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  • Lessons from NAMM 2012

    1. Manufacturers now treat iPads as an OEM CPU/Display sub-assembly, but supplied by the user.
    2. Wireless is replacing cables.
    3. Stand-alone iPad apps don't make money (although Auria probably will).
    4. Everyone has something that's iOS compatible.
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    It's tempting me to get an iPad for music. I don't think I'd ever record much on it than a guitar scratchpad for ideas, but I like seeing it integrated with other hardware like FX pedals and mixers. I just wonder if they're really worth it (especially the mixers). I prefer to use a DAW on my PC I built. I like the idea of an iPad as a controller, tabulature viewer, ideas storage, etc.
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    • #3
      I go back and forth on the iPad. It doesn't do anything I can't do already with my existing gear, but it's more convenient than a conventional laptop. And if I'm going to keep reviewing gear, I guess I need to get one...
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      • #4
        1. Manufacturers now treat iPads as an OEM CPU/Display sub-assembly, but supplied by the user.

        I really really dislike this trend, for several reasons.


          But most who do don't have the same thing compatible with the Android or other tablets. . I have nothing in particular against Apple, it's just that for the primary reasons for which these portable devices were designed, we have choices. But for connecting to audio gear, we usually don't have a choice. It's Apple's way or the highway. I think it was TC that had both an iOS and Android version of their TonePrint loader gizmos. Damn! I forgot to mention that in my report. It might have been the coolest iApp I saw at the show, not for what it does, but how it does it. That's what they get for not having a printed press release and no literature to hand me.
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        • #5
          I still hate greasy hands on my monitors so the iPad integration, while a bit of a mindblower this show, rankles a bit. To each his own smudged monitor I guess.
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          • #6
            I already have a physical control surface (9 sliders, 8 knobs, and a bunch of banks, all built into my 88 key controller) that I never use. And while I think there could be some really interesting things you can/could do with a pad/slate/whatever you want to call it, the downsides -- not to mention the cost -- bug me. On the latter, you have to realize, I do all my work and most of my play on a 6 year old refurbished Dell that cost $404 to my door. (I later effectively quadrupled the RAM, added a faster, 1TB drive.) That's all my web/database developing, all my video production, all my audio production, and virtually all my entertainment (it's my 'stereo' and my 'TV,' too). So, dumping twice that amount on something that has a relatively tiny screen, doesn't even have a keyboard or protective shell or even a kickstand or easel (because I'm certainly not going to sit there holding it up in the air like a fool) is pretty much a non-starter for me.


            Actually, the only use I've heard of that really fired me up on the concept of a tablet/slate/pad is the concept of using one as an unwired outboard display for photo and video shoots. But I was talking to someone who said that while they were OK for photos, the video transmission speed was insufficient for video playback from his cam... But the potential is certainly there.
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            • #7
              Here's the one that caught my eye.



              Just the form of it is pretty slick, I can't deny.
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              • #8
                I go back and forth on the iPad. It doesn't do anything I can't do already with my existing gear, but it's more convenient than a conventional laptop. And if I'm going to keep reviewing gear, I guess I need to get one...

                Here's one thing I've found so far that an iPad can do that I can't do with my existing gear:

                Spectrasonics Omni TR

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                • #9
                  1. Manufacturers now treat iPads as an OEM CPU/Display sub-assembly, but supplied by the user.
                  2. Wireless is replacing cables.
                  3. Stand-alone iPad apps don't make money (although Auria probably will).
                  4. Everyone has something that's iOS compatible.


                  I didn't happen to notice #2, but noticed all else you mentioned at NAMM.
                  Ken Lee on 500px / Ken's Photo Store / Ken Lee Photography Facebook Website / Blueberry Buddha Studios / Ajanta Palace Houseboat - Kashmir / Hotel Green View - Kashmir / Eleven Shadows website / Ken Lee Photography Blog / Akai 12-track tape transfers / MY NEW ALBUM! The Mercury Seven

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                  • #10
                    I go back and forth on the iPad. It doesn't do anything I can't do already with my existing gear, but it's more convenient than a conventional laptop. And if I'm going to keep reviewing gear, I guess I need to get one...


                    But there are also some real nice ANDROID alternatives !

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                    • #11
                      Are there a lot of music apps and manufacturers treating Android-based tablets as an OEM CPU/Display sub-assembly, but supplied by the user?
                      Ken Lee on 500px / Ken's Photo Store / Ken Lee Photography Facebook Website / Blueberry Buddha Studios / Ajanta Palace Houseboat - Kashmir / Hotel Green View - Kashmir / Eleven Shadows website / Ken Lee Photography Blog / Akai 12-track tape transfers / MY NEW ALBUM! The Mercury Seven

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                      • #12
                        I don't think Android music apps are coming along quite as well. Seems everything is very much more weighted towards iPad, and for good reason - 1 device to design/code for.
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                        "So David, are you finished suffering?" and I say "I'm not sure, what do you think?" and he says "you only
                        suffer as long as you want to"." -Dave Gahan

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                        • #13
                          Android is hacked. iOS is more relaible than Android because it's closed and controlled by Apple. And I'm not the Apple person

                          I use my iPad 2 as a reader and video player mostly. I've got some music apps and the best were Animoog and V-Control. Everything else were just a toys. iPad is fantastic educational tool as well as reference device, my 2 kopecs.

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                          • #14

                            I use my iPad 2 as a reader and video player mostly.


                            Why don't you read books and watch television on the couch with a bowl of popcorn? Or do you just like gadgets and can afford it?
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                            "Today's production equipment is IT-based and cannot be operated without a passing knowledge of computing, although it seems that it can be operated without a passing knowledge of audio." - John Watkinson, Resolution Magazine, October 2006
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                            • #15
                              Once I finally buy an iPad, I'll probably start buying virtual books too. Books take up a lot of space, take a lot of energy to pack, and cost a lot to move. I like the idea of being able to move my book (and video) collection as easily as I move an iPad.

                              Perhaps one day, it'll be almost as easy to move my studio too...

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