iPad Recording Studio
Using your iPad as a recording device is nothing new, a number of audio interfaces already support iOS, and there are plenty of apps available for recording.
Since the iPad was first released, updates and tweaks to applications and the operating system have made the iPad a serious music-making and production tool. Features such as CoreMIDI support and apps such as AudioBus have made a lot of things possible.
But has the iPad taken off in your studio?
Focusrite iTrack Dock
What first struck me about the Focusrite iTrack Dock was the fact that it isn’t the sleekest iPad peripheral about. And that’s a good thing…
The iTrack Dock supports the iPad at the bottom and at the left, meaning that a full-size iPad protrudes out of the top and right. This is excellent news!
Finally, a company has put function ahead of form and given us a device that will still be useable if Apple change the dimensions of the iPad! Genius!
The Lightning connector on the left-hand side slides up and down to accommodate different iPad models. Thank you Focusrite!
The iTrack Dock features two inputs, with microphone (XLR and switchable phantom power) and line (1/4″) present on both inputs, and an instrument input on channel 1.
Output-wise, you get a pair of outputs on balanced 1/4″ jacks, and a headphone output. A ‘Direct Monitor’ option allows you to record with zero-latency monitoring to get the best performance.
There is also a USB interface, allowing you to connect your USB keyboard or control surface.
Take a look at the Focusrite iPad Dock video with Gavin James and see the features in action.
I’d always been a bit of a sceptic when it came to iPad recording, but I can see the iTrack dock as being a pretty handy thing to have around as a small, portable set up that is quick to get up and running when creativity strikes.
If you have a Lightning-connector equipped iPad, you should give the Focusrite iTrack Dock a look! I actually have an iPad 3 with the 30-pin connector. I’m going to grab an adaptor, and will let you know how it works!
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