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Macbook vs iPad
I will buy both in the end, but its more of a question of which to buy first...
I will be using either for doing some light word processing, a little bit of recording and controlling of DAWs and some web design stuff thrown in there
I already have an iMac to do all of the heavy work and it is my main recording station. It is just the portability that I need, and like I said, I will be buying both, I just need some advice as to which one to buy first
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iPads are more for consumption than creation and as good as they are, they are no replacement for a laptop!
If as you say you are looking to do web design stuff, the MacBook is definitely the one to go for first.
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When you say web design, are you talking online or using an application? Either way it's easier to have resources available on the MacBook and upload them either via the online app or using something like Transmit.
Likewise I find word processing a little clunky on the iPad relative to the MacBook, but this is related to the level of sophistication you require. Same with recording.
Remember a MacBook will do everything an iPad will do, but an iPad will not do everything a MacBook will do.
New slimmer profile MacBooks probably coming out next month.
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But for remote controlling a DAW, I would buy the iPad. Is it even possible, using a macbook? Being able to keep the fingers on the faders is important.
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I use the iPad for a control surface, and external instruments that I record in logic.
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