music composition on a tablet?

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The Eternal Student
Member Since: Oct 08, 2005

wow... it's been a while since I've been in here... good to see there's still a very active crowd!

I'm wondering how I can do some composing/messing around while I'm on the road.

Has anybody used composition software on a tablet? If so, what did you use and what was the good/bad about it?

I don't particularly care about amazing sound quality, just midi capability and the ability to transfer the files to a "full featured" midi-capable software on my desktop.

I have no tablet at this point: I'll be letting the software decide what to buy...

Keep in mind that I do not have a full-featured sequencer/recording program yet either... that's also in the queue.

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The Czar of BS
Since: Dec 31, 2007

Aug 19, 2011 10:18 pm

Hey Kenneth.

I assume when you use the word "Tablet" you're referring to that "I" thingy?

And as far as that goes, I don't know anyone that has tried to record one one of them. But, I own and know many others that own a Motion Computing Tablet. And they are true PC's, so you can put any recording software on them that you want. I have used Reaper on mine. And I have never had a problem with it. (Sorry, I can't release any recordings that I have done with it. I do live shows, and I don't have the artist permission to post any of the songs that I recorded.)

If you want to give them a try, you can find them pretty cheap on Ebay.
Since: Nov 11, 2007

Aug 21, 2011 10:55 am

I have GarageBand on my ipad2 and it's stinking awesome. You are right not to expect a fully featured daw, but this thing is so much fun. Took me about 3 hours to learn the whole thing, and I came up with a loop that's pretty cool I think. The limitation is that you can only use 8 instrument tracks and the song can only be about 2 and a half minutes long. I ran into both of those limitations...which stinks because I was just getting something cool sounding down. Other than that, really cool. Definitely geared toward creating loops vs songs. Not typically the way I work but still fun.
Since: Nov 11, 2007

Aug 21, 2011 10:58 am

The song sinus pressure in my profile was done via garage band on my iPad

The Eternal Student
Since: Oct 08, 2005

Aug 21, 2011 12:56 pm

Thanks for the replies!

Rob, I was hoping to avoid anything apple, but Garageband seems to be getting some good reviews... the Motion Computing Tablets look awesome though! I'd never heard of them before and they aren't really much more expensive than a 32gb zoom or iPad.

Quincy, I think I could manage with 8 tracks, but 2.5 minutes sounds rough. Have you ever tried other composition apps on the iPad? Sinus pressure was cool, btw. =)

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Aug 22, 2011 04:19 pm

I like nanostudio, is at 16 tracks, they can be exported as midi and then imported into a more powerful software. Garage band was cool for laying songs out, has good sounds, but just didn't seem to offer the precise control I wanted.
Since: Nov 11, 2007

Aug 24, 2011 03:03 pm

Thanks Ken! I haven't tried anything else but will have to try nanostudio. I was pretty sad when I found out Garageband wouldn't export midi :-(

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