Overall, I was very impressed. The app itself was simple to use and made really good use of the large display on the iPad. It felt surprisingly natural using my fingers to move tracks around and editing was particularly easy using Apple Pencil. It was also simple to import in tracks (in my case using Dropbox). I have no doubt that I will soon be able to use it permanently as part of my workflow for each weekly show. But there were some drawbacks which, for now, mean I’ll continue to use my Macbook for weekly production. Here’s what I found:
1. Bandwidth constraints: not a criticism of Ferrite, but I found pulling in tracks individually from my Drop-box account a very slow process. Where I live, I suffer from a slow internet connection. It would also be good if Ferrite could have a feature to import multiple tracks into the library. That way, I could select all the tracks for the show (normally around 14 or 15) and just leave it running in the background. (almost like a sync capability).
2. M4a verses MP3: I understand the reasons for sticking with Apple’s AAC format, but I’d still really like to have the option to export out as an MP3 file. At the moment, I’ll still need to use my Macbook to convert from M4a to MP3.
3. Export track to an FTP client: An ability to export the final file to an FTP client such as Transmit would be good. At the moment, I would have to export to iCloud Drive and then, using Transmit, upload from iCloud Drive to my web server.
I know that much of these issues are in part due to the lack of a file directory in iOS so I’m even more impressed with how Ferrite works around that challenge. But I’m really hoping to use my iPad Pro as my weekly podcast production device. Given just how much Wooji Juice have achieved so far with Ferrite, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time till I can switch over full time to the iPad Pro.