It’s inevitable. Reaching the end of the year and looking back on what it brought us. For iOS musicians it was another good year. A year that our devices became more capable for serious music production and our apps following suit, powered by technologies such as Audiobus. We already have a lot of exciting things to look forward to in 2014, but let’s take a look at our favourite music apps on the iPhone and iPad.
We were definitely spoiled in the DAW-department with Auria and Cubasis being released in 2012. But 2013 still had a few tricks up its sleeve in the DAW and recording department. Here is an overview of our favourite recording apps from 2013 (in no particular order).
The first DAW that really impressed us in terms of functionality had a lighter version released in January for half of the regular price. Auria LE comes with stripped down tracks and misses the plugins and editing features of its bigger brother. If you can overcome this missing functionality, Auria LE is still a great DAW for recording and arranging your iOS doodles into a professional composition.
After having delivered MIDI Pattern Sequencer and Audio Mastering Studio, Igor Vasiliev released Master Record for iPad. It’s a true recording app with the ability to apply EQ and tape effects as well as edit your recorded audio waveforms in several ways. Igor is a busy man, already promising exciting new stuff in 2014. This app goes neatly in the top recorders list for iPad.
Tape by Focusrite was a little surprise when it hit the App Store. This free app is as effective as can get. Tape is a two-track recorder that allows you to record any input (internal mic, compatible audio interface inputs or after the recent update an AudioBus device), trim your recording, apply one out of four mastering effects, and upload and share your recording to SoundCloud with artwork to go along with it. Anything else? It’s free. A great sounding last device of the recording chain.
It’s not a typical music production app, but another recorder worth mentioning (that started out free). Recordium is a worthy replacement for the standard dictaphone app on your iPhone. You can effectively handle your recorded audio with touch gestures, adjust your sample rate and even add annotations and tags to important parts of the recording. Export to Dropbox or e-mail the recording when you’re done. The power is that it’s all very intuitive.
And that’s the end of our top recorders and our ‘Best of 2013’ series. I’d love to hear your opinion.
Best wishes for 2014!