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3 Apps for Recording Quality Music on your iPad

Recording music has never been easier at any point of time in the history of humankind. Many people Anyone can now produce, create, and distribute their music with a professional result on an amateur’s budget. What once was found in a multi-million dollar studio is now handily available in the iTunes App store for your iPad, and even iPhone, for pennies on the dollar. Musicians are quickly realizing that an iPad  is essentially a portable professional recording studio. Here are five apps that every beginning musician should know about in order to record on the iPad :.

In 2011, I recorded an EP calledMountain Sons in Garageband on an iPad 2, and emailed individual tracks to my producer in order to have the songs mixed and mastered. Since then, I’ve moved on to recording with Steinberg’s Cubasis for new projects, but I still love the simplicity of Garageband. Though it only costs $5 in the iTunes store, this app is really priceless in my mind. It also features some pretty sweet “smart instruments” like violin, bass, and guitar. They find what key you are in, so make sure your instruments are in tune. Speaking of which, get yourself a good tuner app. Every time you play guitar you are in tune. The one that I use is called “Tuner+Metronome,” but there are many to choose from in the iTunes store. The tuner uses your built-in microphone work from, so having it connected into the IO dock will not work.

 1) Audiobus

Audiobus is an amazing app that takes an input from an effects app and allows you to patch it into a DAW like Cubase or Garageband. This allows for a virtually infinite number of ways to create, record and produce music. Audiobus.com can show you all of the supported apps that work with it. Quite amazing!.

 2) Cubasis

Cubasis is like Garageband on steroids. It’s got everything you need to record professionally on your iPad, and for $50 in the apps store, it’s a steal considering the fact that most DAWs are hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. It allows for unlimited tracks, and has a great sample library for the beginning artist. It also allows for exporting Cubasis projects to Dropbox and email.

3) Improvox

Improvox is a great tool to get some seriously unique sounds on every recording you do. This is essentially the $4 equivalent of the $400 autotune, with a learning curve of about 5 seconds. Your raw input comes with two squares, each with four quadrants. Each quadrant has a different effect, and the further you bring your cursor to the corner of one quadrant, the heavier the effect becomes. Plug this into Audiobus and connect it into Garageband or Cubasis and you have an effect that will take your music to the next level.


So there you have it: three key apps for every musician wanting to turn their iPad into a working studio. Here are several a few other key ingredients to your success on the iPad.

1. A docking station

A docking station allows you to use quality microphones while recording. Alesis is the IO Dock that I currently use, and it ran for about $200 when I bought it. It’s now gone decreased own in price to $150. Make Ensure that you record any vocals or live guitar under -12db, or about halfway up the volume button. This can will ensure that  prevent your vocals from don’t popping.


2. Pop filter on your microphone stand.

If you want to DIY, the pop filter it can easily be made by using a pair of black stockings and a coat hanger. Just make the coat hanger into an “O” shape and put the stockings around it.  If you have a little more time on your hands,  <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcB3s8KOk4w” target=”_blank”>Here are some in depth video instructions</a>.


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