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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Mar-18 > THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO IOS MUSIC PRODUCTION


Making music on the move has long been a reality with your iPad and iPhone and now the iOS format can integrate perfectly with your recording studio – so here’s MusicTech’s Essential Guide to iOS music production…


Music making on iPad and iPhone has matured into something of an equal partner in the recording studio. At one time, the music-gear industry saw iOS music production as the future, the platform on which we would all be swiping, pinching and expanding our music making and on that platform alone. Yet, instead of that, the iPad and iPhone (and we’re focusing on iOS, although much will be relevant to Android and Windows devices, too) have become additions to the studio rather than replacing it.

Producers tend to use their iOS devices as instruments in their own right, or as controllers. Sure, you can make music completely on an iPad/Phone and we detailed a lot of the all-in-one sequencers that can do just that last time around (and see the boxout on the following page for more on those) – but generally speaking, there are perhaps more people who use their iDevice as an integral part of music making, rather than as the sole option.


This time around, then, we’re going to look a how to integrate your iOS device into your current studio setup, but in several different ways. Firstly, we’ll explore the physical interface options that help link your iPad to the outside world. In this way, you can use your iDevice for anything, including the main DAW for song creation with external instruments – synth, vocal, guitar or whatever – plugged in via the interface. This will also cover your needs for that other option: to simply use your iPad or iPhone to play sounds, beats and instruments, perhaps recording them into your main desktop DAW.

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About MusicTech

Now settled into 2018 we look ahead to the future of music. With NAMM 2018 behind us we had a chance to ponder on the many new and exciting pieces of tech we saw and their impact on music creation. In this issue, we bring you our annual show report, containing info on all the latest tech that you can expect to get your hands on in 2018. In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, our lead interview highlights the work of the legendary technological pioneers at the Bell Labs and their collaboration with artist Beatie Wolfe. Their augmented reality, 3D work Raw Space reimagines the album as a multi-sensory, immersive experience. We also speak to Aki Mäkivirta from Genelec about the advanced tech at the heart of the award-winning The Ones monitors. Elsewhere this issue, we have a guide to taking your mixes to the stage, our usual tips and tutorials and an expanded reviews section. We hope you enjoy the issue…