If you are working with audio files, you are going to need a few tools to move those files around and also share ’em. Today I am going to go apeshit on File Transfer.
I pretty much don’t ever use a “normal” computer anymore. I do everything with my iPad, my iPod Touch, and my junky Android phone. Android is totally lame in terms of Music and Audio Apps, the OS is just not equipped to do that sort of thing. But even with it’s cracked screen, I can use my Android phone to take stunning 8mb pictures, and also upload them to Picasa and Facebook. I can download illegal mp3’s pretty quickly, and I can also use it as a rudimentary web server. I also sometimes make calls with it.
Loads of audio Apps allow you to transfer files over wifi, and I only recently realized that you can do this with two ios devices, without a computer getting in the way. This means that you can FTP an audio file directly from Moog Filtatron on your iPhone to your iPad to play around with the sample.
If you are in that happy place with two ios devices, you can do some pretty slick shit. For instance, you could sample some background noise in Filtatron on your iPod Touch, slow it down, reverse it, and transfer the file to Thumbjam on your iPad, mess around with it, ACP it into Multitrack DAW, ACP it into Audioview, convert it to any version of ACP necessary, and use the sample in any App supporting any version of ACP. Loads of Audio Apps have some form of wifi transfer….you do not need a computer intermediary, as long as there is wifi wherever you are working(playing).
A few must-have Apps for this sort of stuff:
Audioview, for acting as an FTP server and as an ACP bridge service, super handy for converting audio files and navigating the various implementations of ACP. Audioview can read and convert all of the ACP standards, so it can open an Intua file and copy it to a Sonoma file, or vice versa. Still not perfect, and occasionally crashes, but still a strong multipurpose tool to have around.
Goodreader – or similar FTP/Browser/File Manager….works about 80% of the time for me. Useful for moving various kinds of files around. If you have access to wifi, you can easily move files back and forth between an iPhone and iPad with this.
Moog Filtatron: $5 for a Moog Sampler/Filter/Delay unit, with ACP and FTP, AND it isn’t a huge hunk of hardware you have to hide from your spouse. Absolute no-brainer, and pure fun to use.
Multitrack DAW: great editor and multitrack functionality, plus a ton of ways to get audio into and out of this app.
One of the main benefits of having two ios devices…is when you have an App that does not support ACP. My workaround is simple: Run a line out from your iPad to your iPhone (or whatever two devices you have) and record straight to Multitrack DAW, or similar recording app. Twisted Wave Editor is also great for this. Simple as that. Not perfect…but a decent enough work around. Also nifty trick for sampling bits of audio from games, Youtube videos, or other Apps.
I feel like I am forgetting something in this installment, if I think of anything else I will come back and update.
*You will need a cable with the three black contact strips on at least one side. Belkin makes a cable perfect for this, I think they are on sale at Target for $20 or so…bit pricey, but allows for recording device to device.