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iPad built-in speaker frequency profile

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Feb 2, 2013 3:43 AM

Regarding composing, mixing and mastering music for iOS app developement.

 

What are the frequency-curves of the iPad and iPhone (family) built-in speakers? Is there a way to hook up an iPad or iPhone as a studio-speaker, or is there a plugin simulator to audition music for iOS developement in Cubase?

iPad 2, iOS 6.1
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,890 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:40 PM (in response to cugnai)

    Are you aware the iPhone is a mobile, handheld device?

     

    If you have a question about Cubase, you should ask them. It seems they know something about iOS apps.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,890 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 5:22 PM (in response to cugnai)

    So what is the point? Do you just want to use your iPhone as a speaker?

     

    As for the frequency response, I don't think too many people care. It's a phone. How much bass are you going to get out of it? Is this good enough?

  • Michael Superczynski Level 5 Level 5 (7,095 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 11:45 PM (in response to cugnai)

    It sounds like you expect to use the iPad as a studio reference speaker.

    It's not a studio reference speaker.

    Get a studio reference speaker.

  • Michael Superczynski Level 5 Level 5 (7,095 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 12:29 AM (in response to cugnai)

    Good luck.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,890 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 8:40 AM (in response to cugnai)

    cugnai wrote:

     

    The problem is the iPads obvious inability to play lower frequencies. I need to use the iPad as a reference (with all its flaws) speaker


    ...

     

    It's very straight forward.

    At the risk of clouding up your straightforward thread...

     

    1). It's an iPad

    2). It's an iPad

    3). It's an iPad

  • Llessur999 Level 4 Level 4 (1,145 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 10:18 AM (in response to cugnai)

    I don't know why everyone is raining on your question, I think it is a good one. If I were a professional audio producer creating content for devices, as I authored content I would want to know how my content would sound on the devices without having to load it on each device and test it with each small change I make. For example using a production tool to simulate the frequency response of different devices based on standard profiles.

     

    I am sure you plan some level of final testing on the actual devices, but it would be a big time-saver to simulate the device audio profile during incremental content authoring.

     

    This could improve the end-user experience because you could more easily adjust the content for different device types. Doing that would be very time-consuming if you had to load the audio on a device each time you tweaked something.

     

    I don't have an answer for you. A poor-man's solution would be to have your production tool publish the audio content to a web server with each build. You would then have to pick up a device, browse that web site, and start the audio. Not very friendly if you are currently focusing on 5 seconds of a 3-minute track.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,890 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to cugnai)

    The only frequency response information you are going to find is something developed in an ideal environment. The iPad is a mobile device. The sound it is going to output is based primarily on the surface it is stitting on or the way you are holding it. The sound from a disassembled iPad speaker is going to be completely different from a functioning iPad. Do you really think there is some magic setting that is going to turn an iPad into Surround Sound?

     

    No one is going to have any workflow that makes an iPad sound like anything other than an iPad. I have already provided links to the information you are looking for and to apps that do what you ask. What more do you want?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 4:52 PM (in response to cugnai)

    Apple iPad 2 review:

    Tech Notes: iPad Audio Specifications

     

    Does anybody know the frequency range of the built-in microphone of an ipad 2?

    SignalScope

    FuzzMeasure Pro 3

    and on and on.

     

    Note the last two are actually programs to turn your mac into a signal processing device so you can make the measurements yourself


  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Feb 4, 2013 3:26 AM (in response to cugnai)

    Did you bother to look at any of the links I posted?

     

    Thought your question was serious, guess not.

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