long way in the last few years, not least with the uptake of the Apple iPad by Musicians. The range of music making apps available for the iPad give musicians an incredible music creation platform.

But with the range of multitrack recording Apps now available do Indies still need to fork out for Studio time or do they simply record their tracks on an iPad?

I know in countries like Brazil studio time is financially out of reach for most musicians and they have embraced mobile solutions to help get the music made but is this true in other countries.

What do you think?

Meteor DAW for iPad Major Update

Meteor MultiTrack Recorder DAW for iPad has received a major update with the release of Version 1.6.

Meteor which already hosts a range of impressive features including up to 24 tracks of CD Quality Recordings now also offers Simultaneous MultiTrack Recording plus a range of other great new functionality detailed below.

Another great addition to its functionality is the ability to record a sound track for your video and export as one file so you can upload them to YouTube.  Journalists can create their video reports on the go and email them to the ready to go.

 

  • Selectable Inputs for both Audio Sources and AudioBus.
  • Selectable Outputs for each track.
  • The Video plugin now allows you to export a movie with soundtrack to a file or the camera roll.
    Meteor iPad Daw Video Import

    Meteor iPad Daw Video Import

  • Stacked Recordings (Loop Mode in Single Track Mode).
  • Improved CPU usage and improved quality of Pitch Shifting
  • Improved Quality Time Stretching.
  • Added a Basic Auto Tune for monophonic vocal recordings to the wave editor.
  • Added an Invert Phase option to the wave editor.
  • Copy, Paste and Replicate now preserve cross fades.
  • Added the ability to apply cross fades to all cloned clips.
  • Added Cross Fade presets for 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500ms.
  • Added Share To dialog to Audio Pool.
  • Added Markers for easier project navigation.
  • Added MIDI Track Event Inspector.
  • Added the ability to Dissolve Type 0 MIDI files and MIDI Parts.
  • Added the ability to Dissolve MIDI parts by Channel, Note, CC type or Selection.
  • Fixed a bug when sending a Mix Down via Email.
  • The Overview button now displays a preview of an entire track in the MIDI Editor and the entire mixer in Mixer Mode.
  • Added a New project option to the Project Explorer.
  • Added the Song name to the Overview screen.
  • Added an Info option to Track Mode for displaying track names and types.
  • Added a ‘Mixer Control Method’ option to the ‘Options’ menu. This allows you to select a prefer method of control in the mixer.
  • Added a scroll lock to the mixer view.
  • Added an option to the iPad’s Settings app which allows you to turn off the automatic loading of the last loaded project.

Check out Meteor on the App Store

Meteor Multitrack DAW for iPad Brings 24 Tracks Via IAP

Meteor iPad DAW now offers users 16 – 24 Tracks[/caption]Meteor Multitrack DAW (Digital Audio Workshop) for iPad lastest update has increased the number of tracks available from 12 to 16 and upto 24 through and In-App Purchase.

The additional tracks and the functionality such as MIDI Inport/Export, MIDI Clock Sync and SSP, Virtual Instruments and Free Sound Library put it on a par with what users would expect from vastly more expensive software.

Meteor iPad DAW now offers users 16 - 24 Tracks

  • Increased default number of tracks from 12 to 16 and added the ability to extend it to 24 via an In-App purchase.
  • Added Replicate function to popup menu for duplicating large sections of a song.
  • Added ability to override MIDI port in prefs so a track can specify it’s own MIDI port or applications virtual MIDI port.
  • Added Auto Quantise feature to MIDI editor. You can now quantise MIDI notes as they are recorded.
  • Redesigned the mixer screen to handle more tracks and better landscape viewing.
  • Added support for Channel Pressure for MIDI instruments.
  • Major optimisation of audio mixing engine for better low latency support.
  • Increased the render speed of audio clips in view mode and the mixer display.
  • Added a note stealing algorithm to the Sampler instrument for better handling of large polyphony.
  • Virtual ports created by other iOS applications now show up correctly.
  • Fixed a bug which caused clicking on clips that use the Cross Fade function with EQ enabled.
  • Added the ability to change the volume level of an imported video clip.
  • Fixed a possible crash when mixing down to a stereo track with ‘Remove existing parts on ALL tracks’ checked.
  • Fixed the broken MIDI loop recording.
  • Fixed a bug with MIDI step recording using the virtual keyboard.
  • Creating a new project now clears previous track EQ settings from mixer.

  • 4PocketsAudio Interview with Guilherme Freitas, Brazilian Guitarist Singer and Composer

    Guilherme Freitas is an established Bassist/Guitarist/Singer and Composer from Brazil. He is best known for his bands Gugles and Pajama Flowers, he currently plays with Bandabala,. The Band has just re-recorded their favourite Pajama Flowers hits completely on the iPad.

    Q.1 Gui who were your musically influences?
    I’ve heard a lot of music in my life but if I have to mention what I most heard would be Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Beto Guedes, Brazilian pop rock( Legiao Urbana, Lulu Santos) Beatles, AC/DC, Stones, Nirvana, Beach Boys, Genesis plus many other artists ,

    Q2. You’re a multi-talented Guitarist/Singer/Composer, is there a particular aspect you prefer?
    I started getting interested in music as a acoustic guitarist at 14, but at 18 I had to learn to play bass because I joined a band that needed a bass player, I continued to play bass for many years, and went back to playing guitar 7 years ago. Right now I’m in love with guitar.

    Q3. Why did you decide to Re-Record the tracks on the iPad?
    The first reason was that at the time of the band in ’95, we did not record the job decently, just made records on cassette tapes. Another reason was also that the band no longer exists and some former members no longer work as musicians, so there was no possibility would be all together again, each took different paths in life. The band was independent at the time and had no access to good studios.

    I always liked those songs and felt sorry for not having done a good recording of them. When I bought the iPad 2 years ago, I noticed that when recording electric guitar I got an excellent result, and it reminded me of the work of Pajama’s, I had to ask for help to remember the lyrics and started to record a couple of tracks before I knew it I was recording 14 songs.

    Q4. How did you find the process of recording everything on the iPad?
    I’ve always been interested in using portable recorders, I already had several studios port (tascam, yamaha), drum machines, sequencers. When I saw the iPad I started doing small tests in Garageband was impressed and so I bought the IPad.

    I used the Apogee Jam, and soon I learned how it worked and I realized I was getting better guitar sounds than in several professional studios I’ve ever had recorded in. Soon I noticed that the GarageBand would not be enough and that I needed a more professional app and found Meteor, then yes I was really excited to do all the work.

    I started the searching process for drum loops and how we had done the arrangements back in 95. I actually recorded all the basic instrumental in Meteor and vocals in Garage Band, because I had to use many tracks, as I did many backing vocals.

    The instruments I used were

    Electric guitars (Gibson Sg, Prs Custom 22, Fender Plus and Suhr S3) I used a 60 amp trademark of Tech 21, miked by the senheiser 609 in direct apogee jam.

    Effects on guitar I used eletronics TC Nova system, Fulltone OCD, and Suhr Riot. ,

    The acoustic guitars (Yamaha) I always recorded 2 tracks, 1 miked by MIC and another running straight at Jam.

    The bass (Tagima and precision and music man) I ran for a pre AMT eletronics and ran straight into Jam.

    The keyboards and the strings I got everything in Garage Band.

    For a long time I was in doubt if I would record the vocals on the iPad or in a studio outside, but then found the apogee MIC and recorded in my home. At the end of the process I had a problem, I would not be able to mix work on the iPad because I used more than 12 channels, and used 2 different apps to record

    So I pulled all the wavs separately into the Meteor where they were mastered, mixed and everything. Throughout this process, Paul from 4pockets helped me a lot by email. Thanks Paul.

    Q5. What aspects of Meteor Multitrack Recorder made it your iPad DAW of choice?
    I found the meteor very professional, with 12 tracks and effects, it felt really like recording in professional studio, also the excellent technical support from 4Pockets provide customers

    Q6. We were impressed with the harmonization of the vocals and guitars, how did you achieve this?
    I always enjoyed doing many backing vocals, something like Beatles, Beach Boys, and Queen, and in fact, in this work, I really did million of vocals. As I was doing at home, it had no cost, and I could take as much time as I wanted so I could do many experiments.

    I recorded the harmonization’s and sometimes sang 2 to 3 times each harmonization to get that wall of sound, like Queen and Beatles on the songs Right on, Sun is on the way. The verse of In the Evening and chorus of I’m Addicted, was sung by the musician and song writer Toninho Mattos.

    I did not know if it would be successful but I tried lol. I do not use auto tune any part of the songs.

    In eletric guitars, the process was similar. I played the same riff over and over again to give those aspect of the wall of sound too. But I played really again, because if you just duplicate the track you do not get the same result, only increases the volume.

    Q7. Brazilian musicians seemed to have taken the iPad to the heart of their music creation, why do you think this is?
    I think the whole world is using IPad to record, but maybe it’s a success in Brazil because a good studio here is very expensive and one of medium size sometimes you do not get good results.

    Q8. When will we see the Gui Freitas or the Pajama Flowers on the iTunes Store?
    Actually I do not know how iTunes works for independent band, I need to tell you how this really works, in Brazil, the people still do not have much in the habit of using iTunes, the people still downloads the net. But I think it would be great if I could put my songs out, but at the same time, because the band to be independent, I do not know if people would know that the band is available on iTunes, I will get better informed and see. When I recorded this work I was not really planning on selling it, it was just to record it and show it to friends, but would not be so bad if I could make some money with it.

    Q9. What’s does 2013 hold for you, can you tell us what are you plans are?
    I am a professional musician in Brazil for 22 years, now I play in a band called Bandabala . This band plays Brazilian rhythms and it works here. My plans are to disseminate these Pajama Flowers songs and continue working hard.

    You can find out more about Gui on his Facebook Page and on his twitter @guifreitas5

    We would like to thank Gui for taking part in the interview, particularly since English is not his first language. I have promised him that I will learn more Portuguese than how to order a beer.

    Keep an eye out for other tracks from Gui and the Pajama Flowers, I think 2013 is promising to be an exciting year for him.

    Funny cartoon rap featuring Kim K & Britney Spears – Very Funny

    Based on a rhyme my Grandad taught me;

    Yellow belly custard, green snot pie.
    All mixed together with a dead dogs eye.
    Slap it on a butty nice and thick.
    Then wash it down with a cup of cold sick.

    I then added more lyrics, and using Meteor Daw from 4PocketsAudio on the iPad, I eventually recorded a song similar to ‘I Got 5 on it’ by Da Luniz, to accompany the vile lyrics.

    A vulgar rap song similar to YFM (Your Favorite Martian), Epic Rap Battles (ERB), Lonely Island, Nice Peter, Macklemore and Flight of the Conchords.

    Pajama Flowers – Record Tracks on Meteor Multitrack Recorder DAW for iPad

    The Pajama Flowers Band was formed in the early ’90s in Taubaté-SP (Brazil) by Guilherme Freitas, Marcelo Neves and Toninho Mattos, and when they toured the U.S. Marcio Chaves and Eduardo Indian had joined the band. Pajama Flowers Finished 97 but have regrouped to re-record the the greatest hits.

    The material was all recorded at home studio Guilherme Freitas.

    Lead vocals, backing vocals, bass, eletric guitars, acoustic guitars, programming loops, keyboards and strings – Guilherme Freitas
    Backing Vocals on Dont let it fade away and Lead vocals on Shine Over – Jana Correa
    Backing Vocals on Shine Over, So Simple, Lead Vocals on Right On, in the evening, The sun is on the way, Toninho Mattos

    Mixed and mastered in Pro tools by Glauber Ribat

    Gear used in recording:
    Ipad2, Garage band and multi track Meteor, Apogee Jam
    Eletric Guitars: Gibson SG Standard, Prs Custom 22, Suhr S3 , plus fender strat.
    Acoustic Guitar -Yamaha
    Bass: Tagima, Fender Precision
    Amp: Tech 21 trademark 60
    Mic Guitar: Sennheiser E609
    Vocal Mic: Apogee Mic

    For further information on Meteor Multitrack Recorder visist 4PocketsAudio

    Meteor Multitrack Recorder DAW for the iPad v1.4 coming soon

    Meteor Multitrack Recorder v1.4 has been submitted to Apple it includes the following:

    AudioBus Support, allowing you to record live audio directly from other compatible applications.

    Allowed transferring of .mov, .m4a and .m4v files to and from DropBox.

    You can now import videos from a file as well as the Camera Roll (using the video plugin).

    Added a Reset Audio option to the ‘Help’ menu.

    Added support for push notifications.

    Fixed a bug which prevented pan controllers to be transmitted to connected MIDI instruments.

    So fingers crossed it should be with you soon.

    Meteor DAW for iPad

    Multitrack Recorder Central to Indra Lesmana’s New Album 11:11

    Indra Lesmana using Meteor Daw for iPad

    Indra using Meteor in his recording studio

     

    Asian Jazz Fusion Artist Indra Lesmana has used his love of music and technology in the creation of his new album 11:11 by not only creating the music on an iPad using Meteor Multitrack Recorder but by releasing the album as an iPad/iPhone App.

    Indra used Meteor Multitrack Recorder on his iPad to record and mix the album tracks, often combining Meteor and its Virtual Instruments with Synthesizers from Moog, Korg, PPG and others to create tracks.

    Indra says “Music application development is growing rapidly. “I am very interested in the development of technology especially in regard to music. This is my 67th produced record album and my first digital solo album app. This is a great experience, a tremendous challenge and spring board of inspiration for me to work with. The development of digital technologies like iPad have really help my creative process to explore and maximize my musical ability.

    It is a joy and honor to work with those who participated and had the same vision and enthusiasm to create my first album in the form of digital applications that features music, videos, games and music sheet “.

    Meteor Multitrack Recorder for the iPad features  12 tracks of high quality audio, a built in Mixer with a 3 Band Parametic Equalizer, over 100 Virtual Instruments, E

    ffects Rack, MIDI and Pasteboard support plus much more.

    The Indra Lesmana app for the Apple iPad/iPhone and iTouch includes the Music Tracks, Videos, Sheet Music and a game and can be found at:

    Indra Lesmana on the App Store

    Meteor Multitrack Recorder on the App Store

    4pocketsaudio Interview of the Month – MashUp Artist DJ Flashard

    DJ FlashardWe thought it would be great to learn a bit more about who is using the 4PocketsAudio range and what they are using it for so it give me great pleasure to welcome you to our very first 4PocketAudio.com Monthly Interview.

    I am a big fan of MashUps, as well as enjoying the tracks I am fascinated by the process that artists go through to create them. So I am really pleased that the award winning DJ Flashard has agreed to be the first of monthly interviewee and tell us a bit more about Mash Ups.

    Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and what got you interested in MashUps.
    A. “I’ve always been interested in music – certainly from a very early age. I was always going out spending my pocket money on the latest chart music – 7” vinyl singles and, if I could afford, LPs. One of my earliest memories is buying the original Village People – YMCA records and playing on loop on my Dads record player (until he asked me to stop – presumably because he’d heard it too many times!). So I kind of grew up listening to music, from the sounds of the late 70’s, through the 80’s and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (I’m a bit of a rocker at heart!), and up to today’s tracks. Having done a bit of DJ’ng work in my late teens, I was always interested in different remixes and the idea of creating a continuous mix by blending records in to one to create sometime new. Then, one day in early 2009, some years after my DJing days were over, I stumbled across a website where you could download separate instrumental and acapella tracks from various artists, which set me on the road to finding and falling in love with mashups. Around the same time, I also discovered a website call MashStix who let you post your own creations and people gave feedback / their opinion on what you’d done. This was (and very much still is) a very friendly place and where I am now a moderator for the site. Kind of feels like a home, having grown up through the ranks”.

    Q. What gives you the inspiration for a Mash Up, do you just hear a track and think yes I want to work with that?
    A. “Sometimes, yes, I’ll hear a track and think ‘that will work nicely with such and such’, but it really depends if you can find and download the parts (acapella, instrumental or stems) freely on-line. Normally, when I’m looking for material, it will be a track I know and like – I do this as a hobby, not as an income, so I like to work with music I enjoy myself. Otherwise, it’s trying to find tracks that key match, have a similar tempo and you’re able to work with the structure of the tracks to ensure the verse and choruses can be made to match”.

    Q. When I look at your Mash Ups you don’t seem to go for either easy or obvious matches, I am thinking of your Beyonce vs Greenday, and Edwin Star vs Genesis vs Public Enemy vs Beyonce (War and Confusion) so How do you decide which tracks will work together?
    A. “Key matching is the key, excuse the pun! The keys have got to match, otherwise it will sound awful. I use a programme called Mixed In Key to help. Most Mashup producers will aim to bring artists from different genres together in their work – certainly there is more kudos in the scene for mashing different styles and genres together and making something new. For my War and Confusion mash, it was for the final of the MashStix Mash Challenge from 2011 – they had very clear rules on what was required for the final of the competition, but I also wanted to run with a theme on that one, and doing a multi-source mash was certainly outside of my comfort zone (although I did okay as I won the comp!)”.

    Q. I know this is going to sound a really simplistic question but once you have got your tracks how do you go about mashing them?
    A. “On my PC, I use a programme called Sony Acid Pro to mix the different sources together (although they are others available). I start by laying down the instrumental and setting the tempo right. I then add the vocals / acapella on the top and set the tempo of that to match the instrumental. It’s then a case of matching up the verses and choruses, trying to match the chord progression, adding some effects to the vocals, volume balancing the sources and generally trying to make the various parts blend together to sound like an original track”.

    Q. I know you have used your iPad for some of your Mash Ups, how do you find working on it compared to your desktop.
    A. “Using Meteor is great for mashing whilst I’m away from my home PC. I just upload the sources I want to use, then mix away with my earphones on. The only niggle I have is that I struggle to be accurate enough on the iPad (compared with a PC). My finger, or stylus, isn’t as accurate as a mouse, and sometimes you need to place a vocal one pixel to the left, for example – easy with a mouse, but with your finger it takes longer”. (The zoom feature on Meteor will help you with this Flash)

    Q. There are a great range of quality music apps available for the iPad, do you think this is leading to it being considered as a mainstay of the recording studio rather that something they can use when they are on the move?
    A. “I only really use Meteor on my iPad. I have other music apps like keyboards and drum machines, but I’ve yet to use them in producing a mashup (although I love the idea of programming my own drum loops and use stems to replace the original drums with my own). I guess with apps like Garage Band and Meteor MultiTrack Recorder being more and more popular, there shouldn’t be any reason why producers and remix / mashup artists won’t start using iPads and tablets in more scenarios”.

    Q. What advice would you give to someone who wants to make their first Mash Up?
    A. “Obviously, apart from getting the right software to enable you to create a mashup, you need sources. Having a large pool of sources downloaded and available helps – build up your collection over time. All mine are already run through Mixed In Key, so I can just go to the programme and it tells me which tracks key match which and the tempo. From there, it’s finding two (or more) tracks that you think match and taking it from there. Post your creation on a forum (like MashStix.Com) to get feedback from other people. Finally, don’t be too precious about what you think is the final mash and be able to take advice and criticism from others – be willing to change or adjust what you’ve done to make it sound better – if we were all that good, we’d be getting paid for what we do and making a living out of it!”

    Q.What does the future hold for DJ Flashard
    A. “I don’t really know. Probably more of the same. As I said, this is a hobby for me, so it’s finding the time away from my work, family and social life to make more mashups, although I find it an absolute honour and privilege to be asked to contribute to a number of mashup albums that are put together and freely available online (Envision’s Smash the Genre and SoundUnsound’s Summer Booty 2012 albums, to name just two – check them out!). I also enjoy entering competitions, so, time permitting, I should look out for a few more of those. Otherwise, watch this space and check out my blog”.

    We hope you have enjoyed this feature, many thanks to Flashard for taking the time to talk to us it is really appreciated. For further information on DJ Flashard and to hear more of his great Mash Ups check our his blog DJ Flashard Blog

    Also check out MastStix.com its a great place to head for if you want to know more about Mash Ups.

    Look out for next months interview is with Milos Twilight, Producer of the Gothic Assassins Movie.