iZotope is readying a brand new gadget for iOS music makers. The new Spire Studio is looking to take on major players in the mobile interface space including IK Multimedia, who has been cranking out new gear all year long, and more. The folks over at iZoptope are banking on a fully wireless setup that looks to accomodate beginner and professional producers alike with the new all-on-one audio recording interface for iPhone and iPad…
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iZotope has been in the game for nearly 2 decades having cranked out an extensive library of professional-quality software products from its Massachusetts-based headquarters. But now the company is looking to move into the mobile space with the new portable and fully wireless Spire Studio.
The tiny box comes with its own Wi-Fi network (2.4GHz 802.11n) which is what allows it to interface with the Spire recording app on your iOS device. From there, iZotope has taken an extremely stripped-down and simplified approach that will make life much easier for beginners.
It has a built-in front facing mic along with a pair of additional combo-jack inputs for higher quality microphones (phantom power included), guitars, synthesizers and more. All recording is done at 24-bit/48 kHz. There is an on-board headphone out and an integrated Sound Check feature which allows users to adjust the levels of what is being recorded in what sounds like a fully automated process.
As we mentioned above, everything is recorded into the Spire app on your iOS device. While it appears iZotope has taken quite a basic approach to the app as well, there is multi-track recording as well as effects and a mixer. You’ll also be able to bounce out your tracks to MP3 or share the full multi-track Spire app session with collaborators.
It is certainly not going to give you the level of control Apple’s GarageBand and an IK Multimedia interface will offer, but the integration with the hardware and its one-button, completely wireless recording is certainly tantalizing. The idea of being able to record just like that, no wires attached, is pretty amazing, even for serious professionals just looking to sketch out some ideas.
While there doesn’t appear to be a date set for Spire Studio, reports suggest it will come in at around $350 when it finally does hit store shelves in the fall. That may seem like a steep price considering there are iPhone interfaces on the market with just as many inputs (or more) like the iRig Pro I/O we recently reviewed for less than half the price. But you’ll definitely have a hard time finding a single interface that will offer up 2 inputs, a headphone amp, multi-track recording app, a built-in microphone and do it all wirelessly at this price.
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