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  • Using bus-powered hardware MIDI controllers with iPad apps

    There are some really amazing iPad apps, including some really impressive recreations of vintage synths, and some cool new modern ones too. But playing the onscreen keyboard found in most apps is less than a satisfying musical experience IMHO - at least compared to using a real hardware controller. But iPads are not powerful enough to power most bus-powered controllers - do you have to give up mobility if you want to use such a controller with your iPad while you're out and about?

    The answer is no. Click here to find out how to do it.

    If you use iPad virtual instruments, what are you using as a controller? Do you usually use the onscreen virtual keyboard, or are you using something else?
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    Interesting idea. I am not sure I would be in a situation that I would go this route, but its a neat idea... more possibilities is always better.
    Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

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      Originally posted by MikeyParent View Post
      Interesting idea. I am not sure I would be in a situation that I would go this route, but its a neat idea... more possibilities is always better.
      Thanks for checking it out Mike!

      It's not for everyone. If you have a self-powered controller, it's a non-issue and the article will be of little use to you. However, if you have a bus-powered controller, the tips in the article will allow you to use it with your iPad... and for those who like to compose while sitting under a tree at the local park, or while sitting on a beach somewhere, this will allow them to do it, even though there are no nearby AC outlets.
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      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

      - George Carlin

      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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