Last week, SoundTrap released an iOS app. There is no secret that a number of web-based services, while in the universal HTML-5 format, do not work well on iPad. Some services require a keyboard, others just don’t work right. Another example is flat.io, which works best on computers and Chromebooks. Flat.io has mentioned that they, too, are developing an iPad app.
SoundTrap is a web-based digital audio workstation, offering an interface similar to GarageBand. Basic functions and loops are free, but subscriptions are required for full functionality. Educational pricing does exist.
If you have an iPad, you might wonder why you would want SoundTrap instead of GarageBand, and unless you are into SoundTrap’s collaborative features (you might be!), there really isn’t much benefit for using SoundTrap. However, if you teach in a BYOD environment or a mixed technology environment (e.g. Chromebooks and iPads available), SoundTrap files can be created on iOS or Chromebook and then opened in the other format.
Like the basic function of SoundTrap, the app is free, and is worth checking out. I have not had time to attach any MIDI devices to SoundTrap, and will have to do that at a later time.
I love this move. It opens SoundTrap to use in 1:1 iPad schools, and it acknowledges the place of the iPad in the world of music technology while still offering solutions on all those other platforms. I wish SoundTrap all the success in the world.