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Looking for advice for my intended ipad setup
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:21 am    Post subject: Looking for advice for my intended ipad setup
Subject description: Just need some assistance making sure I'm looking at the right gear.
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So I recently bought an ipad with the intention of using it as sort of the brain of my music setup. I want to be able to get a setup that is open ended enough to allow for expansion, as well as hook in many inputs in a live setting.

So my endgame is to be able to run audio instruments, vocals, midi instruments, and drum pads/samplers through the ipad. I'm looking preferably for gear that is catered towards the ipad in some me way with accompanying apps. This is not completely necessary of course if the setup still functions as intended. It would also be nice to know some good software/apps that could assist. I'm looking to be able to run this all through a looping program and most likely have a few preset samples to trigger at points during shows. As well as fx processors and such.

I have been looking around and don't want to just start dropping cash without getting some advice from people who know more than I do about all this.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:59 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for advice for my intended ipad setup
Subject description: Just need some assistance making sure I'm looking at the right gear.
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JStro wrote:
So I recently bought an ipad with the intention of using it as sort of the brain of my music setup. I want to be able to get a setup that is open ended enough to allow for expansion, as well as hook in many inputs in a live setting.

So my endgame is to be able to run audio instruments, vocals, midi instruments, and drum pads/samplers through the ipad. I'm looking preferably for gear that is catered towards the ipad in some me way with accompanying apps. This is not completely necessary of course if the setup still functions as intended. It would also be nice to know some good software/apps that could assist. I'm looking to be able to run this all through a looping program and most likely have a few preset samples to trigger at points during shows. As well as fx processors and such.

I have been looking around and don't want to just start dropping cash without getting some advice from people who know more than I do about all this.


To add audio inputs to the iPad, you will need the following:

Camera Connector - This adds a USB port to the iPad

Class Compliant USB Audio Interface - You plug this into the Camera Connector. You then plug your mic and other instruments into the interface. Either get an interface with the number of inputs to match what you need, or get an interface with two inputs plus an external mixer in front. This is a good list to look at: http://www.auriaapp.com/Support/auria-audio-interfaces

To loop on iPad, take a look at Loopy HD. To route audio into Loopy HD, get Audiobus.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thank you for your reply. I already have audiobus, loopy, some fx processors and all that. I was wondering more along the lines of a good keyboard/pad controller midi combo unit that would work well with a live ipad setup. Something that can trigger loops, create and loop beats live, and still have the keyboard controller as well. It seems I've come to a decent setup idea. With the focus rite Scarlett 6i6 as the interface. Just a solid pad/keyboard midi combo for a live setup would be nice.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

JStro wrote:
... a solid pad/keyboard midi combo for a live setup would be nice.


There are quite a few MIDI controllers out there. I've not yet heard of any that are ones to avoid. It depends on your personal preferences. My favorite is the Clavia Nord Modular G2X. Comes with a free polyphonic modular synth too. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

JStro wrote:
Thank you for your reply. I already have audiobus, loopy, some fx processors and all that. I was wondering more along the lines of a good keyboard/pad controller midi combo unit that would work well with a live ipad setup. Something that can trigger loops, create and loop beats live, and still have the keyboard controller as well. It seems I've come to a decent setup idea. With the focus rite Scarlett 6i6 as the interface. Just a solid pad/keyboard midi combo for a live setup would be nice.


Among other iPad users I've seen some interest in Korg's new Taktile controllers (keyboards w/ pads). Some versions come with the Triton (Korg's best selling workstation ever) synth engine built-in. A lot of people also use M-Audio, Novation, Akai... all your usual commonly found stuff.

My own plan is to wait for the CME XKeys 37 to be released, because it has polyphonic aftertouch - would be great for taking advantage of IOS synths that support it (Nave, Animoog, etc.), as well as some hardware synths that I have that can respond to it but their keyboards cannot generate it.

There's a FB group called IOS Musician and the Audiobus forum if you want to research more options and opinions.

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