One of the more unexpected uses of the iPad, as time has gone on, is that it actually has changed how music is recorded. It’s a relatively cheap portable computer with dozens of professional-grade, simple-to-use music apps, so needless to say many musicians have one in their gear bag. Still, the iPad can always be upgraded, and that’s where Focusrite’s iPad dock, the iTrack, comes in.
Pro Inputs, Pro Outputs
One of the biggest problems with recording on an iPad is, well, you’ve got to figure out how to connect it to your gear. Needless to say, this is a fairly big focus for the iTrack: It’s got two mic preamps, a guitar input, and a USB port dedicated to MIDI. The MIDI port is particularly useful since it offers both control and power, making this a lot easier for musicians to use.
Plug and Play
Another nice touch is that it’s got the necessary oomph on board to create the signal you need. Signals can go up to 24-bit audio, with 96 kHz sampling rates. Considering that’s four times the rate of human hearing, that should give you plenty of room to tweak your songs. There’s also a lot of overhead built into the mic preamps and the guitar input, in order to keep your songs properly soft or properly blaring.
The final step, of course, is plugging in your iPad; it comes with a Lightning connector, so any recent iPads should fit right in. Next, of course, is picking the right apps to record music on, but that’s largely a matter of taste and what effect you’re going for. When it comes to recording music properly, though, it never hurts to have better inputs. Musicians looking to add this to their gear can find it on Amazon for $200.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.