WHAT CAPTURE IS: The purpose of this app currently is simple – it gives you a super simple way to record with your iPad. This gives you a mobile recording studio that you can then take back to the computer and edit further.
WHAT CAPTURE ISN’T: A stand-alone recording app. It also is NOT a recording app to record from other iPad apps.
The app is Capture and it comes in two flavors – the FREE Version (PreSonus Capture Duo) and the $9.99 Version (Presonus Capture). The only difference between the two is how many tracks you can record – free=2 tracks, not free=32 tracks. This is present #1 – by offering you the free version, PreSonus has just given you a way to get those simple, straightforward recordings you need. For instance, Choir Teachers always need accompaniment tracks, Band Directors always need accompaniment tracks and we would all like to be able to record ourselves playing or singing our music. Now we have a simple and mobile solution that is free.
The app is very straightforward to use. Start it up, start a new session, select whether or not you want to monitor what you are recording in the headphones, tap the record button and start the music. Take a look….
One technique they have used for this app is to make it very easy to select the interface you want to use. the app works with the built-in mic. It also works with audio interfaces like the newly released (but not available yet) PreSonus AudioBox iOne or the iTwo or any other MFi iPad interface. I used it with my Line6 SonicPort just fine. Trying to find this interface selection in other apps and on the desktop is always a huge search, even for me!
EDITING AND SETTINGS:
For recording it bears mention that I also appreciate the capability to set my input level so easily.
It is also imperative that I was able to adjust my pan settings. It really annoys me when I record my keyboard and it is not in stereo. With the Capture Duo app it was easy, tap the arrow to open the tray, swipe one track hard left and the other hard right. Now my ears were happy!
UPDATED SECTION HERE – Of course then I learned that if you tapped the little dot under the volume slider you can set the track to a stereo track! That means we can record two tracks of stereo! That means I can record in track 1 a piano keyboard part in stereo and then still have track two to record a stereo drum track as well! (Now see, SOME people would call that FOUR tracks!)
Here’s a picture of that….
Adjusting and editing the audio was very easy. Just do what seems to be the right multi-touch gesture and you are probably going to be in business. Tap to select, double tap to bring up a menu to Cut/Copy/Delete/Duplicate/Split at Cursor or tap then hold for a second then drag the audio to a new location.
PreSonus has been very focused with the purpose for this app currently – A mobile recording solution to use in conjunction with their other software that is easy to use. They hit the mark right on.
I’ve got a short video at the end of this post for you to see how easy it is to use this app. First though a couple of observations:
- This app HAS to be used with Studio One on a desktop as there is no other way to get your audio out of the app right now. Studio One is free though – PAY ATTENTION ALL OF YOU WHO USE THAT OTHER FREE AUDION RECORDING APP! Go download it, it’s free! BUT this is one extra step.
- The app REALLY, REALLY, REALLY needs to get audioBus integration so we can use it to record other iPad apps! This would open up a HUGE door! (I suppose InterApp Audio would help too.) There is a huge number of iPad Musicians who are using the iPad and apps as a very real way of making music! What used to have to be done in professional studios, on equipment that cost thousands of dollars, is now being done with apps and an iPad.
- I can not wait to see where this app is a year from now!
- If you use one of the new AudioBox Interfaces – the iOne or iTwo you will have to the interface plugged into power.
and now a video to demonstrate…