New Gear Review: Focusrite iTrack Pocket

focusrite_itrack_PocketFocusrite’s iTrack Pocket is a small, desktop cradle system that holds and positions an iPhone 5 (or later) for taking video selfies. The iTrack Pocket contains a stereo microphone with a record level control and a 1/4-inch (DI) direct guitar input jack. With the Focusrite app Impact (downloadable free from iTunes) installed in your iPhone and then connecting the Pocket using an included Lighting/Mini USB cable, you can record wide-angle videos of yourself (or friends) performing and also capture a wide stereo sound field to match.

The Impact app offers three modes of audio recording: Stereo Mode with built-in stereo microphones, Guitar + Mic mode records both the direct guitar signal and mics and Guitar only mode mutes the mics and records just the DI. Impact also provides guitar amp simulators with individual controls to enliven your DI guitar sound and mastering effects like small room reverb, vocal doubler, enhancer and stereo compression.

I found the iTrack Pocket simple to use and great for recording quality sounding videos. Once recorded, I did a little editing in Impact and then uploaded the video to YouTube and shared with friends over WiFi and Bluetooth.

The Focusrite iTrack Pocket sells for $125 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com