Auria Turns iPad Into 48-Track Recording Studio

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My experience of recording music is limited to bouncing down bedroom guitar recordings to free up tracks on a cassette-based Tascam Portastudio, way back in the 1980s. So anything that records 24 tracks simultaneously onto a tiny iPad seems astounding to me. That is costs just $40 makes it even crazier. We’re talking about the new musicians’ iFriend, Auria.

Auria is a whole recording studio in one app, and is styled to make anyone used to the knobs and dials of yesteryear feels right at home – an approach that will likely alienate new users.

Using the camera connection kit, you can pipe in up to 24 tracks for simultaneous recording, and play back up to 48 (24 on the iPad 1). You can also edit in-app, and add effects as you go. I have no idea why anyone would need 48 seperate tracks, but then I'm no musician. Then again, I have no idea why somebody would need 27 gears on a single bike, and I *am* a cyclist, so its probably best not to trust me on this one.

You’re not limited to your own recordings, either. You can import tracks from iTunes, and “sessions from Pro Tools, Nuendo, Logic, Digital Performer or other DAWs.” You can also export back to the same places, or output an MP3.

It looks amazing, and it looks like the iPad is set to take the Atari ST’s crown as the musician’s computer of choice [What the hell are you talking about, Sorrel? – Ed.]. If you’re a musician and have an iPad, I guess you might want to check it out.

  • quedayone

    Extra points for the Atari ST’s mention! This could be as cool as Trax! running on my Mac Classic.

  • rollinia

    I love the Atari ST reference. We used those in music school 12 years ago because they were so insanely reliable. They were outdated even then but I really miss being able to work without crashes or data loss. I wonder if anyone still uses them?

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