According to the developer, “No longer does it feel like a software emulation of a hardware device, it’s now a real, practical alternative to expensive hardware controllers.
The AC-7 Core HD takes full advantage of the power of newer iOS 6 iPad models, and is designed with controls large enough to be comfortably used on the iPad Mini.
For users of the first generation iPad, the original “AC-7 Core” app is still available.
- Wireless MIDI connections can be handled in-app, so there’s no need to go into your computer settings each time you use it.
- An optional Latency Reduction setting keeps network latency as low as possible and reduces the likelihood of dropped connections.
- Knobs, faders, buttons and meters react smoothly, quickly and realistically… no matter how heavy the MIDI workload.
- The advanced control buttons visible in the app can be customised by simply scrolling button sets left and right. Of course your settings will be remembered for future use.
There are custom button layouts for:
- Apple’s Logic Pro
- MOTU’s Digital Performer (version 7 or newer)
- Cubase / Nuendo
- Cakewalk Sonar
- Cockos Reaper
- Ableton Live
- Sony Vegas
- Presonus StudioOne
- Adobe Audition
- Mackie Tracktion
- Final Cut Pro (versions prior to Final Cut Pro X)
Any software with support for the “MCU” or “HUI” protocols should work, too.
Note: It was not possible for the developer to offer the iOS6 version as a free update to owners of the original AC-7 Core app, because a large part of their user base is using the first generation iPad (which can’t be upgraded to iOS6), and could lose the ability to run the app if they e.g. updated through iTunes.
The developer is offering the new version for $2.99 for the first month after release to enable existing users to upgrade cheaply.