iPad Music Creativity.
The iPad for music creativity.
I will move to the iPad for music creativity in 2017. I have not purchased any hardware machines for over 10 years now and it looks like I won’t be purchasing anything this year either.
I am just not impressed with any of the latest hardware that is available or for the last 5 years. All I see is strange limitations in design that leave me shaking my head as to why such limitations exist. While I watch the iOS environment grow and move into areas that eclipse hardware in many new ways.
It is clear to me that it is a better pathway to purchase a couple of iPads and controllers and build my own unique Live environment for playing music. It is far cheaper this way and also better support as well as innovation.
I have always used hardware synth, samplers and drum machines for creating and playing Techno live on stage. I have always been happy to work around the limitations on hardware equipment and much of these limitations were perhaps mitigated by the perception of playing a bunch of hardware on stage; the ‘cool’ factor I guess.
At the moment I find that I would like to upgrade my current music setup and as I look around at what is on offer in terms of hardware I am finding that I am just not that impressed by what is available at the moment.
The gear is either made on a cheap price point (Korg Volca) or extremely overpriced (Elektron) but with very questionable limitations and support. I see too many “I wanna be the 909/808 replacement you have been waiting for” or “…I am analog and so I am cool now”. I was really ready to get into the Elektron sand-pit but after reading the horror stories I simply cannot part with that much cash for something that has questionable UI or support.
So I am finding that I keep coming back to the iPad/iOS environment and see that this realm has a much brighter future due to the nature of the operating systems and hardware foundations.
If I look at the latest Akai MPC X I see an iPad with a midi controller but with just one app installed. So why don’t I build my own iOS version of the MPC X using an iPad, midi controller, audio sound card and hundreds of potential apps?
This is what I am going to do. I have used an iPad, LaunchControlXL and AUM to create my dream mixer environment that is unique and in constant improvement, so, now I will replace each of my machines with an iPad and create my own Electribe, Octatrack, Rytm or MPC X. I figure that for the cost of just the MPC X I can build two iPad ‘machines’. Just the thought of using an iPad and Korg Gadget along with a controller would blow away any hardware currently available.