Using the iPad as Wireless MIDI Controller
|By AMIR SAID (SA'ID)|
Continuing their support of the electronic music production community, computer and hi-tech electronics maker Apple has added MIDI control functionality to the capabilities arsenal of their recently launched iPad. Upon first hearing the news, I envisioned such usage of the iPad in a mobile setting. However, the various videos that I've seen thus far detail the iPad in use as a MIDI controller within a static studio setting.
So does iPad's bonus power mean that some beatmakers will replace their favorite keyboard/drum pad MIDI controllers with the iPad? Probably not. But for users of the Logic DAW (also by Apple), the iPad just might come in handy. In the videos below, both by electronic music producer and all-around tech guy Noe Ruiz (@Ecken on Twitter), the iPad is used similar to how Digidesign's table top (non-rackmount) hardware interface works with its Pro Tools software. The first video is really a demo of the iPad at work, and I must say, it looks quite impressive. The second video is more of the "nuts and bolts" of how to set up the iPad to work with Logic.
For educational purposes...
Making Music with the iPad, video via videopixil
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