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Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
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)
    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.
  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
    Thanks Barbara. That is very helpful. When you say "I use DAW" do you mean "MultiTrack DAW" by Hamilton Feltman? It comes up first in the App Store when I do a search for DAW.

    I'll try to do some searching to see if I can find an app that will do the podcast upload as well. That would be really cool.

    Thanks again.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    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.
  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
    OK I've gone ahead and ordered the Griffin iMic and the Camera Connection Kit. I've also downloaded and tried out a couple of apps that record & podcast, but am not impressed with either of them. So I'll just record the audio on the iPad with something like DAW and then pass it off to the laptop for uploading the podcast. Until something better comes along...

    Thanks again for the help.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    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
  • The MacGreg Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Will that work with iOS 4.2 as well?
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (43,790 points)
    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.
  • The MacGreg Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    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.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    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.
  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
    I purchased Multitrack DAW and StudioMiniXL, but both seem to be overkill for what I'm trying to do. I'm now looking at FiRe and iProRecorder. I need something fairly simple. I'm not the one sitting at the sound box and doing the recording. I could run a cord to my iPad from the soundbox and do the recording in my pew I guess--it's about 20 feet.

    I really wish Apple would do the same with the app store as Google does with the Market--allow you to get a refund within a 24 hour period if you don't like the app.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    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.
  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
    Thanks for the tip. Yes, we record the special singing too, so it sounds like iProRecorder is out. I'm assuming the mixing board is there because we have several mics (piano, four mics for singers, wireless lapel mic, wireless hand mic, etc.). Like I said, I'm not a "sound" person, just a computer person.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    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.
  • Alan Cook2 Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
    I'm still not sure why I need "multitrack" when there is only going to be one audio source (line-in) coming into the iPad. It seems all the other stuff in those apps is major overkill. I'm evidently missing something fairly fundamental about the whole process. Thanks for helping me out here!
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