Many people discount the iPad’s ability to create something useful like illustrations, videos or even music. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned musician, you can use a plethora of hardware and apps to create a unique sound with your iPad.
Create Digital Music shot a very useful video that breaks down the basics of using MIDI equipment with the iPad and how to connect your older gear through a USB interface. While the iPad is an extremely portable music making powerhouse, it can be encumbered with cables and other gear. The iPad supports MIDI input and output through Apple’s Camera Connection kit or the Line 6 Midi Mobilizer. Other MIDI interfaces that don’t require custom drivers can be used with the iPad to connect Synthesizers and other hardware.
Companies like AKAI sell a hardware 49-key MIDI controller called the SynthStation 49. AKAI’s Synth Station iOS App interfaces with the iPad and controller. If you’re looking for a more portable solution, AKAI’s LPK25 USB keyboard can connect to the iPad via USB allowing you to create music through Apps that support CoreMIDI. If you want to forget the hardware and go pure software, ReBirth for iOS emulates the Roland TB-303 Bass synthTR-808 and 909 drum machines.
Companies like IK Multimedia are pushing the iPad’s music creation abilities through gear like the Amplitube iRig. IK Multimedia’s iRig hardware dongle and iOS App connect your iPad and guitar together giving you access to effects and cabinets without the need to lug any other hardware.
Despite hardware clutter, the iPad can become a Synthesizer, Guitar, Drum or even a Mic through a quick App change.