updated 10:55 pm EDT, Fri April 29, 2011
Companion to iRig Mic offers CD-quality recordings
IK Multimedi/ have posted their iRig Recorder app ($5) for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store, bringing quality recordings up to 16-bit 44.1kHz, allowing field recorders, podcasters and other audio professionals to create pro-quality vocal recordings that can then be transferred to computers for further work via e-mail, Wi-Fi, FTP or iTunes File Sharing. The app itself features a set of basic editing tools and effects to enhance the recordings, and organizes them by date or geographic location.
The app is pitched as the perfect companion to the iRig Mic ($60), which features a connector that uses an earphone pass-through for no-latency monitoring -- though the software will also work with other iPhone-compatible microphones, including the built-in one.
The program works like most other recording apps on the iPhone or iPad, with one-touch recording and non-destructive editing tools that allow users to cut, crop and loop recordings. The app also features pitch- and time-based effects and can export the resulting files as compressed M4A or uncompressed WAV files. Recording time is only limited by the storage space available on the iOS device.
The iRig Recorder also features eight "intelligent" effect processors that can be used to automatically optimize recordings -- adjusting volume, equalization, increasing clarity and brightness of voice, cleaning up background noises and the aforementioned pitch-changing capabilities. Files are organized by date and time but can also be given titles, and are tagged with geographic information. The files can be exported to Soundcloud directly as well as transferred wirelessly or through the usual file-transfer protocols.
The full version of the app is $5, but users can opt to download a free version and then buy editing tools or effects "a la carte."