Tech To Turn Your Home Office Into a Recording Studio

Tech To Turn Your Home Office Into a Recording Studio

Joelle Alcaidinho
Jan 28, 2011

Our first day at MacWorld 2011 we could not help but notice the amazing array of music making technology. Whether for the Mac or iOS, devices and apps for musicians were everywhere and all were geared towards the consumer. These apps and devices all seemingly had one mission in mind, to turn your home office, living room or bedroom into a recording studio for a small amount of cash.

  • DJ Turntables & Apps: One of the first things we noticed on the show floor was the large crowd surrounding the Algoriddim Djay iPad station. iPads were running their DJ software and the crowd was positively entranced. On the other side of the booth the Spin table was demonstrated using the Djay software for the Mac.
  • VRM Box: The VRM Box by Focusrite is a headphone monitoring system with VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) technology. VRM lets you audition your mix in different environments, through different speakers, just using headphones. It gets all the power it needs from your computerʼs USB port.
  • iConnectMIDI: This device is a robust MIDI interface that can be used to connect MIDI devices to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
  • Jammit: Jammit allows musicians to isolate a selected instrument or vocal from the original recorded master so they can focus on learning the part of their specific instrument (think sort of real life Rock Band). Since learning is the primary focus this iOS and Mac app is also great for education.
  • GuitarJack Model 2: The tiny GuitarJack from Sonoma Wireworks connects instruments and microphones into compatible iOS devices via 1/4-inch instrument and 1/8-inch stereo mic/line inputs. When used with StudioTrack or FourTrack iOS apps, it offers stereo recording and simultaneous instrument and voice recording.
  • iRig Mic: This handheld condenser mic from IK Multimedia for the iPhone (and other iOS devices) comes bundled with the VocaLive and AmpliTube app and was created for the "vocalist and songwriter on the move." We think this device would be great for those who are fans of karaoke, but don't want a box hogging space in their apartment.
  • Castiv Stands: The Tab Station is a stand designed for the iPad for musicians and the Guitar Sidekick is a neck mounted clamp system for the iPhone.
  • iRecord: From Streamingnetworks the iRecord Pro allows you to plug and play record music and videos directly to your iOS devices (and compatible USB devices) without the aid of a computer. The iRecord Music directly records from any audio source to your iOS or compatible USB device.
  • Audioengine: We are big fans of the A2 from Audioengine and it was nice to see their line of speakers which make fantastic monitors and wireless adapters at MacWorld.
  • Blue Mics: The Blue booth sported an interesting arrays of great looking microphones great for the podcaster on the go or at home. They also had the Mikey for iPod and Flip on display which helps you to get better audio recording from your iPod and Flip respectively.

(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)

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