After a very long time FourTrack gets updated. Here’s what’s new:
iOS 7 Tested
Dropbox Sync: Upload and store your mixes and projects to your Dropbox account, then share your music by emailing download links to friends
AudioCopy 2: Copy and paste audio between other AudioCopy 2 enabled apps
Playback in background
GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel updates
Updated SongTool graphics
FourTrack works with most audio interfaces, but sounds best with GuitarJack Model 2 and GuitarJack 2 USB audio interfaces, which feature a 1/4 inch input, an 1/8″ stereo input, an 1/8″ stereo headphone/line out with increased drive for headphones, 24-bit AD/DA converters and impeccable sound with no discernible noise. GuitarJack is ideal for jamming with GuitarTone and recording using the GuitarTone tool in FourTrack and StudioTrack, GuitarJack’s studio-quality sound is designed by Joe Bryan. Read about him here http://www.sonomawireworks.com/joe.php
Musical Android has more details of what’s coming up next for the Android version of n-Track Studio PRO, and it is quite impressive in my view. Dare I say it, Android is starting to move closer for music making.
Now these were the best things I saw from Tascam. I’ve seen their previous versions, but when you’re up close and can handle them these are just lovely. Beautifully made and a joy to hold, and so small too. I thought I’d include the headphones in the top photo just to give an idea of scale.
I think that lots of us didn’t believe that this would actually arrive, but it is here, on the app store right now! Here’s all you need to know:
Auria – the 48-track digital audio recording system for iPad.
The mobile DAW you’ve been dreaming of has finally arrived. Auria is a 48-track digital recording system designed from the ground up for the iPad. With professional-level features like AAF import/export, and optional third-party plugin support from names like PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter and Drumagog (available via In-App purchase), Auria clearly sets a new standard for mobile recording. FEATURES:
48 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files. (24 tracks on iPad 1)
Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible USB audio interfaces (Camera Connection Kit required)
Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz (iPad 1 supports only 44.1KHz and 48KHz)
Vintage-inspired ChannelStrip on every channel by PSPAudioware includes Expander, Multiband EQ and Compressor
MasterStrip on all subgroup and master channels featuring PSPAudioware BussPressor, EQ and Mastering Limiter
64 bit double-precision floating point mixing engine
Third party VST effect plugin support available via in-app purchase (only iOS-version plugins are supported. All plugins must be purchased through the in-app store)
AAF import and export allows transferring complete sessions between popular DAWs like Logic, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Samplitude and more
Convolution reverb plugin with included IR library
ClassicVerb reverb plugin included
StereoDelay and StereoChorus plugins included
ReTune plugin included for auto pitch correction of vocals
8 Assignable subgroups and 2 aux sends
Powerful waveform editor with features like cut/copy/paste, crossfade, duplicate, separate, gain, normalize, dc offset, reverse, and more
Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats and more
DropBox, SoundCloud and Audio Copy/Paste support
Track freeze for minimizing CPU usage
Full automation support on all controls with graphical editing
True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode
Optional video import feature allows sample accurate sync of video to an Auria project with adjustable offset times and video export capability
Timeline ruler options include minutes:seconds, bars:beats, samples and SMPTE time
WIST support for wireless syncing of other compatible music apps
AuriaLink allows two iPads running Auria to play and record in sync, allowing for 96 tracks of playback and 48 tracks of recording
Full delay compensation on all tracks, subgroups, and aux sends
Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak
Adjustable pan laws
Sample accurate loop function
Automatic sample rate conversion
REQUIREMENTS: iPad 2 or later recommended. Compatible with all iPad models (iPad 1 has only 24 tracks, 44.1KHz and 48 KHz) Requires iOS 5.0 or later USB audio interfaces require Camera Connection Kit
Testing the cheap and compact audio interface UCA222 for recording audio on iPad. Even with the power limitations of iOS 4.2 for external devices the UCA222 works nice with the Camera Connection Kit. No external power supply needed. It’s a nice solution for recording in stereo keeping the mobility.
For this video I used the Multitrack Daw app and a Korg Microx. The demo song is an excerpt of Renaissance’s Can You Understand (Ashes are burning, 1973).
This is for real, the first handheld multi-track recorder EVER!
I have been testing this for a few weeks with the developer 4Pockets and it is an awesome application. It allows Windows Mobile users to record and use up to 12 tracks, with the final mix being exported to .WAV or an MP3 file.
MeteoR lets you bring audio into an audio pool from which you can import clips in standard .wav format. This means you can work with backing tracks and loops and then add vocal or real instruments on top.
The way MeteoR has been designed means that clips can be referenced multiple times without duplicating on the storage space used. Individual clips can be edited as wave forms too, and effects can be added in.
MeteoR includes a decent range of effects such as: – Chorus – Delay – Reverb – EQ
and a few more besides and has three aux sends. Virtually all of the effects and track parameters can be automated very easily. Mixing and editing facilities are very easy to use too.
Overall it is an awesome application and really worth looking at if you are on the Windows Mobile platform. I’ve been testing it on a Dell Axim running at 520mhz with a 133x SD card and it runs like a dream.
Here’s what the 4Pockets site has to say about it:
MeteoR is a digital multi-track recorder designed specifically for the Pocket PC. The program features up to 12 tracks of high quality audio, a built in mixer and multi-effects processor. MeTeoR is ideally suited for creating musical compositions, and also a great tool for journalists and business people who need to splice and piece together voice notes, narration or dictation. Compositions once mixed can be exported to standard file formats for use on your desktop PC.
MeTeoR includes a fully featured sound editor allowing recordings to be trimmed or spliced together. You can apply various effects to your recordings either directly, as part of the recording process or in real time during playback. Editor features include cut, copy, paste, fade in/out. clear, reverse, gain, normalize, remove dc offset, time stretch and apply effect. Effects include digital delay, chorus, reverb, phaser, tremolo, graphic equalizer, filter factory, pitch shifter, tone boost and noise gate.
The Mixer and effects are fully automated using definable controller tracks. An integrated metronome with count-in helps you record your masterpiece, and If 12 tracks isn’t enough there is a full stereo mixdown facility.
Minimum System Requirements
Processor: 400Mhz or better Storage: High Speed SD or CF card (1GB x133 recommended). Memory: Requires approx 5Mb free program momory.
Note: MeTeoR uses uncompressed WAV files in order to achieve its speed. Audio data is recorded at 44.1Kb/s (CD quality) and require large amounts of storage space. It is therefore recommended that you use a high speed SD/CF card to store recorded materials. A 1GB SD card for instance will store approximately 6 hours of recordings.
12 simultaneous CD quality tracks
Integrated 12 channel Mixer
Integrated Sample Editor
Aux Send Effects
Insert and Record Insert Effects
Mixer and Effect Automation
Mixdown / Bounce Facility
Import from WAV format
Export to MP3 and WAV format
Supports SD/CF Cards (recommended).
Auto Calibration Feature
Memory Speed Test Feature
I expect I’ll be posting more on the app as I continue to use it, but if you are a Windows Mobile user, this is really worth a look.
I was really pleased to read this. Belkin’s TuneStudio got an iLounge’s Best of Show 2007 Award. Fantastic. I think it deserved it. I think it is a really innovative product, I can’t wait for it to come out. Well done iLounge for giving it an award too.
I was especially glad to see one in the picture as well. It is always cool to see these things in the flesh.
This looks interesting. I love the idea of hardware add-ons for devices like iPods that take them completely outside the realm of what they were made for. This is a great idea.
If this comes out I am going to have to seriously re-evaluate my needs for an iPod.
Here’s what iLounge say about it:
Belkin has introduced the TuneStudio, a four-channel audio mixer that allows users to create digital recordings directly to a fifth-generation iPod. The mixer accepts up to four different instruments or audio sources, and records the audio to the iPod in 16-bit, 44kHz stereo quality for instant playback; each source has a 3-band equalizer, pan and level controls, and the system offers microphone gain and makeup gain features attenuated to the iPod’s recording needs. According to the company, it can also serve as an external USB sound card for PCs or Macs, allowing PC source audio input and output to a PC from any of its inputs, as well as streaming audio over a USB connection.
“TuneStudio is compact, portable, and tough enough to withstand life in a rehearsal room or in a garage,” says Belkin. “Bands can easily attach instruments and microphones to TuneStudio and record jam sessions directly onto an iPod. Podcasters can also use this device to record their shows either in a studio or on location.” Belkin said the TuneStudio is expected to be released this summer, priced at $180.