Introducing RØDE Rec 2.8 from RØDE Microphones on Vimeo.

I ordered an iPhone 5s. Since I have so many Apps installed on my 4s I decided that when the new phone arrives to start fresh and only install Apps I really use often. My go to recording App has always been FiRe by Audiofile Engineering. I was thinking that I never notice FiRe being updated so I decided to do a little research and I discovered that FiRe was in the hands of RØDE. The new App RØDE Rec adds a bunch of new features and a new iPad version. One of the best things about FiRe/RØDE Rec is the large real time audio waveforms. I have had a lot of trouble recording my live shows. Even with a Limiter and concert settings on using various portable mics I always get distortion. I’m going to try using RØDE Rec on my iPad next time because I will clearly be able to “see” if I’m distorting in advance. The iXY mic they sell looks good but I will wait until they have a version with a Lighting connector. RØDE Rec is $5.99

“RØDE Microphones is excited to announce the next iteration of its ?eld recording app for Apple’s iOS devices, RØDE Rec. This update, released to the app store today as a free upgrade, has a number of enhancements including a dedicated iPad interface, MP3 publishing and support for ten different languages. RØDE Rec has been incredibly well received since its launch in January of this year, where it was the only app on the market to allow for recording at 24-bit/96kHz (using RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone). This is the ?rst update since RØDE acquired the FiRe app from creator Audio?le Engineering, and signals RØDE’s intention to provide not only the best ?eld recording app for mobile devices, but a platform that rivals dedicated audio ?eld recorders.” – promusicapps.com

For more info: rodemic.com/software/roderec

SoundCloud iPhone Record

SoundCloud for iPhone from SoundCloud on Vimeo.

SoundCloud has updated it’s iPhone app to include one very important feature: recording. After you hit the new orange button your track is pushed to the SoundCloud site and you get options to share the track on Facebook and Twitter. Will this replace the very sleek FiRe app for you? If the Berliners are reading this I’m ready for an iPad SoundCloud app too please.

“Record: capture your sounds on-the-go and share them directly to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Browse and search user profiles. Share any public track to Facebook & Twitter Background playback (on iOS4)” – soundcloud.com

By the way, I have been featured on the SoundCloud sign up tour pages: click here

Car Wash and Van Houten Farms

I’m lucky to have my own driveway in NYC. I’m also lucky to have a beautiful apple tree that blooms to park underneath. The only problem is hundreds of birds love this tree too. Therefore going to the car wash has become a routine trip. I’m amazed that for $10 you can get a full car wash that includes a full cleaning of the interior too.

Car Wash by thingstocome

My mother is a avid gardener. There were four large planters outside my building that were just dirt and weeds to I asked her to help me choose some plants to fix the situation. You can see the full set of photos of my “garden”: click here

Van Houten Farms by thingstocome

You can hear more of my field recordings here: soundcloud.com/thingstocome/sets/field-recordings

6 Train Uptown New York City

6 Train - New York City

6 Train NYC by thingstocome

A recording I made on the 6 Train going uptown in New York City. As you can hear the train sits there more than a minute before it heads from 23rd Street onward. I used an iPhone 3G and the FiRe application which uploads directly to SoundCloud.

Check out my growing set of Field Recordings: click here

Audio samples from the Griffin iTalk for iPhone.

I’ve wanted to pick up one of those little flash audio recorders for a while. You know the ones such as the popular Zoom H2 and pretty looking Sony PCM-D50. I never got around to grabbing one and I’m really glad. It turns out my iPhone makes a pretty sweet recorder.

I downloaded the Griffin iTalk app from the iTunes store and recorded a few clips. iTalk records AIFF files using the iPhone’s built in mic. You hit a nice large red record button and it displays a green “recording” symbol and an input meter. If you pause and start recordings and they remain in the same file. You can name and add notes to your files on the phone. To transfer the recordings to your Mac you install a small program called iTalk Sync which once launched detects your iPhone. A few clicks and you can drag the files from the iTalk Sync window to your desktop. Everything works smooth and easy but how does it sound? I will let you be the judge:

My mother tells me about her day at work:

My step father Doug talks about the weather:

On the check out line at ShopRite (a supermarket):

Some vocals I recorded with Julie for a book reading. I added a gate, compressor and eq on this one:

You can download the 24bit wavs: click here

The main “wow” factor here for me is the fact that I have my phone with me everywhere I go so therefore I now have a neat recorder everywhere I go too!

So what do you think?