help: buying a multitrack recording app

iOS & iPadOS

So, I'm planing to start making some recordings and possibly broadcasting them to a podcast. They will be mostly musical covers, versions and maybe compositions if I can get the hang of it. As such, I'll need something which can mix up stuff, add effects, change panning, etc.
Hokusai seems pretty straightforward and it's premium package, which would include these features I need, isn't that expensive. I have some questions though:
1. Is it only suitable for musical stuff or I can mix lectures and other recordings to sound better? I'd like to hear your experiences on this subject.
2. What is the difference between hokusai and ferrite? I tried to use ferrite once and I found it too confusing to use properly.



Submitted by tyler chambliss on Saturday, May 2, 2020

Club AppleVis Member

I've been wondering About this as well. I also want the App to be able to export the individual files of the project so i can edit them on my mac in logic. I know, just use garage band because you can open those projects in logic or Mac garage band but I hate the way it works on iOs,.

Garage band is quite tricky to use. I guess it's better with a Bluetooth keyboard. Hokusai has keyboard shortcuts also.

Submitted by tyler chambliss on Saturday, May 2, 2020

Club AppleVis Member

I just gon don't like how GarageBand for iOS works. For one, I can't stand how it forces you to set an exact length for your tracks, audio or otherwise, and then it just stops and starts recording over it again. I don't know exactly how long my recording is going to be, and neither do I care when I'm trying to record. I get it, it's primarily made for beat makers and electronic music producer's, but I swear, if apple does what has been roomered in logic with the next update and makes it behave like iOS garage band, I'm screwed, because I depend on logic, and if it ends up like that I won't be able to do my job.

Submitted by Daniel Angus MacDonald on Saturday, May 2, 2020

just get gerageband on iOS. it's free and supported by apple if you jneed to call them. Logic is awesome if you can afford it.

It is pretty hard to record a full song in GB by recording, because who know how many bars are there in each part? That's not how my mind works. I love the sequencing part though, I might use it for creating beats, then exporting them to Hokusai to use them more freely. I'd record melodic stuff also, but the old SE screen is too small for it to be practical to make even the simplest stuff.

Submitted by Daniel Angus MacDonald on Sunday, May 3, 2020

If I were you, i'd get framiler with gerageband. that's just me though, taking advantage of apple tech support if I need it. what about just press record? It's fully accessible and not to much.

Submitted by Matthew on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Give Garageband a good look. Click the plus sign in the top right, tap on ‘Section A 8 bars’, then swipe up on the number next to ‘Manual’ until it gets to 640. Then you won’t have to think about how many bars you’ll use. There are other Digital Audio Workstations like Cubasis 3 or Auria Pro, but I’m not all that satisfied with them and they are fairly pricey. I’d recommend sticking with Garageband for now, it’s pretty capable, and hope Logic is on the horizon for iOS soon.

Submitted by Carlos Taylor on Monday, May 4, 2020

Any multi track recording software is going to have some kind of learning curve. You might check into Reaper or Amadeus Pro to see if those will meet your needs. I haven't played with Garage Band in quite some time as I have Logic Pro and don't feel the need to have both on my Mac. Many multi track editors offer several features to appeal to the widest audience possible. I personally think Logic is cool because it comes with tuns of loops, software instruments and effects to play with. I also use software instruments from Komplete Kontrol but that's going off into yet another topic.

Submitted by WellF on Monday, May 4, 2020

In reply to by Carlos Taylor

It is pretty straightforward. Open, create a project, Record the tracks, add effects, export. That's what I need to do.
As I said before, Garage Band is really good, but it's focus is more on sequencing than recording audio. It is also kinda slow on my 2016 SE. I'd use reaper on my desktop, but it has some serious latency issues that makes multi track recording more difficult than it should be. Also, Hokusai is way cheaper than even the most basic USB audio interface.