Recording on iOS – Top Five Ways To Get the job done

Being a music teacher we should always be looking for ways to record our musical ensembles. With todays technology we carry with us in our pockets this is a much easier task than it was 8-10 years ago.

Here are some apps to get you going….

Voice MemosApple’s Voice Memos – Free

Ok – lets start with the obvious. Well it might not be so obvious. Voice memos has been long neglected on iPhone and not even available on iPad until iOS12. Now the app has a much fresher look and lives on both devices. It’s free, it is there and it works for those quick and easy jobs. Things like recording one person auditions. It allows you to record the audio, and the then trim it. Then you can share it in the expected variety of place via the share button built into iOS. Another bonus is that the recordings can be synced between your two devices if you so wish.

VoiceRecordProVoice Record Pro –  Free with In App Purchases To remove ads.

The second app that is quick easy and cheap is Voice Record Pro. Again, for simple recordings that you simply want to record, trim up and share. The share methods are plentiful and not hidden away in the share button menu. They are right in front of you. The interface is getting a bit aged but is functional.

MultiTrack DAWMulti-Track DAW – $10.99

Want to do multi track recordings but still keep it simple? Here is one of the long standing apps that works on iPad and iPhone alike. Super solid and super easy.

This is the first of what we would call an app actually designed to record music. Obviously you can record music with the first two apps but now we have moved into the actual music apps…. now we add multi-track recording (up to 24 tracks), metronome, tempo settings, ability to punch in and out, EQ, Compressor and the ability to tie in other music apps for more effects and to record instrument apps like Ravenscroft Piano.

Ferrite RecordingStudio

Ferrite Recording Studio – Free with In App Purchases

If you are doing podcasting then this is the app for you! On the podcast iPad Pro’s the Ferrite developer, Cannis, talks with host Tim about his app.

Ferrite takes all the work out of PodCasting…. well OK, maybe not. But it does make many things much easier! Things like ducking, striping silence and all that fun stuff. Ferrite makes those things even easier than if I was to do it on my laptop in LogicProX!

Even though it is made with PodCasting in mind Ferrite is a multitrack reacording studio that works super well for the musician.

Cubasis LogoCubasis – $20-$25 if on sale $50 Normal – WELL WORTH THE PRICE

If you really want to get serious about making music on an iPad though then these last two apps are where it’s at.

I fondly remember drooling over the latest hardware multitrack recorders in the late 80’s and during the 90’s. Knowing full well I could not convince my wife to sell our children and our extra kidneys in order to afford one of those fancy things. (wait… is it kidneys or livers we have an extra of? – good thing I’m not a doctor)

Fast forward to iPads and now the cost is really not that much of a stretch to call an impulse purchase.

Auria and Cubasis have it all. (well as close as we are going to get – I think the only thing I am waiting for is the ability to have multiple time signatures in Cubasis)

Multitrack, Audio Units, InterAppAudio, Plug-ins galore and sound rivaling that of a professional sound studio. Wait… are those still around? Why?

Auria LogoAuria Pro – Music Production Studio –  $20-$25 if on sale $50 Normal – WELL WORTH THE PRICE


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