iPad Air 2 Now As Fast As A Laptop – So Where Are The ‘Desktop-Class’ Music Apps?

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Apple recently introduced the iPad Air 2. While initial reviews call it ‘the best iPad ever’, many also note that the improvements are ones that most people won’t notice.

“The problem was this.” writes Walt Mossberg, “The new model didn’t seem faster or smoother while running all my apps, perhaps because — like most people — I don’t use my iPad for the most demanding video-editing apps or high-end games.”

For people that do run demanding apps, though – like mobile musicians – the latest iPad offers impressive performance gains. It blows away earlier iPads and other tablets.

Initial benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 to be 16 times faster than the original iPad, which was released about 4 years ago:

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Saitara Software Intros AC-X iPad Remote For Logic Pro X

ac-x-logic-pro-remoteSaitara Software has introduced AC-X, a 16 channel wireless control surface for Apple’s Logic Pro X and other recording/mixing systems.

The app uses the industry standard MCU protocol, so should work with most recording/mixing software out there (but not Pro Tools yet). For the initial release, the control panel button layout is set up for Logic Pro X, but the developer says that the main mixing screen should work with most other systems. Continue reading

Laplace Resonator Synthesizer Review & Demo

The latest episode of Tim Webb’s ‘Let’s Play With….’ video series takes a look at iceGear’s new software synth, Laplace.

Laplace is a physical-modeling synthesizer, based on resonator synthesis, that makes it easy to create bowed string, plucked string, blown pipe and metallic sounds. Continue reading

Modular Interface For iPad

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Modulares Interface B.A. is a physical interface for iPad, created by Interaction Designer Florian Born, that uses knobs, buttons and sliders to provide precision and haptic feedback when operating a digital interface.

The project is a design concept meant to explore ways to bring more haptic feedback to iPad controllers.

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