Tascam Portastudio for iPad review

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Portastudio for iPad is a fantastically retro app.

MusicRadar Verdict

Simple but strong.


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    Great retro feel.


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    Somewhat basic.

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The Portastudio app from Tascam apes the lookand feel of Tascam's Porta One cassette-based four-track from 1984.

You get four tracks, each with High and Low EQ and Pan controls, and when you've finished recording, you can mix them down to a stereo file. It's wonderfully retro (the'cassette' squeals when you rewind) and simple to use.

Four tracks and no effects seemsrather basic in this day and age, but if a Tascam four-track wasgood enough for Bruce Springsteen to record Nebraska, it's certainly good enough for us to fumble around with.

Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.