The iPad – the latest form of music creation?
If you follow the EDM scene and like learning about the production methods employed by everyone from Guetta to Deadmau5, you’ll know that a lot of software has started appearing on the iTunes store, designed for Apple’s iPad tablet. Although this may sound like a simplified approach to music creation, you’d be foolish to think so.
Everyone from Roland to Korg has been producing software for the platform, from a Roland drum machine collection to an incredible visualized Korg MS-20 complete with sequencer and dual Kaoss pads. Not too shabby at (currently) $32.99 USD, especially given that it’s a full Korg setup at a price that won’t mean no concerts, no foxy bingo and no food for the next two months!
Now, they’re fantastic for crafting beats in the comfort of your own studio, or perhaps even while you’re on the move. But where they’ll really come into their own is at live performances, when (if you’re doing well for yourself) you can have several running at once and just use the slick touch-screen method of interaction to tweak things and mix things up a little bit to keep it fresh when you’re performing for a crowd.
However, using them to actually learn how to craft EDM might not be a bad idea either – being able to put things together and take them apart at the tap of a screen is going to be really useful for EDM production newbies as well as the veterans of the art form. The Korg app, for example, might confuse those new to synthesisers, at first, but it’s a good way to get a handle on the complex method of crafting great tunes. If you’ve got an iPad, it’s worth checking some of this stuff out – we may even see an iPad-only set performed one day.