New Gear Review: PreSonus Capture and Capture Duo for iPad

Presonus_CapturePreSonus® has introduced iOS software based on the live-recording software for their StudioLive mixers called Capture™ for iPad® and Capture Duo. These two new audio-recording apps for Apple iPad work identically but Capture for iPad is able to record up to 32 tracks simultaneously, with up to 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity. Downloadable for free from Apple’s App Store, Capture Duo lets you record and play two stereo tracks and has the same feature/editing set as Capture for iPad.

I downloaded Duo to my iPad 4 and the onscreen help got me recording and editing a new session in minutes. I spoke closely to the iPad’s built-in mic and recorded a narration for video I wanted to show to my students.

Once I had my different takes roughly cut using Capture’s editing tools, I transferred the files over my WiFi network to PreSonus Studio One® version 2.6.3 running on my studio’s Mac. Recordings are saved in Apple’s Lossless format to reduce transfer times. Transferring wirelessly is an awesome utility with the files showing up immediately in Studio One and ready to be edited/processed further.

Capture Duo allowed me to record in stereo or mono and use/configure the built-in metronome, select sample rate, save multiple songs and assign different inputs to each track if using a connected I/O box such as PreSonus’ new AudioBox iTwo.

Capture for iPad is available from the Apple App Store for $9.99.


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