I don't want to be too melodramatic, but I just came across this: http://www.iconnectivity.com/iConnectMIDI2plus
obviously not a finished product just yet, but the specs seem fairly clear. Not sure I
understand all of the possibilities, but the two main capabilities quoted from the page
1) "allows for more than one computing device to access the same MIDI
resources. This is useful in many ways such as, sending midi from a controller or synth to
daw and an iOS device simultaneously, setting up redundancy in a live MIDI environment,
sending MIDI from multiple computing devices to one another, and more."
"Audio Pass-through. This patent pending technology is integral to using iOS, and multiple
computing devices (Mac, PC, and iOS) in a professional environment by enabling the devices
to pass not only MIDI data but also audio data from device to device. There are many
practical applications for this technology, for example now musicians can use a DAW on
their MAC or PC to control a virtual instrument or other music making program on their iOS
or other computing device (PC, MAC, iOS) and send the MIDI data as well as audio data back
to the DAW without extra cables, or signal degradation or additional analog to digital
So it looks like one USB cable from the DAW, and a second from the
iPad, would allow the DAW to have MIDI and audio connection with apps like AniMoog, iMS20,
Why do this, rather than stick with VSTi's? Some great synths
are only available as apps (eg Animoog) plus the touch interface throws up a lot of
interesting possibilities with well-programmed apps. Possible disadvantages: only one
instance per App and probably only a small number of apps running simultaneously,
depending on their demands on the iPad.
It also suggests that transferring
"song note pad" ideas from the iPad, to be finished in the DAW, will now be much easier,
assuming (MIDI) sync of audio tracks.
And to conclude, it looks like the price
will be reasonable: MSRP $89.99, KVR suggests a street price of $69.99, so £??.??
Since I got hold of an iPad, I haven't considered it to be a replacement for
DAWs/VSTs, but an alternative way of playing with musical ideas. The prospect of now
linking them together - effectively - is really very exciting.