FourTrack, from Sonoma Wireworks, is a template for where 4 Tracks will hopefully go.
It’s not perfect, either, but it certainly looks the Apple app part, with a very slick, stylish GUI. It, too, features four vertical channels, each of which acts as a colour-coded level meter. There’s a separate pan wheel for each channel, with one large rewind/forward scrub/scroll wheel, and you can jump through a recording by tapping the striped progress bar. On the downside, there’s no channel mute button, nor can you name channels.
Pressing a track’s Rec Arm icon prepares it for recording. You then slide the red record switch to activate it.
FourTrack’s strength is that you can load entire songs from your archive and it recalls your settings from last use. As with the other apps reviewed here, tracks can be moved to a Mac using wifi.
FourTrack’s ability to keep song elements together and instantly reload them with all settings intact is what you expect from a multitrack recording app. If you want to juggle numerous works in progress, this is the app you need.
FourTrack also looks fabulous and fully embraces the iPhone’s tactile poke, stroke and slide interaction.
If Sonoma adds a mute button and maybe track naming, then it will have the ultimate mobile music sketchpad.