Recording on Android devices

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Recording on Android devices

Post by humblebee » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:06 pm

Am I the first Anorak to try and do this? I hope not and I'm looking at you, Vom Vorton.

My laptop is wheezing its way into senility and using Tracktion or something will probably only hasten its demise. So I thought I'd see about using me new tablet instead.

There's no shortage of multi-track recording apps for Android and Audio Evolution Mobile seems quite nifty.

But my pre-amp recordy box thing (Lexicon Lambda) takes phantom power from the device it's connected to by USB and my tablet is like "neh, that's too much power, I can't be doing with that".

Wondering about powering the Lambda from another USB source (stereo? phone charger?) but then how do I get the bleedin' audio into the tablet if the USB is taken? The Lambda has analogue outputs but the tablet only has one 3.5mm jack socket and it's probably just for earphone output rather than input.

I might just fuck it all off and buy a 4-track tape machine.

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Re: Recording on Android devices

Post by tonieee » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:15 pm

What about a powered USB hub? Not sure if a tablet will drive one but it sounds like what you need.

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Re: Recording on Android devices

Post by humblebee » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:21 pm

tonieee wrote:What about a powered USB hub? Not sure if a tablet will drive one but it sounds like what you need.
Would the tablet be able to find the audio coming in from the box thing then though?

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Re: Recording on Android devices

Post by tonieee » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:37 pm

humblebee wrote:
tonieee wrote:What about a powered USB hub? Not sure if a tablet will drive one but it sounds like what you need.
Would the tablet be able to find the audio coming in from the box thing then though?
It should be the same as if it was plugged directly into the tablet but will provide power to it. I don't know if hubs need their own driver and if they do whether an Android tablet would include them.

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Re: Recording on Android devices

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:39 pm

I wonder if something like this might work. You could try plugging the "extra power" USB cable into a USB hub or a phone charger or something...

http://www.lindy.co.uk/0-5m-usb-3-dual- ... 31112.html

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Post by tompony » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:31 pm

I don't think Android is quite there yet for recording, certainly not multi-track recording. They haven't properly worked out how to do low-latency audio yet so it will always struggle to line up tracks without inserting weird delays all over the place. I could get a really good single-track recording out of my phone but it was absolutely useless for anything more than that - it was a pretty early model though, so things have probably improved since.

It was a pretty hefty factor in my decision to get an iPhone instead, though. I could happily do a full album on one.

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Re: Recording on Android devices

Post by humblebee » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:09 pm

Thanks all. Hmmmm.

Hmmmmm.

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