iPad Pro Best Audio Interface (2021) – Part 1 – Presonus Studio 24c Review – Granted Geek Show
But today, we’re going to take a look at how it works with ipad and how many of those features carry over to ios that we get on mac and pc before we get started, be sure to hit the subscribe button and click the bell. So you don’t miss i’m chris grant jr it’s the granite geek show so first off, who needs an audio interface. Well, this video is for my podcasters, my youtubers, my musicians. Anybody who wants high quality audio at any given time. Also, anybody who has a setup like this with speakers and wants to hear their ipad pro put out some serious volume in a theater setup or something like that um, so we’re gon na start with the presenter studio 24c. This is part one of my full series. I’Ll be going through every audio interface i own and seeing how it works with the ipad pro. So the first thing that i love about the studio 24c is you’ve. Got this great build quality you’ve got a blue and black gunmetal type feel it’s, very heavy, which may not be so good for portability, but it’s. Definitely excellent for durability, so let’s go over all the buttons and physical knobs, and things like that. So on the front of it, you’ve got your two microphone inputs. Now these are combo inputs, so you can use trs or xlr right into these two. This is great because for podcasting, or something like that, you’re able to plug in two microphones or your instrument in like a guitar or something like that here is what i love.
This is an led display that shows you the input level from your microphones, as well as your uh volume level for your left and right speakers. It goes from negative 24 to zero db. Here. You’Ve got your input, volume control, so you can control the amount of gain coming in through here. You’Ve got your phantom power button, which lights up blue when it’s connected uh you’ve got your mixer, which changes the amount of input you’re getting from your uh computer versus your inputs. In case you want low latency monitoring. You’Ve got your headphone knob here self explanatory and your main volume knob, which controls your main speaker: outputs, um on the left side, nothing, but the logo and that’s the same on the right side on the top. You have the presonus logo and then on the back. You’Ve got your headphone jack you’ve got your left and right speaker output as well as two old school midis. This is cool, particularly for the ipad pro, because sometimes you’re limited in the amount of usb ports that you have so it’s nice to be able to plug. In your keyboard, via the audio interface, and then that frees up some usb ports um, this also connects via usbc, so we’ll go ahead and remove this speaker of this sticker um to show there we are usbc and all these audio interfaces claim to be ipad and Ios compatible so we’re going to plug this in we’re, going to do some sound test and uh we’re gon na see how good the quality is.
So what i’m gon na do is i’m gon na bring the camera down right here. So we can get a good look at the interface as well as the ipad i’ve got this microphone here which i’ll be using. This is a condenser microphone called the stellar x2 it’s, a great, relatively cheap microphone that has really better sound quality than it should at this price point and uh. This is something that’s easier for people to get their hands on and get a good idea of what the sound quality will be like so let’s go ahead and take the presonus and plug it up now for this old school ipad, using the lightning connector i’ll have To use an adapter – and this is just a usb to lightning adapter for some reason, i also can’t find any of my usbc to usb. So i found these nifty little adapters that convert usb c into usb a and then here i’ve got a usb c which will go into the back of the device. So this should be relatively simple. We plug this on in and we want to make sure that we’re connected to power as well just so that the ipad is able to supply the interface with enough juice. So let’s go ahead and remove the sticker just a little bit and we’ll plug it into the back right there, and then we will take the usbc and go right into the interface. Now we can see we have a red light here and then it turned blue indicating that it’s getting enough power i’m assuming um.
So then, like i said, the thunderbolt i’m. Sorry, the 48 phantom power comes on blue when it’s activated and uh let’s go ahead and plug a microphone into this. So we’ll go ahead and open up garageband now it says audio device connected. So, yes, we want to turn on monitoring here, but we have no microphone plugged in so you don’t see any input levels. So now we have the stellar x2 plugged in right here, as you can see, and we’re gon na go ahead and plug that into the interface and now we should be providing some phantom power to it and we should begin to get an input level um with A new audio track testing testing and there we have it. We’Ve got some audio input here. Let’S go ahead and turn up our input gain and then okay testing testing one two one: two. We have to put it up a little a little, a good amount. Past half in order to get much of anything but as you can see i’m kind of at a distance here, so what we’re going to do now is get at a decent distance testing testing. One two um seems like: we need a good amount of gain. As you can see, the input here is still quite low, so here we have the volume coming in and we’re going to go ahead and record a little bit of this and see what our volume levels are like we’ll plug that in and this does connect through The back now, one thing that i don’t really like about the studio 24c is the difference in where all the inputs and outputs are located, sometimes you’re, reaching around the back, sometimes it’s up here on the front um.
If you’re not familiar with the interface, you know you kind of have to duck down to see some of the writing down there if you’re looking at it from above. But those are things that you could get used to so now. We’Ve got our headphones plugged in we’ll, go ahead and turn up our headphone volume. I think that’s, the headphone yep that’s, the headphone volume, um and we’re doing self monitoring now so i’m. Getting the input from the microphone and i’m hearing it right now in my headphones, so now we’re going to go ahead and record something and i’ll play the file back for you, okay. So what you’re listening to now is audio coming into the stellar x2 microphone directly into the preamps on the studio 24c by presonus. Audio recording is 192 kilohertz and 24 bit. So that should give you an idea of what audio sounds like going into the preamps on the studio 24c. Now we’re gon na do a speaker test. Okay, so i’ve got my speakers and i don’t have them powered on. Yet just so we don’t get any uh clipping noise, we’re gon na go ahead and plug them into the back of the studio 24c. There is our right speaker, and also here, is our left so now we’re going to go ahead and turn the speakers on. Oh look: it’s. The latest episode of the granite geek show seeing what we can get from it as well as devices, and i hope, apple’s not doing what i think they’re doing i’m chris grant jr it’s the granite geek show Music.
Also before we get started. The air tags just arrived to my house, so we’ll be doing the giveaway for that. So let me turn that down this thing has gained for days. Let me tell you, i think the headphones are going to. Let me turn this down um. So this thing has got gain for days: uh it’s, not having any trouble pumping out to these speakers here. So definitely a win for that. So obviously the interface works, as you would expect it to um. We’Ve got microphone going in we’ve got speakers going out. So really no problem there. Unfortunately, there aren’t really any special features to speak up for this device. It just does exactly what it’s supposed to do, and i guess that’s, okay. So while i do like the durability of this device, one thing that you have to consider is its weight. It actually weighs more than the tablet itself. So if weight is one of your concerns, there are definitely lighter options that can do everything. The studio 24c can do given that there are no special features under the hood. So with that being said, that is a quick look at the presonus studio 24c as an audio interface compatible with the ipad pro overall it’s, a good solidly built interface. It can work with ios, it gives you the basics, it gives you your microphone inputs, it gives you your speaker. Outputs um you’ve got some midi options here and it runs usbc, so it’s forward thinking some things i didn’t like so much about it is that the inputs and outputs weren’t all either on the front or on the back of the device, so you’re kind of playing Games back and forth and that’s not so good if you’re, in a desktop situation where it’s just sitting in one place, you’re gon na have to reach back there and kind of feel for where things are and what you need to plug in.
But overall i think it’s a great interface and, if you’re doing more rugged production podcasts that are outdoors and stuff like that. I think this build quality is going to hold up much better than some of the competition. So if you want to pick one of these up, affiliate links will be down in the description below that’s. One way you can help out the channel if you’re feeling so inclined be sure to like the video. If you liked the video subscribe and click the bell, as well as we cover your favorite tech and video games, stay tuned for the next video in this series, i’ll either be looking at the m audio or the evo 4 or the audience shout out to them. For sending those two devices over as well, thank you guys so much for watching.