Paradigm Time? If Not Now When?
Reading tia's thread on poor knob performance on UIs got me thinking about how fast things are changing. Initially I thought I would use iOS as a springboard to a fully fledged desktop DAW. Now I am not so sure. I wish I could remember who and where I saw it, but recently, for the first time, I read a post where someone complained about desktop workflow (primarily mouse usage) not bring as slick as iOS. I was looking at Bradley White's chronology of iOS on his Futuresonic website and realized the timeline is moving at the speed of sound, literally: 2008, the App Store, 2010, the iPad, 2013, Audiobus and 2015, Cubasis.
It seems most of the user technology has happened in the past five years (only after the blockbuster foundation pieces of iPhone, iPad and App Store were in place), and almost full DAW only three years ago. When you consider the economic incentive (iOS is clearly cheaper) and the easier interface (if you agree with that) and finally, the portability (undeniable) then it seems to me it is only a matter of time until desktop production is eclipsed. In fact, if you believe the founder of Roli, it is just a matter of time before the qwerty keyboard itself is replaced by a denser, more flexible input device.
So, my questions are two:
Do you think, when iOS devices achieve equivalent RAM and ROM capacities that the 20" iPad ( and app bugs,such as inaccurate and hard to use knob settings, are worked out) iOS will replace the desktop as the main mode of music production?
And two, if you think that, how long will it take to happen?
My own view is it is inevitable and certainly will happen in the next five years.
If Moore's law still holds the storage on a small device should be no problem, and the app insufficiencies.... Well, I remember my dad behind the Dumont tv
adjusting the vertical hold... What, no color! No remote! No cable! No wifi! No internet! No iAnything!. Yes, it was sixty some years ago, but things, you will agree, happen a lot faster these days!
So, what do you think?