Tascam’s Portastudio on iPad

Who ever was in the music industry in the eighties has bumped into Tascam’s Portastudio.

Tascam's Portastudio on iPad

Believe it or not, modern times see the introduction of Tascam’s Portastudio on iPad. Reproducing the look and feel of the Porta One cassette based multitrack recorder that revolutionized recording in 1984, the Portastudio app records up to four tracks.

The application allows to record one track at a time using the built-in mic or a headset microphone. A simulated cassette transport with position counter tracks your position while you mix with level, pan and EQ controls. When you’re ready to mix, the built-in mixdown function saves your song as a CD-quality WAV file. Your mix appears in iTunes when you’re finished, ready to share with friends and bandmates.

Idealistics will hope some hardware extension will soon allow for higher quality standard than the built-in microphone. Others will think this is a gadget lacking numerous features at times of powerful multitrack recording software…

When Open Source and Pro Audio meet

We had the Audacity project for a powerful audio recording and editing environment. We now have the ardour project for a true audio workstation that targets to compete the major options available.

According to the Ardour project web site: “Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. If you’ve been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix, or Sequoia, you might have found it.

Ardour currently runs on Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X.

More, SAE recently announced its support to this project.

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