Recording Studio Apps – Ready or Not
Technology is Excellent!
When it works of course. This week I am going to explain some myths and realities about Recording Studio Apps. I encourage you all to provide feedback in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
Technology also works when it is used for the right purpose. Have you ever heard the old saying – use the right tool for the right job?
There is definitely some cool apps out on the market. Many are free (or so we think) and then there are those that will cost you a fee.
In this weeks article I will not be providing you links to apps nor a list of apps that are good or bad. Instead I will be advising you of the concerns you should have regarding apps and recording music. Regardless of whether you have an iPhone or an Android a tablet or a notebook or whatever the newest creation of mobile device is you will want to read this before you start recording.
There is a lot to cover though I will keep it short and sweet as usual … only providing a bit of my humorous fluff. I think the word fluff is humorous on it’s own. 🙂
So here we go – on with the show …
Ready or Not –
That is the statement or better yet the question, Ready or Not? Why – simple – some mobile device apps are well constructed and able to achieve decent outcomes though mobile devices themselves are not ready for the task in a stand alone fashion.
So I break this down into two forms – the apps and the devices.
Currently there is not an app that I found for my Android, or my daughters iPad that had the power and capabilities that I need in my studio.
Now, there is merit to some of the apps I’ve found in that they would make for a decent tool to use for rough drafts or to just get thoughts and sounds down for memory’s sake. Your or my memory not the device memory of course.
Some others I found were simply crap and not worthy of my time let alone taking up precious resources on my phone.
The better of the bunch had a cost to them as well as some of the free ones. Only portions of the app was free or the entire app was free for a limited time or had no saving or exporting capabilities. The latter were Free just to get you in the door and hooked, and at times hooked with a gimmick.
Also the majority of the apps had ads on them and some apps ate up battery like mad.
Plain and simple – None are ready for professional recording off the shelf.
The first and foremost reason why is that they do not have high quality studio grade microphones – nor can they with the technology available today. The devices are just too small to provide room for even a decent microphone.
OK- yes there are after market mics and even some guitar plugin devices to add to your phone … but … aren’t we heading down a different road when we start adding all these other gadgets to our mobile devices. At this point the cost alone would drive a smart person to invest in better quality dedicated studio recording equipment. Some of which is very small too!
A person buys a motorcycle to get themselves from point A to point B and typically for enjoyment but rarely for hauling bags of groceries from the market or dropping of all the kids at soccer practice. Your phone or other mobile device was intended for a purpose and in a pinch could be used mediocrely for recording but not in place of your home studio.
So Now What
Simple – use your phone or other mobile device for what it was intended for, including using it to record but don’t expect album quality recordings from it without spending a wad of dough on other gadgets and apps to achieve studio quality.
Enjoy your mobile device and experiment with apps out there and possible ways to record or sample. There may come a day when you or I can actually take our smart phones as they are and produce record quality recordings on the spot. For now that day is far from here.
If you really need to get excellent quality recordings on the road, away from home or anywhere other than your studio at an affordable price you should check out my article on Portable Digital Recorders and my review on the Tascam DR 40. Both can be found by click the blue text link which will open another browser window with the article so you don not lose your place here at LRT.
I invite you to chime in below in the comments section and let me know what experience you’ve had with your mobile device and recording. I also encourage you to drop a comment about Recording Studio Apps that you’ve had experience with.
You are not alone.