Can you tell the difference between a real drummer and a machine? Forty five percent of audiophiles can’t!
Many people are of the opinion that rock ‘n’ roll isn’t really rock ‘n’ roll unless you have a 12 piece drum kit, 14 rows of Marshall stacks, and at least 4 bottles of bourbon. Digital??? Pfffft, that’s for nerds!
Here is the latest video from Ka$h Nexu$, recorded, mixed, mastered and edited here at Headlong Studio, also featuring the valuable camera work of Deb Pollock.
Their new product, iZotope Spire Studio, is an all-in-one battery-powered, wireless device that allows you to record without having to carry around a bunch of stuff. It has a built-in mic, 2 XLR/jack combo inputs, and 2 mini jack headphone outputs. You can record to the devices internal memory, or use their Spire iOS app (that connects wirelessly over high speed WiFi) to do more sophisticated processing.
So basically, without the iOS connection, it provides similar functionality to something like a Zoom H4N. But the Spire app adds something that’s new – a way to record & mix music on the run without having to carry around a truck load of hardware & cables.
A price of US$ 349 has been announced which, although not a “beginner” price, is not too bad, given the built-in WiFi capability. Initially it will only be available in the US though, and there have been no announcements about apps for other platforms (the iOS app has been available for a couple of years, so I’m not holding my breath).
I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on it, anyway.