From games to communication to productivity tools, the number of apps available for the iPhone is seemingly endless. Most apps have been geared to enthusiasts, but recently there have been more iPhone apps for professional audio engineers. Ranging in price from free to somewhat pricey, there are a number of apps that audio engineers use to help make their jobs easier.
The three most common types of pro audio iPhone apps are field recorders, portable digital audio workstations and remote controls.
Many of the available audio recorders lack the options found in traditional field recorders, but some have come on the market recently that make it possible to conveniently capture professional quality recording without having to purchase a separate device. Here are just a few:
- Audiofile Engineering “FiRe”
- BIAS iProRecorder
- McDSP Retro Recorder
Using the iPhone’s built-in audio interface, these apps are actually simplified digital audio workstations used to record or program multi-track song ideas. They can then be exported into a computer later for editing. They include:
- Cleartune Chromatic Tuner
- ioMetrics GigBaby!
- Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer
- Novation Automap 3
- Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack (Company founded by Cogswell Alumnus, Doug Wright)
- Thezi Studio Metronome TS
Remote Control Apps
These allow audio engineers to control digital audio workstations (DAWs) or other hardware devices from the iPhone. They are specific to the devices in use and control the various virtual knobs, buttons and fader. Some of the more popular are:
- Far Out Labs ProRemote
- Hexler TouchOSC
- Planet Waves Rig Remote
- Steinberg Cubase iC
Tell us what you think!
Which iPhone apps for audio engineers have you used and which can you not live without?