I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and if you follow me on Twitter you may have heard me rant about it a while back. Right now, with an iPad Camera Connection Kit ($30, even less if you get only the USB connector on ebay – just make sure it’s official) and a powered USB hub (give or take $25 new) you can connect just about any of the gear that you already have to your iPad. Some of which you can even connect without a hub. I just feel like a lot of the major ‘iPad compatible’ gear is drastically lacking at least one important feature. The Akai SynthStation 49 drastically lacks knobs and sliders, the iO Dock doesn’t work with USB MIDI controllers unless you’ve got a computer in between it and the controller, or unless you want to do all of this, ect… What do you guys think? Is there any iPad specific gear that you’re considering? or using? Or is it all just marketing hype? Leave a comment below!
The Alesis AmpDock is easily the most sophisticated iOS guitar interface on the market. You’ve got knobs, a separate pedal board, all sorts of ins and outs, MIDI DIN, but best of all, the pedals and knobs are assignable to presets and knobs inside JamUp Pro XT! You can set up knobs in the virtual amps and pedals to be controlled by the physical ones on the AmpDock, and have pedal board trigger different presets… that’s perfect for live use!
A NAMM sneak peak of the upcoming Axiom Air Mini 32 Keyboard. In the video, “it is a keyboards that’s targeted towards customers who are looking for a very good keyboard to use with both iPad and desktop.” Always nice to see major hardware companies thinking about iOS music creation.
“In Episode 2 we dive into the input processing of the DL1608 and show how the high pass filter, 4-band EQ, compressor, and gate are controlled.”
This think certainly looks like a promising mixer for the iPad – especially for live use! Not only does the Mackie DL1608 offer the most (12 XLR and four combo mic/line inputs) inputs of any iPad interface, but it allows you to use up to 10 other iPad to control your live mix over Wifi – all you need is a wireless router. So sound engineers and musicians can control their own mix right on stage.
I think this is a fantastic use of the iPad! Sure all of this could be done with a computer, but now anyone with an iPad can easily edit their mix from anywhere on stage, wirelessly. Just another example of how the iPad is changing the way we perform music…