iPad music production apps: Music meets multitouch

We take a brief look into what the iPad can do for you and your music.

For the Serious Musician

So far, the iPad definitely shows its potential in its virtual instruments department, but what about those of us who already music production software?

AC-7 Pro ($10; iTunes link) is a virtual mixing console that works wirelessly with Logic Pro or Pro Tools.

AC-7 Pro uses multitouch technology to bring back the "feel" of using faders to manage your mixes instead of a mouse and keyboard or a MIDI controller.

Given that you will have already spent at least $400 on the iPad itself, pitching in an extra $10 to get this kind of "control" (no pun intended) really doesn't seem so bad -- especially when you take into consideration the fact that professional hardware mixers can easily reach thousands of dollars.

DJing on iPad

Mixr is a turntable app currently under development. It features two "turntable decks" side-by-side with a crossfader in the middle. Interacting with mixr will be the same like using actual vinyls in that you can spin the records back and forth and move the crossfader to cut and mix between tracks. You'll also be able to cue tracks to create and record your own mixes.

Mixr will include a few built-in effects as well. You'll be able to switch between Delay/Echo, Distortion, EQ, and Auto Filter controls.

You'll also be able to create your own custom "DJ crate" (i.e. song library) for easy access to your tracks. This mimics thee days of sorting through your vinyls in your milk crates (or sorting through your CD wallets for all your CDJ users out there).

Unfortunately, it appears that Mixr is still in development, so no price announcement has been made yet (though you can stay up-to-date by filling out the form on Mixr's site). That's okay though, just think of it as an opportunity to save up for the price of both an iPad and Mixr while you're waiting for it to finish.

I use turntables, but even I have to admit that this seems like a pretty cool application. For small house or dorm parties, Mixr could be worth it--if the price is right.

As harsh of an iPad critic I was, now that I see its potential as far as music production is concerned I've changed my opinion a bit. Let's see what happens next. We'll leave up to you developers and users out there!

Now go forth and make music with your new toys tools! See you at the next level!

GeekTech blogger David Saetang is a slave to the books by day, and a musical journeyman by night. Follow GeekTech on Twitter or Facebook.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags musiciPad

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

David Saetang

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?