Making an iPad Music Studio
How to build a home recording studio using an iPad
In addition to owning a recording device, you’d need additional tools such as keyboards for specific sounds, amps, microphones and the ideal room to capture your music in all its glory.
Then sometime later came the Apple iPad.
The iPad has revolutionised home studios, making it affordable to write, produce and mix your music in the box. Here we look at some of the most valuable tools a home musician can use to craft musical masterpieces on their own iPad music studio, at home or on the road.
IK Multimedia iRig 2
The options on tone come thanks to the highly rated Amplitube FREE and powerful IK application software too. Literally, this tiny box offers you a world of options that musicians only dreamed of a few years back. It’s not just for guitarists with iPads either, it works great on the bass guitar and it is also Android compatible too.
IK Multimedia iRig Pre
Where this device gets really smart is in the design; not only does it strap straight onto the microphone stand but it’s designed to work with all types of microphones. In many cases, you can capture great tone with dynamic microphones, such as the Shure SM58 Beta A. The ace in the hole for this device is an onboard 9V battery which provides up to 15 hours of continuous use with a condenser microphone. That makes it perfect for all kinds of singers, rock screamers or ballad ticklers.
Behringer C-1 Condenser Microphone
The C-1s large-diaphragm with cardioid pickup pattern makes it easy to capture professional recordings without the issues of sound separation. What makes it even more suitable for portability is the shock-mounted capsule, transformer-less FET capsule and rugged body. Those features mean that unwanted rumble and electrical interference are rejected, making it a suitable for capturing your ideas on the road.
Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack
Imagine you’ve got an idea. It’s not just a guitar part or a vocal line you want to record, but a whole song. This piece of kit gives you everything you need to capture anything you throw at it, be it vocals, guitar, bass, MIDI, or any other line source. Apple users will rejoice at the audio docking interface that is compliant with any Lightning iPad; that additionally means it will keep your iPad charged too. It also works with all the CoreAudio apps like Garage Band, Auria and Cubase; it’s virtually plug-and-play.
Besides the saving loads of time by making compatibility a thing of the past, this device has some serious tech behind it. Two 24-bit high-quality preamps from Focusrite, a company who built their reputation on capturing crystal clear audio; so you’re in good hands.
Yamaha Reface CP Electric Piano
But let’s get serious for a minute. This isn’t a sound making toy. The CP Electric Piano is an exceptionally powerful interface which runs a series of vintage keyboard sounds on a 37-key keyboard, boasting 128-note polyphony. It’s light-weight and portable, perfect for composing or performing on the road.
Behringer X Air XR 18
Now let’s get down to brass tacks here. This is a totally different beast altogether from the other devices we’ve mentioned. That’s because the Behringer X Air XR 18 is actually a live recording desk that boasts 16 tracks of iPad mixing functionality. So I guess you’re asking, why is this device in this list? That’s a good question.
As the X Air XR18 runs through a digital mixer on a tablet, such as an iPad or Android device. That means with a little bit of simple routing and running alongside the Auria app, you can turn your iPad into a 16 channel audio recorder.
That seems pretty outstanding, don’t you think?
So in conclusion, here are some products to help you build a home recording studio using an iPad;
- IK Multimedia iRig 2
- IK Multimedia iRig Pre
- Behringer C-1 Condenser Microphone
- Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack
- Yamaha Reface CP Electric Piano
- Behringer X Air XR 18