Over the past few weeks I’ve been bringing in a lot of sounds into my productions from my iPhone. In fact, I can say it’s now part of my daily music making routine to have the audio out on the phone plugged into Ableton Live. As I type this, I realize it’s time to name a Live channel “iPhone” and save it into my start-up template. Most of us work completely “in the box” these days and bringing in samples and instruments from external devices is the best way to get an original sound.
Here’s a few ways I’ve incorporated the iPhone into my set-up: I used pieces of voicemail messages friends have left me. I synced the tempo in synthPond to Ableton and recorded loops from it into my arrangements. I have a channel loaded with effects and PocketGuitar going into it; at select places in my arrangement I strummed and recorded in a few bars. I used sounds from trains and restaurants I recorded using Griffin iTalk. I sampled pieces of my composition from my Macbook Pro’s internal speaker using Tapestri and then played/recorded the sample back in a stuttered (SK-1) fashion. I played and recorded sounds from Noise.io, iStylophone, Ocarina and Bloom. I created full sequenced loops and pulled them into Ableton from IR-909, BtBx, iDrum and Beatmaker.
It’s true that I could end up with similar results solely using software on my Mac but the iPhone is a hand held inspiration machine. It’s with me everywhere I go and the touch screen is a joy to use.
Having you added iPhone audio to any of your songs yet?
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