Has the iPad made digital synths obsolete?
That’s the question raised by a recent MatrixSynth post:
All digital synths are software based. I’ve stopped lusting after them ever since I picked the first gen iPad and Sunrizer and compared it with my Roland JP-8000.
I picked up the JP-8000 new for about $1100 back when it came out. I picked up Sunrizer when it was called Horizon Synth for $4.99. $4.99 for a full blown VA and it sounds great.
You can’t replicate analog, so maybe we will see more of that. As for full blown digital, I can see each having it’s flagship synth for the pro musician on the road, a flagship controller for the iPad, and apps to go along with it.
I think there will always be an audience for each, but there is no denying the iPad has become the new breed of digital hardware synthesis.
This echoes predictions we made when the iPad was introduced:
The iPad will be immediately useful as a musical tool, because it runs countless existing iPhone apps.
As developers adapt their apps to the larger real estate, though, the Apple iPad will come into its own as a new platform for music.
Since then, we’ve seen reaction to our iPad-related posts evolve from complete rejection (aka, the rename the site to ‘apptopia’ comments), to skepticism with interest, to many readers embracing it as new platform for music. And posts related to iPad music apps, including Animoog, Auria, PPG Wavegenerator and Magellan, have been some of our most actively discussed recent stories.
Do you think there’s a bigger trend here? Interest in analog synths is going strong as ever, but readers seem to be less excited about recent digital synth keyboards.
Has the iPad made digital synth keyboard obsolete? Are powerhouse VSTi’s to blame? Or do digital synth keyboard manufacturers just need to up their game?