IK Multimedia wants to bring music creation into the mobile world, and its suite of apps and gear is a fine step in the right direction. I say step, it’s worth noting, because neither the apps nor the hardware I’ve been testing over the past few weeks manage to produce the full package.
But it’s a great start, and much of what we’re about to discuss would suit both professional musicians, journalists, podcasters, and DJs doing some light work on the road and hobbyists or amateurs on a budget or just dabbling in audio production.
I’ll be running through most of the IK Multimedia apps for Android and iPad, while touching on a few worthy competitors and alternatives, and weighing in on the hardware I was sent for review — the iRig Mic Cast, iRig Mix, iRig Pre, and iRig Mic. First, let’s look at the gear.
Having long been a Microsoft-only stalwart, and a compelling reason for Mac users to keep a Windows computer lying around, Fruity Loops Studio has unexpectedly made the jump to iOS.
iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch versions of FL Studio Mobile are now available, perhaps signalling an increased possibility of a future Mac version too. Let’s take a look at how well this much loved software translates onto the iPad…