From games to networking to organization tools, the number of apps available for the iPhone are almost endless and grow exponentially every year. The majority of apps have been fitted for enthusiasts, however, recently there’s been a rise in iPhone apps for professional audio engineers. These apps vary in price, from the free with advertising, to the eye-opening expensive. These apps make the everyday jobs of recording, editing, and exporting easier for audio engineers.
The three most abundant types of Pro-Audio iPhone apps are field recorders, portable digital audio workstations and remote controls.
Many audio recorders apps lack the features found in traditional field recorders. However some have recently become available on the market that allow the engineer to conveniently capture a professional quality recording without having to purchase a separate device. Here are just a few:
- Hindenburg Field Recorder
- RODE Rec
- iSLR Field Recorder
Utilizing the iPhone’s built-in audio interface, these apps are in essence simplified digital audio workstations used to record or program multi-track song ideas. The tracks can then be exported to a computer for later editing. They include:
- Cleartune Chromatic Tuner
- ioMetrics GigBaby!
- Novation Automap 3
- Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack
- Thezi Studio Metronome TS
Remote Control Apps
These apps allow Pro-Audio engineers to control digital audio workstations (DAWs) or other hardware devices from the iPhone. They are specific to the DAWs in use, and have the ability to control the various virtual knobs, fader and buttons. Some of the more popular are:
- Far Out Labs ProRemote
- Hexler TouchOSC
- Steinberg Cubase iC
Tell us what you think!
Which Pro-Audio iPhone apps have you used and which can you not live without?
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