Spire Studio: Portable, Professional Quality Recording Made Simple, iZotope
|Connector Type||XLR Connector|
|Power Source||Battery Powered|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
|Product Dimensions||4.84 x 4.36 x 3.44 inches; 1.6 Pounds|
|Number of Channels||1|
About this item
- NO SET-UP: Simple recording with a built-in wireless connection to the Spire app – record, edit, mix and share tracks from your phone.
- STUDIO QUALITY: Built-in, professional microphone with award winning sound processing technology and studio quality audio effects.
- PORTABLE RECORDING: Spire Studio fits into a small bag, backpack or guitar case – record music anywhere, anytime with built-in Wi-Fi.
- SHARE AND COLLABORATE: Plug in your musical instruments with XLR/TS combo jacks, and share tracks with friends, fans and bandmates.
- IZOTOPE SOFTWARE: Driven by a passion for audio, iZotope develops innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative.
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From the manufacturer
With a built-in wireless connection to your phone and a four-hour, rechargeable battery, Spire Studio has everything you need to make the world your recording studio.
Capture your ideas whenever inspiration strikes with no set up time. When you're ready, easily export your music to collaborate with bandmates, continue working on your computer, or share your recordings directly to social media.
Spire Studio includes a built-in, studio-quality microphone and Grace Design preamps so you can plug in your instruments and mics with pristine clarity. Adding iZoptope's studio-quality effects creates a professional recording experience that other portable recording devices don't offer.
Now everyone can record music with professional quality on Spire Studio, the most versatile mobile recording system ever made. Simplifying the recording and editing process, the wireless, portable 8-track recording audio device features a built-in, professional microphone, two inputs with Grace Design preamps, and award-winning sound processing technology delivering high-quality recordings. A simple LED touchscreen allows you to adjust volume, mute audio, and delete tracks without slowing your musical flow. Add studio quality creative effects like reverbs and delays, which you can hear back in real time. Edit, mix, and share recorded music instantly via Wi-Fi connection between Spire Studio and the Spire app, a powerful multi-track recorder, which is controlled with simple, intuitive gestures. Portable, wireless and battery operated, Spire Studio fits into a backpack or guitar case, so you have a professional studio with you at all times. Automatically set recording levels with a single button to eliminate set-up time and distorted sounds. You and your bandmates can plug in your musical instrument of choice to XLR/TS combo jacks with pristine clarity. Spire Studio can even power your own mic with 48V Phantom power with a customizable metronome, and automatically syncs tracks between hardware and software for seamless version control. Whether capturing a moment of inspiration or collaborating with bandmates around the globe on your latest tracks, iZotope's Spire delivers a new kind of recording experience. Over 6 hours of recording time with connection to your favorite cloud storage services to easily save your Spire projects. Soundcheck continues to be one of Spire Studio's most popular features, able to quickly and easily get you ready to record. It automatically sets gain levels, making sure your recordings aren't too quiet or too loud and distorting. We are excited to announce that Soundcheck now intelligently detects the instrument you’re playing and uses this information to set input levels and sculpt your tone. At iZotope, we are obsessed with great sound, and constantly improving our products to inspire and enable creativity. That’s why we created Spire, to help you effortlessly capture high-quality audio based on your instrument so you can focus on being creative. And with new additions to Soundcheck, we’re further improving our product to help you stay in the creative flow. Using technology from Neutron 3, Spire's Soundcheck can identify whether you're recording vocals, guitar, bass, piano, or drums, and automatically applies a custom EQ curve to make your instrument sound its best. Instrument detection and tone shaping is a market first for a portable recording device. Coupled with iZotope’s unparalleled audio processing in Spire, the updated Soundcheck feature makes Spire Studio the best recording solution for songwriters to capture ideas and intuitively build them into songs with the highest audio quality. Spire app for iOS requires iPhone 6 or higher, or iPad and iOS 10 and higher Spire app for Android requires v7 or higher, and Samsung S6 or higher compatible iPads: iPad Air: 4,1 / 4,2 / 4,3iPad Mini 2: 4,4 / 4,5 / 4,6iPad Mini 3: 4,7 / 4,8 / 4,9iPad Mini 4: 5,1 / 5, 2iPad Air 2: 5,3 / 5,4iPad Pro 9.7”: 6,3 / 6,4iPad Pro 12.9”: 6,7 / 6,8iPad (5th gen): 6,11 / 6,12iPad Pro 2 12.9”: 7,1 / 7,2iPad Pro 10.5”: 7,3 / 7,4 Output Files: WAV, MP4, M4A, SPIRE, ZIP
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- I have used and loved the Spire app (without the hardware) since its release
- I’m an indie musician who self-produces and is constantly making demos on the fly
- I have production/mixing know-how but am always looking to make use of technological automation for some of the more tedious things in recording so that I can free up my mind for the more creative aspects
I’ll get right down to it:
- The meat and potatoes: this is a portable interface. You can take your favorite mic, an XLR, the Spire, and your phone anywhere and be ready to record. No wall outlet needed until you run out of juice. That’s pretty cool.
- The app*: the app is ingenious. It’s a totally intuitive and enjoyable approach to mixing and recording on the fly. I loved the app even before I got the Spire.
-*The app:... is waaay worse WITH the Spire hardware (as opposed to using the app alone with your phone's mic). Connecting is tedious, clunky, and buggy. Disconnecting headphones from my phone to plug them into the Spire feels disjointed. Sometimes the meters show what the Spire mic is hearing while the headphones output what the phone mic is hearing. When the Studio hardware is connected, the app becomes slow, laggy, glitchy and cramped (with added Studio-only buttons).
-The hardware: kind of looks tacky. I get that it matches the app, but an earlier reviewer's comparison to a clock radio is very accurate. It looks like a prototype of a failed Sega game console. Which, from one angle, that's sick. But I can't take myself or my music seriously when I have this weird Sega Clock Radio Gamesphere blinking and flashing at me from the table.
-The mic: is bad. My 2016 iPhone SE mic sounds far better, no exaggeration. I don't know if that's the iPhone's built-in audio processing, but either way, my Spire demos sound worse when I use the Studio hardware. The Studio mic is sibilant, brittle, shrill, tinny...and attached to the hardware! One of the coolest things about recording audio on my phone is that I can walk around with it like it's a microphone. I tried walking around with that clunky thing in my hand...no good.
Overall, it's hard to rate this thing. On one hand, it does something that nothing else on the market does. On the other hand...maybe there's a reason nothing else on the market does this. Is it cool to be able to record wherever with any mic in your collection, no PC needed? Yes. Is it only slightly less convenient to just bust out a laptop and a small USB interface...? Yes. And that's my point. It's this weird niche thing that sounds invaluable on paper, but in practice, it's kind of just not worth it.
Plus, it's like...that's the whole thing with iPhone demos. It's ready to go. What do you need? Just your phone. Boom. Done. Maybe a pair of headphones, but that's it. You could literally be in a car with an acoustic guitar, and your phone and headphones (which you had with you anyway), and do an entire song demo complete with overdubs, WITHOUT this product.
But I am honestly glad I have it, just in case. If I want to record a vocal track in a space that's acoustically nicer than the room I normally have access to, I can do that, and I can use my Rode mic and the Spire Studio. Or if I find a grand piano in some random spot that I won't be able to set up a computer in, and I want to record it, I can do that. That's why it gets three stars: it does what it says it does. But for too much money, maybe. And not exceedingly well, I think. But it does do what it says it does. And that's worth something.
Top reviews from other countries
First off would like to say the delivery was incredibly fast, ordered 1030pm Sunday night arrive 1030 am Monday morning. Wow.
And now the unit PROS:
-Feels like a really good quality device, weighty but not too heavy, solid
-compact as hell! This would easily fit in a guitar case, with your phone in your pocket you have all you need to record
-internal mic sounds incredible
-easy to set up/use
-Very limited effects, I love the presets but my concern would be my music sounding the exact same as everyone else with a Spire. They sound great but are not customizable.
-No mastering function, so anyone who is serious about putting music on Spotify or CD will need to either master in a DAW or pay to have it done by a pro. I feel like a couple mastering presets wouldn’t be so hard to put in the app.
-Getting your finished wav files, at least from the iPhone is a pain. Apple being apple, plug my phone into the Mac, cannot access files because I’m missing an update blah blah blah. Just a few more steps and hoops than I’d like to go through to get my finished tunes.
-no internal bounce function, 8 tracks is all you get.
For a little less money than this I purchased a Zoom R8 which is a stand-alone multitrack recorder, it does everything I need (built in mic’s aren’t nearly as good as the spire) and runs on batteries. This gives me a little more freedom with the mixing and mastering (I’m no pro at either). I feel like I may have to return my spire.
If you want a device to lay down some really great demos in no time at all and have the cash to spend then by all means purchase this unit.
If you want to release the music you make, grab the zoom r8 and a decent condenser mic, you’ll be better off in the long run.