The Flow of IOS Audio at an Early Phase of the Revolution

Nick Batt and Gaz Williams issued the most thought provoking edition so far, in their ongoing IOS audio series, Sonic Touch, May 14.

It’s titled Session Interruptus. It will interest anybody who is using IOS devices to create music, and no doubt most such persons have not only viewed the video but have already encountered work flow problems. Frustrated, Nick and Gaz drill into the challenge.

(Sonic State at YouTube)

The iPad, released in 2010, and gone through four generations, is not designed, in the sense of being ‘through-designed,’ for the purpose of creating music. Shall I gleefully specify the hardware functionalities that need to be improved and better integrated? (No.)

There will never be specialized iPads for audio production. There are plenty of comment threads around roiling with discussions about whether or not IOS and Idevices are professional grade or otherwise are deemed worthy, or not, for serious music creation. The severest denigrations of the various platforms all seem to reference their being too much like toys.

I’m an avocational music creator so I count my sense of the landscape to be relevant only to me. Yet, my sense is simple and my experience with professional musicians suggests many would feel the same way. What is useful and what brings unique possibilities to my creative tool box? I’ll take up any tool I discover to be useful and unique.

I’m very taken with the possibilities which exist nowadays because the sum of a lot of brilliant engineering has been brought to bear on the refinement of the touch interface, and, on tablet-based audio production. We’re still at the beginning of the revolution.

Thank goodness for Audiobus, delivered to work around the sandbox. And MIDI, via Core-MIDI IOS services, is more essential to my workflow than is Audiobus. I lean heavily on MIDI’s light serial and instruction footprint.

My 3rd Gen. iPad is easy to overload. Its limitations are well-known to me and rarely cause me frustration. The touch screen paradigm is wondrous at the same time the iPad touch screen is not impressively responsive.

As for workflow, my own take is blunt: by plugging the iPad and iPhone into a mixing boardf or directly into the laptop’s external I/O my own workflow is largely implemented without hassles. This isn’t a work around, it takes advantage of the laptop’s greater versatility and much speedier hardware.

Workflow in my production environment is largely focused on how tools are advantaged by making direct connections to processing power. Nick and Gaz attempted an experiment only to discover they did not have enough processing power in their workflow. 

One cannot have too much processing power!


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