Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Tim Webb
Meteor Multitrack Recorder was updated with support for even more tracks, but unfortunately you will not be able to record into any of them simultaneously. Reader Kevin (DC) wrote to me earlier this week explaining that he was unable to actually use the multiple inputs on his Alesis iO4 in Meteor.
Initially I thought he must be doing something wrong, so I asked Alex from iDesignSound to test this out on his iO4. He had the same results. Kevin also thought he must be doing something wrong, so he emailed 4 Pockets for support. I will not publish the entirety of that exchange, but 4Pockets did confirm that Meteor Multitrack Recorder cannot record multiple tracks simultaneously. Furthermore, 4Pockets concludes the support email with:
"We have mainly focused on features that are useful for a one man band and would rather users use professional equipment for recording live multi-track sessions."
- Paul, 4Pockets Audio
4Pockets is informing customers that their $20 app, with over $50 worth of In-App Purchases, is not suitable for professional recording of live multi-track sessions. Unfortunately they are not informing them of this upfront.
If you're in the market for a multitrack recorder and make the erroneous conclusion that an app named Meteor Multitrack Recorder might fit the bill, upon visiting their iTunes page there is nothing there to disabuse you of this notion. In fact they continue to give customers the false impression. As of this writing the iTunes description is as follows:
Meteor is a digital multi-track recorder DAW designed specifically for the iPad. The program features up to 24 tracks of high quality Stereo, Mono and MIDI audio, a built in mixer and multi-effects processor. Meteor is ideally suited for creating musical compositions, and also a great tool for journalists and business people who need to splice and piece together voice notes, narration or dictation. Compositions once mixed can be exported to standard file formats for use on your desktop PC or MAC.
Meteor includes a fully featured sound editor allowing recordings and Stereo Sounds from other Apps to be trimmed or spliced together. You can apply various effects to your recordings either directly, as part of the recording process or in real time during playback. Editor features include cut, copy, paste, fade in/out. clear, reverse, gain, normalize, remove DC offset, time stretch and pitch shift. Effects include digital delay, chorus / flanger, reverb, graphic equalizer, noise gate, tremelo, tone boost and distortion.
The Mixer and effect levels can be fully automated using definable controller tracks. An integrated metronome with count-in helps you record your masterpiece, and If 12 tracks isn't enough there is a full stereo mixdown facility.
The MIDI Editor available through In-App purchase allows full editing of MIDI Note and Controllers as well as Scrubbing, Step Recordings and In-Place Editing of MIDI Parts.
When an app calls itself a Multitrack Recorder, and begins the iTunes description with "Meteor is a digital multi-track recorder DAW" I can see how customers might be deceived. I spoke with Paul from 4Pockets about this and he seemed entirely untroubled by potentially misleading customers. I do not share his disinterest. Despite his assurance that they are not being deliberately deceptive, he clearly isn't going out of his way to amend the iTunes description to avoid any further confusion.
Therefore, fuck these guys. Deceptive names and marketing are a part of the game, but they're making no attempt to give consumers a sporting chance. I would think twice about purchasing any of their apps, if this is the sort of developer they want to be.