Tutorial: using the Ipad as an external effect processor with your gear
Here's a brief guide on how to use your ipad as an effect processor with your hardware gear, in this case I'll be talking about sampler as they can more well, sample, but nothing can stop you from using this between your synth and your other audiocard or in an insert/return on your soundcard/mixer.
Note: If you're already using the soundcard to record to your daw, you will need a different one to connect to your Ipad.
This is not the only way, I'm sure there can be other way, this is just the way that works the best with me.
Ok, with that out of the way, let's go!
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
- External soundcard, externally powered or that can be powered by an Ipad (Bonus point if it has multiple ins/outs and midi). I use a K-mix for this as it has great routing flexibility but I also tried with a cheap Behringer UCA 222.
- Audio cables
- A hardware synth/sampler/drum machine as source of all sounds
- Ipad with either AUM or Audio Bus 3
- Some Ios effects
- Connect the soundcard to the ipad with the camera connection kit or similar
- Connect the output of your sampler to the input of the soundcard
- Connect the output of the soundcard to the inputs of your sampler/mixer/recording device
- Launch AUM or Audio bus
- Select the input from your sound card (In my case I have the MPC on input 3/4 and the Analog 4 on 5/6 so I can quickly change the routing and use the A4 as effects processor too)
- Select the right output on your soundcard (Usually the main output)
- Add all the effects you want.
My favourite use for this technique is resampling, I set a 100% wet send from the MPC to a reverb/distortion/modulation effect, resample on the MPC, normalise and trim the file then add it back to the original sound as an additional layer, mixing it in at the volume I need.
Alternative if you have a nice compressor, you can resample your layered sounds or loops.
Or adding distortion to synths/loops, mangling stuff up.
If your soundcard has midi, off course you can sync delays and sequence effects.
Long story short, you can use this in the same way as you would use any hardware effect unit.