Using your iPad for live music performance; a starter kit for the performing iOS keyboard player

As with the starter kit for guitar/bass players, let's take the term 'performing' here in its broadest sense; any keyboard-playing musician who wants to use the iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) as a sound source. Again, the 'performance' itself might just personal practice, rehearsal/jamming with band mates or, for the more adventurous, in a live performance in front of paying punters. The first of these is perhaps a less demanding and less difficult ambition while the last requires you to be very … [Read more...]

Music App Blog article – The Ideal iPad Audio Interface?

There is no doubting the potential of the iPad as platform for musicians, whether it is simply for music app utilities (e.g. Guitar Toolkit, V-Control Pro) or as a sound source (synths such Animoog or iMS-20 or guitar amp sims such as AmpliTube or AmpKit+). Equally, if you are happy with synths and sampled sounds, apps such as NanoStudio, SynthStation or iElectribe demonstrate it can also be a brilliant compositional and music production tool. However, if you want to get into full musical … [Read more...]

Music App Blog news – Mobile Keys by Line 6

Line 6 have announced a new pair of MIDI keyboards that should be of interest to those making music on an iPhone, iPod or iPad - or indeed, if you also use a PC or Mac - as the Mobile Key 25 and Mobile Keys 49 both have connectivity options that allows you to use them with all these platforms. As the names suggest, the two keyboards feature 25 and 49 keys respectively and these are both full size and velocity sensitive. Both also feature pitch and mod wheels plus volume and pan knobs and buttons … [Read more...]