Recording on Android, especially music production related tasks, has never been quite as deep and supported as Apple’s mobile platform. However, there are a fair share of great Android audio interfaces out there along with a series of dedicated companion apps on the software side of things. Companies like IK Multimedia already have a slew of multi-platform solutions out there, but today we are turning towards the new Android Spire Studio system.
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Spire Studio comes by way of well-known music production company iZotope. The hardware/software combination system is looking to make recording on Android easier and more streamlined than ever before. It is described as a “one-touch, professional-quality, portable recording studio” with true zero-latency recording. Something iZotope says is a common frustration among musicians multitracking on mobile.
Spire Studio Hardware Specs
First, let’s take a look at the hardware. Spire Studio comes with a built-in “studio-quality” microphone as well as a pair of combo jacks for connecting a wealth of instruments. The internal omni directional condenser mic can certainly come in handy for quick sketches or round table podcast-style discussions. But iZotope has also included +48v phantom power so you can use better (more expensive) microphones as well, should the need arise. The system supports 48 kHz/24-bit recording resolutions and you’ll also find a pair of 1/8” headphone jacks.
When it comes to mobile recording, portability is usually a factor. While I tend to do most of my recordings at home, a solid mobile solution can be invaluable for capturing moment-to-moment ideas or jam session recordings and interviews. It features “Dynamic storage” which has enough room to carry up to 6 hours of your brilliant songs along with 4+ hours of wireless operation on a single charge.
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The Spire app provides users with an 8-track DAW (digital audio workstation) and a series of audio effects including reverbs, delays, amps and much more. It has also implemented something known as “Soundcheck”. It is essentially a one touch feature that will automatically set recording levels for instruments and microphones in order to avoid distortion and overdriven signals.
iZotope has been delivering fantastic professional mix/mastering/recording software for years on the Mac, so if anyone is going to nail the virtual recording engineer feature, it’s probably them.
Recording on Android can be a little trickier than iOS sometimes, but it looks like iZotope has done a decent job here with compatibility. You’ll need to be running Android 7 or 8 and one of the following devices for full support: Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.