Recording audio onto your iPhone can get tricky. When I began my research on this, I wasn’t sure what adaptor I should use, which audio recording app was best to download (not to mention free), which XLR microphone would produce the best quality sound and be portable. So many questions! I came across the affordable TASCAM iXZ Mic/Instrument Interface and after some research, I decided to test it out.
Tascam’s pocket-sized iXZ is designed to turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a recording studio. Plug in a microphone, guitar or bass to interact with the latest guitar amp, sampling, recording and DJ apps. The iXZ also supplies phantom power for condenser microphones. An input setting sets the gain and there’s a headphone output to monitor from your iOS device. To turn an iPhone into a portable practice, songwriting or live recording rig, it’s tough to beat the TASCAM iXZ at the price point it’s currently going for.
I’m using the FREE app Multi Track to record the audio samples for this OTech blog post. I really liked the amount of control I got from this app and how user friendly it was. Not to mention the fact that it was free so there was no risk involved in downloading it. This is a 4 track digital recorder with waveform and volume meter controls. There’s even a built-in metronome with Multi Track. The video above focuses on Multi Track’s features, how to use the app and gives you samples from a recording session. You can find Multi Track on iTunes HERE and get all the specs.
For the video samples, I used the Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone. This is an XLR microphone.adaptor, Apple, audio adaptor for iPhone, audio recording to iPhone, free audio recording app, iPhone recorder, iTunes, microphone, multi track, multi track free app, Shure, Tascam, Tascam iXZ audio interface