Just Add Singers: iPad Recipes for Audio Recording
Date: December 6, 2013
So far in discussing iOS, we've talked about some of the microphone options, as well as some of the apps available. Many people using the iPad, though, get limited in the possibilities of iOS by working only within one app space. We talked about this a bit when we discussed apps in our last post, but the key to truly using the power of the iPad is assembling hardware and software into workflows which combine multiple apps. Some call this process "app smashing." Again, where we're used to working within one comprehensive application on Macs or PCs, iOS apps are designed to perform more limited tasks but make it easier to share data between apps. With that said, let's look at 5 processes to combine resources and power between different apps. The key to all of these processes is the share button, which looks like in iOS 6 and some older apps, and in iOS 7. This is the universal "get me somewhere else!" button in iOS, and is pretty common to most apps.
With all of these examples, please remember that these are only samples of possible workflows-- these apps are not "chosen to work together." Any of these apps and myriad more can be used to combine forces.
I want to... Share Audio with my Choir Today (Right now, no setup involved)
Let's use a basic but common sharing example: you record an example and want to share it with your ensemble. How would we approach this?
This works really well for short examples, but mail has a size limit, which will bite us if we want to send larger examples. Let's step up a level.
I want to... Record Larger Audio Examples and Share them with my Choir (A little more setup)
Larger audio examples require a storage solution. For more information on some of these options, see "Storage and Sharing" from earlier this year.
I want to... Record Audio and Clean it up for Conference or Festival Submission
This is a general guideline-- check with your specific submission criteria
Most submission committees want MP3's, which are pretty standard. They're lightweight and easy to upload, and nearly any device now is capable of playing them back.
I want to... Record a Music Video of My Group
You can import music from GarageBand into iMovie, so our process looks a lot like the last recipe, with only the last step changed.
I want to... Make all of this Faster!
Remember the multi-touch gestures which make navigating between multiple apps easier and faster: four fingers on the screen, then swiped up will expose icons for the most recently used apps. Four fingers swiped left or right navigates directly between the most recent apps, and saves a lot of time when bouncing between two apps in particular.
What About You?
This is just a sample of how to use apps in combination for basic audio tasks-- this doesn't begin to consider options like integrating Keynote or Prezi to create presentations for School Boards, Department Meetings or potential Donors/Sponsors, nor integrating straight into social media apps like Facebook or Twitter. What are your favorite combinations? How do you find yourself "app smashing" with different apps in your toolbox?