Focusrite Releases Tape For iPad App

Focusrite Tape is an iPad recording solution with 2-track recording, instant mastering, customizable tape artwork and social media connectivity. Synthtopia talked about this iOS app earlier this summer as a tool to use with Focusrite’s iTrack Studio; the Tape for iPad app has now been released and is available for free in the App Store.

Users are able to record from the built-in iPad microphone, iTrack Solo, or even any Core Audio-compliant audio interface (including interfaces from the Focusrite Scarlett product series) and add “polish” with one button compression. Users can add titles and album artwork and share online via SoundCloud.

Focusrite Tape for iPad Key Features:

  • Record two separate inputs, or link them as a stereo pair.
  • Use a portable audio interface (like the iPad powered iTrack Solo or a professional rack interface like the Scarlett 18i20) to record two sources.
  • Ensure input levels are just right, using Tape’s visual level indicator meters.
  • Plug-and-play support for the iTrack Solo and Scarlett range, plus Core Audio Compliant audio interfaces.
  • Low-latency monitoring, so you can listen to your performance while recording.
  • Keep time with a speed-adjustable metronome (or use the click track).
  • Apply mastering effects to instantly improve your recording – including multi-band compression.
  • Apply a custom title and image to your music and share via Soundcloud.

Focusrite Tape for the iPad is available, free of charge, via the App Store.

15 thoughts on “Focusrite Releases Tape For iPad App

  1. You could re-christian this website “iSynthopia”. Too much i-news about i-toys of no real use. I use synths and consoles, not toys.

    1. i don’t get it either. if you’re a musician, you most likely have proper recording tools. why messing around with this prolly lo-performance iCrap? also, as far as I get it it, this ‘tape’ is nothing more than a regular digital recording function.

      1. “probably” low performance? so you’ve never tried this
        “iCrap” before disparaging it? hmmm… you’re right about musicians
        having proper gear, but the iPad makes an excellent addition to any
        “proper” studio. it’s computer software, after all, so what’s “low
        performance” about that? many use stuff like the Arturia Minimoog
        synth plug-in with their proper computer DAW, but I can tell you
        that the iPad version of that software sounds identical to the much
        more expensive VST, and it’s a heckuva lot more fun to program with
        the multi-touch interface. just try it out before you dismiss it
        out of hand!

    2. “…Of no real use”

      Theory study, song-sketching, loop-creation, sampling, editing, sharing, metronomes, tuning apps, SPL metering, spectrum analyses, beat-making, custom midi controls, modular patch creation, song books, chord charts, ear training, audio calculators, gesture/motion based controls, chord sequencers, Multi-track arrangers, virtual synths, generative music apps, and the fastest-expanding platform for new, unique, and novel concepts for all of these little tasks.

      Sounds more like you’ve “not really used” this platform which has so many very real uses.

    3. can you let us know what studio you’re working at, so i can make sure myself and my peers never do business with you? the attitude is obvious even over the internet. the rest of us are putting whatever tools we have available to us to create music. in fact, i can’t really think of a single musician out there who would say having a huge console and racks of gear “made” the song for them. get real….

  2. Boys, if you want to be taken seriously, you’ll want to make the effort to at least sound informed.

    At this point, dismissing applications made by the likes of Focusrite, Moog, Wolfgang Palm, Propellerhead and others, based solely on the platform, screams of ignorance.

    Leave the talk of I-toys and I-news to the i-diots, or come back when you’re better informed!

    1. Try appearing in front of a client with an iPad to master his songs, and you will see how he will react. All this “I” stuff is just gadgetry, toys, helpful in some ways, but not really as usable as many people think. I find multi-touch controls less responsive than a simple 200$ MIDI controller, for instance, not to mention how the real controls of real hardware feels and reacts. “I” stuff is just for people who like to look fashionable and that’s pretty much 90% of them. So all of you “I” fans can say whatever you want, but I know the truth. Big kids.

      1. What counts more, the results or the method? I’d never use an iPad as my main recording rig, but it could be done. Hell, it’s probably better than some of the HDD recorders out there – at least there’s the potential for expansion with the iPad.

        It’s nothing to do with fashion, it’s the future of our industry, just like computers were at one time – and just like you’re doing now people were dismissing computer-based recording as a gimmick.

  3. ….also, the first page here at Syntopia, as I type this, has exactly ONE article about an iPad app, and 5 articles that have nothing to do with iPads.

    So maybe you should have held on to your rant for a better occasion to bust it out…

  4. This is something I’ve really been wanting: a simple recorder with SoundCloud support. Except, I need it to have AudioBus support. This is so close to being perfect.

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