GNARBOX Revisited

Howdy, folks. I’ve been spending some time out in the deep country and wanted to share another little GNARBOX creation.

Here are a few things I didn’t mention in my review which I’ve come to realize through further use:

  • WiFi has excellent range, and the GNARBOX uses solid state memory. While I mentioned these in the specifications previously, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that you can leave it kicking about in your bag, and not feeling the need to have the device directly in front of me is surprisingly freeing! I quickly got to feeling like I was doing all this editing using only my phone, which I would imagine is the seamlessness the creators intended.
  • Audio remains frustratingly limited. While I understand that the intended output isn’t necessarily sound-critical (though this will certainly change with the 2.0 apps later this year), I still wish I had the ability to do more than select a hit point
  • That being said, there are plenty of robust audio processing options for mobile devices. iOS users: I’ve heard great things about GarageBand, which I’ve found to be excellent on OS X. As an Android user, I used J4T Multitrack Recorder (an inexpensive mixer with basic editing capabilities) to mix the recordings I made into a suitable background track.
  • Incidentally, those recordings (ambient noise and a Denver-made Gene Milligan whistle, separately) were made with an Olympus LS-P2 PCM recorder. I love the size of the Olympus, but I think that the Zoom H4n (coming soon to a Mike’s Camera near you) might have been a better fit, as it would have allowed me to record and mix both tracks in-device. Regardless of your choice of device, though, the point I would like to impress upon you is that paying a little attention to your audio makes a huge difference!
  • With practice, the process became even quicker.

Hope you enjoyed my experiments, and maybe learned a little vicariously. Has anyone out there experimented with mobile content creation? What are the best solutions you’ve found? We’d love to see your creations!

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