Since its introduction into the classroom, we’ve seen iPad becoming a major fixture of subjects across the curriculum, and this is particularly evident in music. So without further ado, here are the top hardware picks that we recommend to partner up with your classroom iPad for audio recording and production.
Now, of course iPad can’t actually be used to teach the full music curriculum in all its glory (we’re still yet to find that killer glockenspiel app…), and students are never going to get the full experience and skills of working with keyboards and mixers on a touchscreen. However, if you have iPad in your school and you’re looking for some new kit for your classroom, it makes sense to strongly consider devices which can be used on both iPad and your classroom computers, so you can get as much out of your technology as you can.
iPad has its own built-in mic, but for actual audio recording, we’d advise adding an external microphone. Tascam’s iM2 stereo mic plugs into the dock of you iPad, iPod touch or iPhone to turn it into a professional quality location recorder. With two 180-degree-adjustable mics, and uni-directional elements, you get great quality sound placement, for a low price of £57.50 ex VAT. It’s important to note though, that it uses the 30-pin dock connector, so you’ll need an adaptor to connect it if you’re on the latest iOS devices.
If you’re using iPad in the classroom to make videos, RODE’s SmartLav is a great option. This tiny lavalier mic plugs straight into your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone’s headphone socket and can be clipped to your clothing discreetly. This makes it great for recording interviews and the like.
Keyboards and MIDI controllers
We’ve already run down a list of our top 3 keyboards and MIDI controllers for the classroom, but there are a couple which are ideally suited to working with iPad. That means you still get the feedback from using actual keys, but with the benefit of working in iPad apps.