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Surface Pro 4

They’re advertising it on TV as the trendy new device for making tunes anywhere. But Microsoft’s latest

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Surface Pro 4 combined with Bitwig’s latest Studio software is revolutionising DAW control and the music-production experience. This really could be the future of music making…

Part 1

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Future DAW production: Part 1

We all know that touch technology is the future of music production, right? Okay, it was the future of music production a few years back, when Apple’s iOS technology hit home and everyone – and we mean everyone, us included – jumped on the touch bandwagon and rolled to the hills to make music with our new portable devices.

However, the future has an annoying habit of shifting slightly sideways as we step towards it, or in the case of interstellar space travel, simply constantly running away from us as we approach it (good on you, Stephen Hawking). In music-production circles, no sooner had we all jumped on that iOS bandwagon, than along came lots of exciting hardware in all shapes and forms to ground us in back in a tactile reality– and some would argue to drag us backwards, but that’s another feature.

Everyone, and we mean everyone, has jumped on the iOS bandwagon at one time, and for many musicians it is a great platform, but it’s simply not powerful enough to run with the big guys… yet

Don’t get us wrong, Apple’s touch technology has taken off big time and there are a gazillion great apps for doing many, many studio tasks. But for DAW music production – and that is, being very snobby, proper DAW production, as in the big ones: Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Live etc – the vast majority of us are still using laptops, desktops, tabletops and big monitors to make music. Yes, there’s Gadget, yes, there’s Auria and yes, there are versions of those DAWs for iPad (Cubase being a brilliant example). But until Apple brings out a decent touch-screen Mac, or the iPad Pro starts using the latest desktop OS (which we can’t see happening– famous last words), then Logic touch control will be left up to third parties such as Steven Slate to deal with. Touch-screen MacBook Pros are rumoured, by the way, but aren’t they always?

Placidus Schelbert explains why Bitwig developed for the Surface platform
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The new issue of MusicTech magazine is on sale Thursday May 19th, and this month we bring you a glimpse of a dynamic new touchy-feely music making future in our whopping cover feature looking at getting literally hands-on with your music. Also we bring you 6 ways to create a cool studio, 6 of the best mixers, the latest reviews, tutorials for every major DAW and a sad farewell to the Moog Voyager…