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Assessment: iZotope Spire Studio Allows Pro-Quality Audio Recording on the Fly

From the January/February 2022 problem of Acoustic Guitar | By James Volpe Rotondi 

Discuss to singer-songwriters at any degree and the majority of them will let you know that they seize their music concepts on their smartphones, utilizing voice memo, video, or different nonmusical apps, which don’t enable them to do something with the tracks they’ve captured. Others will let you know they use devoted recording software program, although they could complain that the setup prices and the required technical mindset, which drains useful emotional and artistic power that could possibly be used for, effectively, writing songs, are too restrictive.

That is the place iZotope Spire Studio ($299 road) is available in. It’s an expert songwriting gadget on a really human scale. Spire makes use of the energy and cupboard space of that telephone or pill you already spend an excessive amount of time on, by way of the free, refined Spire: Music Recorder & Studio recording/processing app. And Spire Studio makes use of its personal Wi-Fi community to outsource the monitoring tools to a small, cylindrical gadget that’s about the dimension of a peanut butter jar and weighs in round 1.5 lbs. It’s a whip-smart compact sketch pad that, particularly in its new second-generation type, is filled with skilled options that make it double as a correct monitoring gadget.

product shot of iZotope Spire Studio unit and smartphone app

The very sturdy but mild and compact Spire Studio unit incorporates a built-in omnidirectional condenser microphone, two preamps (upgraded in the second technology), and a pair of headphone outputs, plus transport controls, meters, two XLR/TS mic/line inputs with phantom energy, and extra—all wonderful. Spire Studio runs by way of an AC energy adapter or rechargeable batteries. It’s even cute, kinda like Darth Vader’s tiny child brother. (I do want it got here with a protecting journey bag, although.) 

Working with the Spire Music Maker/Spire Studio partnership is absolutely liberating, and that is additionally the place the second-generation options actually shine. Put your headphones on, plug them into Spire Studio, join by way of the Spire Studio Wi-Fi community, and launch the app. Press the Soundcheck button on Spire Studio as you strum your guitar, sing, or each: Spire Studio will converse to the app, establish the instrument you’re utilizing, and set your very best enter ranges and EQ settings for you. 

That’s big proper there. In the event you like, discover a vocal, guitar, or grasp impact that evokes you—every thing from vocal tuning to modulation to compression and past—or wait till afterwards, when you possibly can select from that very same high-quality array of results drawn from iZotope’s well-regarded Ozone, Nectar, and different professional signal-processing plugins. Spire Studio will routinely add compression, EQ, and saturation to vocals for a refined sound that may take the uninitiated hours to dial in.

Discover your tempo by tapping it in, or just setting it, and begin recording. (You may also file with out a click on, naturally. And you’ll import beats, and monitor to them, too.) If you’ve completed, the newest Spire Studio will even clear up your audio for you, eradicating undesirable air conditioner hum, plosives, road noise, and many others., utilizing instruments culled from iZotope’s RX line, like Noise Elimination and Pop Filter. Once more, that’s an enormous quantity of labor you received’t have to consider. (Some options would require the Spire Professional subscription, which is freed from cost.)

Do one other take, add an overdub, a concord, as much as eight tracks in all. To combine, go to the combine web page on the Spire Music Maker app: Use the little grid show to touch-move devices round the stereo area or add results—from beautiful reverbs and delays to raunchy distortions and compression—and even widen or slender the stereo area with ease. 

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Instantly add your piece inside the Music Maker app to Soundcloud or social media; export your full masterpiece as a WAV or M4A file, or export the particular person tracks/stems to ship to your collaborators, producer, or band members to be used and additional processing on your album. Sure, the tracks sound that good. 

The second-generation Spire Studio is precisely the sort of gadget that acoustic gamers and songwriters specifically will completely thrive on creatively. You may say it’s made for our tribe.


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