(THE SHOW IS THE RAINBOW!!!!)
In other words, a synthesizer and an iPad in a bedroom.
The signal path is: Korg MS-20 mini main out > various pedals > MS-20 External Signal Processor > iPad headphone jack breakout box I built > HarmonicDog MultiTrack DAW running on an iPad mini.
I’m going to make at least a couple Night Mode albums with this rig, and recorded a track for one earlier this afternoon.
GarageBand highpasses and compresses any signal coming in through the headphone jack, even on its “Clean” setting, so it wasn’t suitable for me for serious recording. The HarmonicDog app does nicely, once “Measurement Mode” is turned off in the iPad Settings app.
The breakout box + iPad make a decent field/remote recording rig as well, because the box can accept 1/4″ mono, mic, 1/8″ stereo, and 1/8″ mono cables. I could take a guitar, a decent dynamic mic (like my EV RE320), and the iPad to a cabin in the woods and make my “Nebraska,” no problem. Even a basic full band record, with some combination of minimalist mic techniques and/or pre-mixing before the breakout box, would be possible.
It will be a lot of fun to be able to pause whatever massive recording or soldering project I have going and make a synth song on a whim.