The latest from iZotope is a fascinating hardware interface called Spire Studio for wireless mobile recording. Designed for use with iOS only, Spire Studio is unique in that all recording takes place wirelessly over a Wi-Fi connection between itself and the accompanying Spire app. The futuristic-looking unit has two combo XLR/jack inputs for recording mics or instruments, both of which can provide 48V phantom power. There’s also a built-in microphone and headphone output. Navigate the device using the LED touch screen ring around the top along with the five buttons for record, play, volume, new project, and ‘Soundcheck’ automatic gain function.
The Spire app lets you add effects to your inputs which you can monitor in real-time. Once you’ve laid your tracks down to the eight-track recorder, you can mix them on the intuitive, graph-based mixer which adjusts panning, volume, and stereo spread. Mixes can be exported right from your iPhone or iPad, or you can collaborate with other Spire users by sharing the session.