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Old 08-28-2016, 05:02 PM   #1
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The dedicated iOS thread: best apps and production tips

All,

I know that many here have integrated an iPad into their setup and I am sure you all have some favorites when it comes to apps, best ways to integrate the iPad, using control surfaces, using the iPad to control hard and/or soft synths, and some other useful tips. So, let's start putting them together here.

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Old 08-28-2016, 06:43 PM   #2
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Re: The dedicated iOS thread: best apps and production tips

I primarily use iPad for synths, my favorites are:

iSem by Arturia
Korg M1
and Vogel CMI (a Farlight CMI emulator)

I use an iConnect 4+ interface for all of my HW midi gear and use the USB port to send midi to iPad, as well as have build an Aggregated Device in MacOS to allow for use of both the iConnect and MOTU 828 simultaneously. I am able to sequence the iPad in Ableton and digitally track the audio output.

The only kicker is the latency, I just keep in mind that everything is going to track in a bit late, so i warp the first downbeat of whatever my sequence is to get it all back in line.

I started relying on the Korg M1 so much that I opted to buy the AU, it just made more sense for automation and instant recall of songs where I wasnt ready to commit my sequences to Audio.

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Old 08-28-2016, 07:15 PM   #3
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Re: The dedicated iOS thread: best apps and production tips

I kinda have a 2 tier way of doing it.
1, use patterning to sequence drum apps (pretty much only ruismaker and ruismaker fm these days) and audiobus to keep it to play in time with link to gadget. I am also sequencing isem from patterning, all in AUM.
That will all eventually get sampled into the hardware.
Then 2 : sequence synths from mpc for now to go along with the mpc and octatrack.
Eventually I want to add more midi options so I can choose the sequence synths from any source (mpc, octatrack or live).
Best apps IMO:
Patterning
Both Ruismakers
iSEM
Animoog
Thor
iM1
Nave

A few more and a bunch of effects, mostly AUx effects.
I got cubasis but I find it is missing a few important things for me to really use a lot, mostly link sync right now.

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Re: The dedicated iOS thread: best apps and production tips

I use Korg gadget a lot and ModStep is a brilliant midi sequencer.
My latest fun sampler is Strom for IPad, fast sampling, basic editing, slicing and a few playback options, ressmple and create new sounds immediately. Fastest shit ever. You can upgrade and send the samples straight to Analog Rytm, together with lots of editing functions but haven't gotten it yet.

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Re: The dedicated iOS thread: best apps and production tips

At the moment I'm mostly using the iPad as a sampler/drum machine. I'm using patterning for drums and vocal chops. It is slaved to the A4 via MIDI and I'm using the keyboard buttons on the A4 as mute buttons for the mixer tracks in Patterning.

I like iM1 and Sunrizer (basic subtractive synth, but has really nice tone over all and low CPU usage). I have PPG Wave, but I honestly don't understand how to use it at all.

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Re: The dedicated iOS thread: best apps and production tips

I play with Soundprism a lot on my phone when I get a little free time at work. It's easy to mess around with melodic structures.

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