Hello, techinmusiced readers! I have tweeted about this subject in the past, but would like to add a post about it as well.
I am looking for an iOS app, iPad is best, that would allow my students to download and play mp3s that I put in a shared Google Drive folder.
Additionally, I would like them to be be able to take an audio file that I upload and have them record an additional track (i.e. Their singing), and the save the resulting combined track in a Google Drive folder that they have shared with me. Think of it as Google Drive karaoke for the sake of assessment and creating a portfolio.
Free would be good, too (my school has no budget for apps, but if there is a paid app that can do what I am looking for, I'd love to know about it).
Google Drive doesn't seem to handle audio well, and the iPad is a world of hurt when it comes to importing music. iOS does not allow for saving of audio. I'm sure this is a remnant of DRM with audio files, and perhaps part of an agreement with the music recording industry to allow DRM-free music in iTunes. I am frustrated that I cannot have students download audio (which I have created, nonetheless) so that my students can practice with those audio tracks and then record themselves with those audio tracks.
You might ask, “Can't you just do this on a SmartMusic and upload a self-created assignment?” Yes, you can, but not on the iPad (at least not yet), and even if it could, you would have to either have a subscription or pin a SmartMusic account to the iPad. As you can see earlier, my school doesn't really have the funds for a true SmartMusic effort. Don't get me wrong…I love SmartMusic and I can't wait to use it on the iPad, but we are going to need some in-house tools as well.
GarageBand could certainly do what I need to be done, but you cannot import an audio track directly on an iPad so that it can be opened and used as a background track. If you want to import audio, you need to sync with a computer or buy from iTunes, neither which are options for me.
So…readers of techinmusiced, do you have any recommendations for me? I will leave comments open for this post.