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  • What are your favorite iPad music apps? And why?

    I hope this is the right forum to post this question, if not, please forgive me.

    My first Mac was a (Motorola) Classic ][ running System 6 and my last Mac was a pre-Intel (Power PC) OSX - so I've been out of apple-land for a long time. I let the software I use choose the platform, and since I write aftermarket styles for Band-in-a-Box, Windows is better (the StyleMaker app for PC has more features than the StyleMaker app for Mac).

    So now it's time to get a tablet - my first one. I chose an iPad Air (64) because everything I read tells me there are tons more music apps on the iPad than on an Android tablet. It's supposed to arrive soon.

    So I was wondering what are some of your favorite iPad music apps? And why you like them?

    Other than a magazine subscription or two, I haven't the slightest idea what the iPad can do so I'm hoping people participate and give me an overview of iPad-world.

    Thanks.
    Notes
    Bob "Notes" Norton
    Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
    Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box
    The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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    Originally posted by Notes_Norton View Post

    Other than a magazine subscription or two, I haven't the slightest idea what the iPad can do so I'm hoping people participate and give me an overview of iPad-world.

    I'm with you on this one. Know nothing about it.

    I was in Guitar Center yesterday looking at studio monitors. Before I left I saw what I thought was the new Line 6 guitar amp so I picked up a guitar and thought I'd try it out. I sat there trying to figure out how it worked until a guy came over and said where is your iPhone? I said I don't have an iPhone. He said you have to have an iPhone or an iPad to work this thing. You play your apps through it.

    I know IK Multimedia has an Amplitube app and I love Amplitube but it seems it might be a little awkward trying to adjust parameters while playing live.
    Last edited by Folder; 02-24-2015, 09:31 AM.

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    • #3
      I purchased an iPad Air (16) a couple of months ago and quickly realized that I should have got one with more memory. I think the 64 Gb is a good choice.

      Auria is my choice for a DAW although it does not do MIDI other than sync. I use mSequencer for MIDI and it syncs up with Auria quite nicely. IK Mulltimedia has some nice software synths and I use iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano - both are large programs but they sound very good and have great dynamic response. For mastering, I found that Final Touch works quite well and is easy to use.

      Animoog, Magellan, Sunrizer and iProfit are my current favourite synths and Galileo is a fantastic Hammond Organ emulator that lets me play guitar through its Leslie speaker emulation. I also recommend Geo Synth as an alternative to the conventional piano keyboard - it takes advantage of the touch screen interface of the iPad and can be used to trigger other synths.

      For guitar I prefer BIAS and Jam Up Pro to Amplitube (although I really like Amplitube on my MacBook). To get my guitar into the iPad I use iRig HD and, using Apple's Camera Connection Kit (basically just a USB adaptor) with a powered USB hub to connect an AudioBox 1818VSL to the iPad as an Audio/MIDI interface. I would recommend checking out the AudioBox iOne or iTwo which connect directly to the lightening port on the iPad and I'm quite interested in the Focusrite iTrack Dock.

      I'm using DrumJam, DrumsLive and iTabla Pro for percussion. They work for me but there are many other choices out there.

      AudioBus is like a software patch bay and most audio apps are compatible. It allows you to run multiple synths and emulators at the same time and patch them into effects and DAWs etc..



      Here is a cover song I recorded on a Yamaha AW4416 a few years ago with a friend. When I put Auria on my iPad I took the 16 raw audio tracks from the recording, loaded them into my iPad and mixed the song, complete with plugin compressors, EQ and effects on Auria and mastered the track with Final Touch.

      The shaker and tambourine were from our original recording but the kick and snare are from DrumsLive and were played in real time on the iPad and recorded to two tracks in Auria prior to mixing.

      https://app.box.com/s/f6jibhahaakswrnhh79pmbqmymhqi9u4



      Last edited by onelife; 02-24-2015, 04:09 PM.
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      from the deepest hell to the highest states.

      It is up to you which one you choose to explore
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      • #4
        Let's see... what are some of the music related apps on my iPad?

        AmpliTube
        GarageBand
        iMPC
        iPolysix
        Audiobus
        Tabletop
        iStrobosoft
        Z3TA+
        Genelec Speaker Angle
        AC-7 Core HD (DAW control surface)
        iSEM
        Korg Module
        iProphet
        Music Tool
        Guitar Toolkit
        iMini

        If I didn't like them, they wouldn't be on there. I have an older first-gen iPad Mini with a limited 16GB memory... which explains why I really haven't done a lot of hard core recording with it via something like Auria - I am a dinosaur and stick to using a laptop for serious remote recording tasks, although I know there are folks out there with newer, faster iPads with more memory who love recording with the iPad.

        As far as iPad vs Android tablets, I'm sticking with an iPad - at least for the time being. Androids have (or at least had) some issues (uch as high latency) that make them more challenging to use for audio and MIDI production, which is probably why you don't see nearly as many music apps for them.
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        • #5
          I have the Audio Control SPL meter, Pitchlab tuner. and Keuwl spectrum analyzer apps on my Android phone.
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          • #6
            OnSong is my all-time favorite. I have over 3,000 chord/lyrics charts in there. No more 3-ring binders or fake books for me.
            Michael D. www.mdlmusic.webs.com "I'm tired of rock-and-rolling Let's get married, Honey, let's go bowling" --Martin Mull

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            • #7
              Thank you all, now it's research time to see which of these toys (tools to the IRS) I want.

              I'll probably continue to use my laptop for my DAW, I've got so much hooked up to it it would be a back step to start again.

              I wonder if I can get MIDI Into the iPad and use it as a soft synth

              Thanks again,
              Notes
              Bob "Notes" Norton
              Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
              Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box
              The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MDLMUSIC View Post
                OnSong is my all-time favorite. I have over 3,000 chord/lyrics charts in there. No more 3-ring binders or fake books for me.


                So far that's all I've used on my iPad Air. But it almost makes the pad purchase worth it.

                it does exactly what it's supposed to. Good interface.



                ive been meaning to get GarageBand, but I'm really lazy about recording stuff.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Notes_Norton View Post
                  I wonder if I can get MIDI Into the iPad and use it as a soft synth
                  Yes you can.

                  You can get the Apple Camera Connection Kit which is a USB interface. I use a M-Audio Axiom keyboard and a Yamaha CP5 with a USB hub via the Kit and it works fine.

                  There are also some keyboards with the Lightning interface (IK Multimedia has one) that can plug directly in. IK Multimedia, among many others, also has audio/MIDI interfaces that plug directly in.

                  http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products...w.php?C=mobile

                  http://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-i-Series




                  Last edited by onelife; 02-25-2015, 05:13 PM.
                  As a human being, you come with the whole range of inner possibilities
                  from the deepest hell to the highest states.

                  It is up to you which one you choose to explore
                  .

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                  • #10
                    The Amplitube app is only 19.99 so I'm assuming it's not the same as the Amplitube computer program?

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                    • #11
                      Can't wait until it arrives.

                      BTW, it comes with a lightning to USB cable, will that work to hook up a MIDI keyboard? I guess I'll find out. If I need to buy the camera kit, I checked them out and they don't cost that much.

                      Thanks again,
                      Bob
                      Bob "Notes" Norton
                      Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
                      Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box
                      The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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                      • #12
                        The iPad arrived, it looks well built, and the display is nice - of course I expect this from Apple.

                        It's not difficult to get around in, it's like my 'droid phone with slightly different motions to do the same things.

                        I ran across this http://www.shiverware.com/musixpro/ and it looks like fun. Anyone try it? Is it worth 10 bucks?

                        Thanks
                        Bob "Notes" Norton
                        Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
                        Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box
                        The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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                        • #13
                          Auria. It's my DAW of choice.
                          He has escaped! Youtube , ‚ÄčMurika , France

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Notes_Norton View Post
                            Can't wait until it arrives.

                            BTW, it comes with a lightning to USB cable, will that work to hook up a MIDI keyboard? I guess I'll find out. If I need to buy the camera kit, I checked them out and they don't cost that much.

                            Thanks again,
                            Bob

                            The Lightning to USB cable that comes with the iPad goes in the other direction (you can connect it to your computer with the computer acting as the host) so it will not work with a MIDI keyboard.

                            You need the Camera Connection Kit which goes in the opposite direction so your iPad can act as the host for the MIDI keyboard.




                            Last edited by onelife; 02-28-2015, 01:39 PM.
                            As a human being, you come with the whole range of inner possibilities
                            from the deepest hell to the highest states.

                            It is up to you which one you choose to explore
                            .

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                            • #15
                              Thanks. Looks like that will be my next purchase.

                              Bob
                              Bob "Notes" Norton
                              Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
                              Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box
                              The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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