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.

  • 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

    Synergy Studio Music Sequencer for the iPad

    Synergy Studio for iPad

    Synergy Studio for iPad

    Synergy Studio is the latest iPad music application from 4PocketsAudio, the creators of Meteor Multi-Track recorder and StompBox guitar effects rack, which featured in Apple’s iPad 2 TV commercial in January 2012.

    Synergy Studio is a sequencer that enables music creation by all musical abilities. By simply tapping on the grid interface users can lay down a series of notes and patterns of up to 64 notes.

    If you want to experiment more, you can add multiple layers to your patterns by selecting different instruments for each layer. As you build up your layers you can create intricate musical patterns. By switching to the fully integrated mixer and effects options you can take your patterns to a professional level.
    There are four main instrument categories to choose from on the application: Drums, Analogue Synthesizer, Sample and Pad Synth. Each category contains different types of instruments – for example in the drum kit category you can choose from an array of different kits including Analogue T9 (TR-909 emulation), Orchestra, Rock and Techno. Further instrument packs are available in Synergy’s free sound library or as In-App purchases.

    Synergy includes MIDI implementation enabling you to interact with MIDI hardware, such as synths and samplers creating a powerful live tool.
    Musicians can share projects with other iOS devices using Bluetooth technology. Simply select the WIST function located at the top of the screen to seamlessly connect with other iPads to share tracks and projects with one another.

    Synergy Studio Note Grid

    Synergy Studio Note Grid

    When you’ve finished your pattern you can export it to external apps such as Meteor, or you can add it to the song chain in Synergy. The song chain enables you to link together your patterns to create a complete track.

    Exporting your final work from Synergy is just as easy with built in functionality including Dropbox, SoundCloud, Email and Pasteboard into other applications.
    Whether you want to create classical or techno tracks, Synergy Studio provides you with the perfect platform for your musical creation. Synergy is released on 3rd December and is available from the Apple App Store.

    KEY POINTS

    • Synergy Studio is a sequencer that enables music creation by all musical abilities.
    • Choose your pattern length from 16, 32 and 64 notes.
    • 11 Drum Kits, 42 Analogue Synth instruments, 55 Sampler instruments, 21 Pad Synth instruments.
    • Further instruments available from free Sound library and in-App purchases.
    • Edit existing instruments to create new ones and save them to use again.
    • Easily connect and interact with other MIDI controls.
    • Fully integrated mixer and effects unit available.
    • 3 BAND Parametric EQ on each of the 16 layers to control the tonal content of a layer.
    • Automate panning, fading and effects using the mixer.
    • Export and share to other iOS devices via Bluetooth, Pasteboard, SoundCloud, DropBox, Email and FTP.

    Synergy Studio Mixer

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    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.