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greg1948
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Feb 23rd, 2012 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My recording needs are simple. I record myself playing all instruments and vocals. Usually wind up with 8-10 tracks. I do minor tweaking of individual tracks - some compression, volume changes, etc. Simple mixdown to stereo track, final compression, maybe EQ.

Don't need "red book" standards, tracks are not going to be broadcast, just for fun.

Anyway, I'm using Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro on PC. But computer is getting quirky. Thinking that maybe I could do what I need to do on an iPad with Garage Band. Any opinions on that solution?



garp
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Feb 23rd, 2012 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A friend of mine has GarageBand for iOS installed on his iPad 2, using an Apogee JAM as an interface. I have to admit: It’s pretty cool.

The only potential downside I could envision is that since the iPad 2 only has 512MB of RAM, you won’t be able to store a lot of GarageBand files on there without periodically moving them off to an external storage device to free up RAM.

If you’d rather not have to worry about that kind of memory management, a MacBook might be more versatile, especially if you have other computing needs.

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Feb 23rd, 2012 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Garageband for IPAD is amazingly good. Very powerful and with some cool features that the regular version doesn't have. It does have some limitations, but for your needs I think it would be perfect.

Yes, offload stuff to a big USB drive and you'll be cool.

A Macbook (maybe a refurb if you are on a budget) will be more versatile, but also more complicated. Though not much. Either will be a blast.

With the Ipad you could use the Apogee guitar thingie, but I'd recommend getting a simple but decent quality USB mic. More options and better sounds even mic'ing an inexpensive or small amp.
The models are good in Itunes (as good as any) but to my ears a mic'd amp sounds better and offers more fun options.
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fendrguitplayr
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Feb 23rd, 2012 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

iOS apps are getting better with more hardware available every week. The new Sweetwater catalog that I got this week has an amazing amount of iOS accessories and hardware.

Pretty cool demo (YT)

Rustyslide

Halifax, Canada

Feb 24th, 2012 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The only potential downside I could envision is that since the iPad 2 only has 512MB of RAM, you won’t be able to store a lot of GarageBand files on there without periodically moving them off to an external storage device to free up RAM."

Uh, you don't store projects in RAM, you store them on the storage space, which is 16/32/64GB depending on model. You're still going to run out, but it's going to take longer.

garp
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Feb 24th, 2012 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“Uh, you don't store projects in RAM”

Apologies for the confusion. As you can probably tell, I don’t own an iPad.

hoosier

USA

Mar 19th, 2012 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Came across this..

Looks like a really neat set-up for the iPad. Wish they had something like this for android tablets.

Link

greg1948
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Mar 20th, 2012 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wound up getting a MacBook Pro. Have tried G-band on that and I think it has a lot of potential. Also considering Pro-tools MP 9 for $99 as an option.

hoosier

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Mar 20th, 2012 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats greg, that should do "simple" real easy.

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Good move...you won't regret it. I have only used GB on my Mac and have no experience with Pro Tools, but GB suits my meager needs just fine. I've actually produced a few good recordings from it.

I also have GB on my iPad, and it's a pretty cool app, especially for the price. I've only played around it a little, and it certainly doesn't have all of the bells & whistles of the full-blown Mac version, but it's a great portable solution for sketching ideas or capturing a rehearsal. And I have to admit, the virtual instruments are fun to play with. Supposedly you can move your GB projects from the iPad to the Mac and expand on them from there, but I've not tried that yet.

(This message was last edited by Paul L at 02:16 PM, May 5th, 2012)

fendrguitplayr
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May 14th, 2012 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recorded this on my used iPad and then tweaked it a bit on computer. You can do some nice things with GB on the iPad.

Moon Over the Mountain

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