Here are four of the best audio interfaces for iPad currently available
With every day, it seems the iPad has more to recommend it as a platform for recording, and the growing number of audio interfaces for iPad and their diversity are ample illustrations of this.
With just about every major audio interface brand now offering at least one compatible device, it seems that Apple’s tablet is quickly becoming the first choice for mobile musicians.
If you’re aiming to exploit your iPad for musical purposes, you’ll need to know which audio interfaces for iPad are the best for your needs. Here are four great choices.
Zoom is more traditionally known for its work in the field of guitar pedals and effects, although it has a sort of double life too. See, as well as its prominence in the guitar world, it has also grown in stature in the world of video production. Its superb H-series units are well respected audio capture devices, used extensively in videography on account of their unique features.
With the Zoom U-22, the company has applied that knowledge of audio capture to a superb little interface designed to work with both laptop and desktop computers, but also – hence its inclusion – with Apple’s tablet devices.
As a cost-effective way to get into recording onto an iPad, it’s pretty peerless. For not very much money at all, you’re getting a full-size XLR input, and the ability to monitor via headphones. All from a unit roughly the size of an ice hockey puck. It requires you to use a camera connection kit, but these leads and adapters can be obtained pretty cheaply.
PreSonus Audiobox iOne
Another big name in the world of audio interfaces, PreSonus is hugely respected in the music industry for its larger-scale studio equipment. It has a reputation for excellent sound quality, craftsmanship and flexibility.
Now that same level of quality is available for iPad users. While its suitability as the main audio interface in a home studio isn’t in doubt, we particularly liked the idea of using the PreSonus Audiobox iOne as a portable unit. You have your main interface set up in your studio, which doesn’t move, and the Audiobox iOne is carried around with your tablet ready for use at the drop of a hat.
IK Multimedia iRig2
Despite its leftfield appearance, the IK Multimedia iRig 2 was actually one of the first devices on the market which allowed guitarists to plug their instruments into their iPads. Or rather, its predecessor was. This newer version improves on the sound quality reaching your device, meaning tones from apps like Amplitube sound pristine.
Presonus AudioBox iTwo Studio
Behold the Presonus AudioBox iTwo Studio, which gives you everything needed – minus the iPad – to produce flawless recordings. Alongside the excellent and ultra-mobile AudioBox iTwo bus-powered interface, you’ll find the large diaphragm M7 condenser mic, high-definition HD7 headphones, cables to get you started and the award-winning Studio One Artist DAW.
Presonus’ Capture Duo app makes it incredibly easy to record using your iPad. The free-version offers two-track recording with up to 24-bit, 96kHz straight to your iPad from the AudioBox iTwo. However, a Presonus have created a low-cost multi-track version for those who need that bit more, which offers capability to record up to a whopping 32 tracks!
With everything you need in one handy package at such an affordable price, you have absolutely no excuses!
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