Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Use external audio input hardware, part of Learning Auria Pro.
- Let's talk about how to get sounds into Auria Pro. Although Auria is capable of recording through the iPad's built in microphone, chances are that you'll rarely, if ever, use it. The built-in mic just isn't going to give you the quality you're most likely looking for out of a professional app like Auria. Instead, you'll have to turn to one or more of the dozens of audio input devices that are available for the iPad. Now, in our library we have an entire course called iPad Music Production: Inputs, Mics, and MIDI, and that's dedicated to covering ways of getting audio into your iPad, so be sure to check out that course for more detailed information, but in this movie I want to go over the essentials.
So, in addition to the built-in microphone, Auria can accept input devices connected to the iPad's Lightning connector. These could be devices that plug directly into the Lightning connector, or, if you have an older iPad, the 30-pin dock connector. For example, this is the Apogee JAM. It plugs directly into the iPad and lets you connect your guitar or other instrument that uses standard 1/4 inch cables. You can get it with either a Lightning connector or the 30-pin dock connector, and it also comes with a USB cable for using it with your Mac or PC. Speaking of USB, you can also use any number of USB audio devices, as long as you have the Apple Lightning to USB camera adapter.
For older iPads, you can purchase the Apple Camera Connection Kit, which comes with a USB to dock connector. But these simple adapters open up an entire world of possibilities, since they allow you to use devices that might have been intended to be used with desktop or laptop computers. Also, a USB adapter is pretty much a requirement if you're interested in recording multiple tracks simultaneously. There are some multi track audio interfaces available that plug directly into the iPad, but there are a lot more USB audio interfaces out there. For example, this is the AudioBox 1818VSL from PreSonus.
It's one of the devices I'll be using in this course. It allows for 18 inputs, and you can also record all 18 inputs simultaneously in Auria Pro, but it's a USB device, so it requires a USB adapter. Now, also you'll find that for certain devices, especially those that may require more power than the iPad can provide itself, you'll also need a powered USB hub, like this one. So, if you connect your audio device directly to your iPad but it doesn't show up, you'll need to have it plugged into a wall outlet, and then run a USB cable from it to the powered USB hub, and then run another USB cable from the hub to the Lightning adapter, which you then plug into your iPad.
You can find an extensive list of supported audio interfaces by going to auriaapp.com/support/auria-audio-interfaces. The list also includes information on whether the devices require powered USB hubs or not. But once you have your device plugged in, you'll see the input indicator in Auria changed from INT, meaning internal microphone, to USB, letting you know that Auria has detected your device. So, I've now just plugged in my USB device, so you can see I now have the USB indicator next to my project title.
All right, so that's what you need to know about connecting USB audio interfaces to your iPad. Again, be sure to check out the Inputs, Mics, and MIDI course in the iPad Music Production series for more detailed information on how to connect a wide range of device to your iPad.
In this course, author Garrick Chow demonstrates the essential features of Auria Pro for the iPad. He starts by exploring the interface, including the Mix and Edit windows, and the hardware you'll need to get audio into Auria Pro. He then demonstrates how to record into Auria Pro—using musicians in a real recording session. He records a single track (acoustic guitar) and demos simultaneous multitrack recording. Then he shows how to edit the performances, and mix down and master the recording. Garrick closes with an explanation of how to create snapshots of your work, and back up and share music with Auria's extensive export options.
- Creating a new project
- Importing audio
- Recording a track
- Recording multiple tracks simultaneously
- Recording MIDI
- Selecting and trimming regions
- Editing MIDI
- Warping audio and stretching time
- Fading in and out
- Mixing tracks
- Saving and exporting tracks