For years, recording artists and musicians have integrated computers into their home recording studios, so it only makes sense that eventually the same music technology would b adapted to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod as well. From the very basic, to the loaded and top of the line interface devices, anyone can hold a professional recording studio in the palm of their hand.
Basic Recording Interface Devices
The most basic devices in interface recording technology for your iPhone will have a microphone input, a guitar input, an XLR input, and a headphone jack, and many models are small enough to fit in your pocket. The device pretty much acts as an adapter that allows you to connect your microphone, guitar, or other instrument into your iPhone so that the sound can be captured an recorded. Some examples of very basic interface music recording devices include the Tascam iXC or the iRig Pro.
More Advanced Music Recording Interface Technology
Some of the newest and more advanced interface technology for iPhone goes beyond the simple, little black box, with sleek, modern design and plenty of extras. For instance, some models may include a full color touch screen, to display controls and sound levels. They may also be equipped with a number of high-quality microphone pre-amps, to enhance the sound even further. Other extras may include built in Guitar FX, phantom power, and a higher number of inputs and outputs. Some models will allow you to connect as many as four instruments of microphones at once, so you can really make some music. Models such as these can go for as much as $1500. Some examples of high-end recording interface devices for iPhone include the Apogee Quartet, and the Antelope Zen Studio.
Apps for iPhone Interface Recording
In addition to simply delivering crisp, clean sound to your iPhone, an interface device can work in conjunction with a number of down-loadable apps, such as multi-track recording programs, virtual guitar amplifiers or FX pedals, interactive guitar tuners, and much more, for a true studio music-making experience.