iPad Music Production: Inputs, Mics, and MIDI

with Garrick Chow
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iPad Music Production: Inputs, Mics, and MIDI
Video duration: 0s 1h 6m Beginner Updated Jul 26, 2013


This course shows off the latest techniques and devices for recording live music with the Apple iPad. Author and musician Garrick Chow explores real-world recording scenarios, including the iPad's built-in input options (and why to avoid them), and shares alternative methods of getting your audio in and out of the iPad. The course covers instrument input devices like the Apogee Jam and Alesis iO Dock, compares microphones, and shows how to connect and play MIDI devices through the iPad.

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Hi! I'm Garrick Chow and welcome to the first in our series on iPad music production. This course is called Inputs, Mics, and MIDI, and in it we will be exploring many different options and accessories that make it possible for you to record just about any type of sound or musical instrument into your iPad. (music playing) The iPad, accompanied with an explosion of apps and accessories and other equipment, has become a legitimate and powerful tool for recording audio just about anytime and anyplace. But before taking a look at specific apps, I thought it was really important start off in this course, to really focus on how to get audio into the iPad.

So throughout these movies, I'm going to be showing you a selection of accessories that I found to be sort of the coolest and most useful tools I've come across. And to help us out I have asked some of my musician friends to come by and play some music for us, so that I can show these accessories in a real-world scenario. We'll go looking at accessories for plugging guitars, basses, and others instruments into your iPad I'll be showing you multiple options for recording audio through all types of microphones. You'll see how to connect MIDI devices like keyboard controllers and drum pads to the iPad (music playing) We'll also look at how to import existing sounds into the iPad, as well as how to export your recordings to your computer for more work or to share with others.

And by the end of this course you should have a much better understanding of all the different ways you can get sounds and music into your iPad. So let's get started.

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Q: This course was updated on 7/26/2013. What changed?
A: We added three brand new movies to cover a few exciting new iPad accessories that have emerged on the market: the Griffin StudioConnect and Apogee Quartet input devices, and the MiC microphone from Apogee. We also updated the movies covering the Spark Digital microphone.
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