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Line-in Recording for iPad?

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Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
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Nov 10, 2010 7:08 AM
I use a 17 inch MacBook Pro for recording special songs and sermons at our church but would like to switch to using my iPad. It sure would be nice not to have to lug the MBP to every service.

I'm not a sound guru. I just plug a cable into the line-in on my MBP and record using QuickTime, convert it to MP3 using iTunes, then podcast it using another software.

All the mics come into a box (mixer?) and then there's this small cable that has a line in for my MBP at one end and it plugs into the "box" with RCA jacks at the other.

What would it take, hardware and sofware-wise, to do the same thing using my iPad that I'm doing with the MBP? (I mean just the capturing of the sound--I can transfer to the MBP at home for converting to MP3 and podcasting.)
MacBook Pro 17" 3GB RAM/Mac Pro 2.66 13GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 24" iMac, MacBook, 32GB iPod Touch, Apple TV, iPad
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 7:50 AM (in response to Alan Cook2)
    Well, sometimes you can use the headphone jack with an adaptor, but I personally think you'd be better off doing the USB part of the camera connection kit with some kind of interface like the griffin imic. I myself use the Blue Yeti directly into the CCK, but for your purposes I think that would probably be insufficient, especially since you already have the other hardware.

    Definitely figure out your recording app first (I use DAW) and then see what they recommend. Different apps are designed to work with different hardware connections. Most recording apps on the ipad will do the conversion to MP3 and some will even do the podcast upload for you.
    iMac C2D 2.16, iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 8:53 AM (in response to Alan Cook2)
    Yes, that's the one. It can create the AAC file and allows sharing via email, wifi, and (if you have a free account there) soundcloud.
    iMac C2D 2.16, iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 6:11 PM (in response to Alan Cook2)
    This isn't the program I use, but they have a very comprehensive list of ways to connect stuff:

    http://www.fantastocrats.com/StudioMini/How-To1___Recording_Studio_App_for_iPhone_iPad_iPodtouch.html
    iMac C2D 2.16, iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • The MacGreg Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Nov 11, 2010 10:35 AM (in response to Barbara Brundage)
    Will that work with iOS 4.2 as well?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Nov 11, 2010 10:39 AM (in response to The MacGreg)
    No one is going to be able to answer that until iOS 4.2 has been released. I believe that the developers who have access to it are under an NDA.

    Best of luck.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano 4 gig, 1st gen 16 gig Touch, 3rd Gen 32 gig Touch
  • The MacGreg Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Nov 11, 2010 11:11 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    Well, yes, we'll see. Thought I remembered reading about some recording solutions for the iPhone that ceased to work with iPhone 4 but that might have been hardware related.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Nov 11, 2010 11:55 AM (in response to The MacGreg)
    Yes, apple can change how it works if they want, but I haven't heard anything to suggest that this (unlike the rotation switch) is likely to behave differently in iOS 4. But all we can do is wait and see. As for the apps themselves, you can be sure that popular apps will be updated quickly, since the developers want to continue making money from them.
    iMac C2D 2.16, iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Nov 11, 2010 12:22 PM (in response to Alan Cook2)
    I have used iprorecorder. It's fine if all you want is the sermon, but if there's any music it's quite likely to clip. It's only optimized for voice recording. If you are just recording the sermon, why the mixing board, etc? I had assumed this was fairly complex recording, given that you need that.

    If you just need plain old spoken voice and quality isn't that big an issue, also look at iTalk Lite. The easiest recording app, and free, although very limited.
    iMac C2D 2.16, iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Nov 11, 2010 12:32 PM (in response to Alan Cook2)
    Yah, then you do want a full range app, for sure. Unfortunately, most of the simplest recording apps are designed more as stand-ins for the memos app that comes with the ipod/iphone but not the ipad. The music-geared ones are almost all multitrack, and actually DAW and studiomini are relatively simple as these go, since most of them are geared to adding/creating loops and tracks in addition to straight recording.
    iMac C2D 2.16, iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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