Audio Interfaces for iPad – 4 of the Best
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.
Focusrite iTrack Solo
Focusrite has become more widely known in recent years for its range of excellent audio interfaces than the premium outboard on which it built its name. This is for very good reasons. Providing superb audio quality and preamps in affordable devices, they set a new standard for others to follow.
The Focusrite iTrack Solo is the first device solely pitched as an audio interface for iPad from Focusrite. Providing a high-quality microphone preamp with phantom power, with great guitar inputs, into a compact USB unit at under £100, it ticks every box. As another nice touch, it’s also compatible with Mac and PC.
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 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.