Originally Posted by philper
Recording with an iPad is fine for just experimenting and fooling around. From my looks at it I'm not anywhere near ready to use it on a job where I'm being paid, and where a live performance was the subject of the recording, no matter how cheap or hip it is. Maybe a later version...
In such a case, it may be considered a useful adjunct for backup, on the spot audition production, etc.
I also come at this from a broadcast perspective. It is convenient, portable, reasonably reliable and facilitates OTT features like studio linking, and is great for opportunistic work.
And, let's face it, as far as quality is concerned, the acquisition peripheral can be whatever you like, and the average capture/conversion quality is more than adequate for ultimate distribution at the 16/48K level.
I value both the quality of my Nagra acquisition chain, a UFXwith DURec, a BabyFace into an iPad, and an SD302 into the line in of an H2n. (Even a Behringer 802 into a TASCAM CD recorder produced quite satisfactory results.)
As I said originally, we are spoilt for choice ... especially compared to lumping round a pair of BTR2s that produced quality not greatly in excess of a latter-generation cassette recorder).