For more on recording with your iPhone or iPad, check out Erik's new book: iVoiceoverBook.com It's been getting rave reviews and it was only released this afternoon! ;)
Hey Howard, I wanted to let you know that Erik J Martin just today came out with a book about recording on an iDevice and I'd love you to check it out. iVoiceoverBook.com
Last night I recorded an audition for a friend with my iPad2 and am quite pleased with the results, but more pleased with the possibilities!
We used her AT2020 usb mic, the camera connection kit for the iPad, and the Twisted Wave app for recording.
Setup was mindlessly simple, and it just worked right from the get go. Literally plug and play.
No worries on isolating the computer (iPad) from the recording area as it is 100% silent
Recording interface is super simple. Works as expected.
Can email the audition directly from the App.
The Mic Gain was a lot lower than I would have liked, and I had to normalize the file. (very easy in the software)
No MP3 option in the software- AAC or WAV/AIFF. I'm certain that I could have just used the AAC, but would rather not take chances, so I imported the file to the computer and converted to MP3.
I'm not saying this is a pro or a con, it just is what it is. I've been editing audio for 15+ years on the computer and I am superfast with a mouse and my eyes. I found that editing with my finger is a lot less precise than with a mouse. I am sure that with a bit of practice I can get up to speed using just my fingers, pinch and zoom and all that. The talent didn't notice it, but I know how fast I am usually, so I felt slowed down having to audition my edits.
All that said, I think this is TOTALLY FRIGGING AWESOME. What I love about the iPad in general is that it takes all the junk away from a computer and gives you just what you are trying to work on. The same experience is true in recording VO- you are not thwarted with all the shenanigans that software manufacturers try and throw at you.
I did manage to hook up my Apogee ONE interface and play around just long enough in GarageBand to see that it did in fact work. I think using this would overcome the mic gain issue I was having with the AT2020 though it's not as sexy as just plugging a USB mic directly into the iPad.
Well, that is my VERY recent experience with it, looking forwar to seeing where this all goes!
Erik just came out with a book that's AAAALLLL about recording on an iDevice. Check it out - you'll love it! iVoiceoverBook.com