Audiobus: Use your music apps together.
What is Audiobus? — Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.Download on the App Store
Audiobus is the app that makes the rest of your setup better.
Bite the Mac Bullet, Or Just A Distraction From The Love Of Music?
I'm thinking of getting a Mac. I have a few iPads (chock full of great music apps, thank you Audiobus Forum!) but I've always been a PC guy for larger machines.
My thinking is that my iPads may integrate more seamlessly with Mac than with PC, plus Logic Pro X is hopefully more complete and integrated than Reaper or Cakewalk. Note that I have not spent much time with either Reaper or Cakewalk, so no great loss if I do not use them any more. Note that I also have Band In The Box and Ableton Live for Windows, so I'll still be using my PC's with those two at least.
Now, maybe it’s not worth the time and hassle to buy more annoyingly proprietary Apple hardware, plus deal with Apple's insufferable iTunes, or it's equally invasive replacement Apple Music, plus learn the non-Windows operating system macOS Catalina, all just to hopefully have more seamless integration between iPads and laptop, plus hopefully a more complete and integrated DAW with Logic Pro X (versus Reaper or Cakewalk or Band In The Box or Ableton Live), plus hopefully have lower audio latency (some say a Mac's better than a PC in this regard).
I know I am a hapless victim of the "paradox of choice", but am I missing much if I stick with what I've already got and ignore the Mac with Logic Pro X?
Basically my question is, if starting with the assumption that you did not know any particular DAW all that well, and you had a few iPads loaded with lots of cool music apps (thank you Audiobus Forum!) and funds were not a big issue, and you had lots of PC's and Windows experience, and you had Reaper, Cakewalk, Band In The Box and Ableton Live (but did not know any of them well), would you still be able to benefit much by adding a Mac with Logic Pro X, or would the Mac with Logic Pro X more than likely end up just being more hardware / software to learn / maintain, just that much more of a distraction from the love of music?
Note #1 : It's true (more or less) that you can setup most any modern DAW to do most anything with the right configuration and VST's etc. but it’s also true that most DAW's right out of the box tend to lend themselves to certain workflows, recording styles, requirements for add-ons, hardware requirements, etc. It's also true (more or less) that the best DAW is the one that you know the best, use the most, and have most customized for your purposes.
Note #2 : I used to gig regularly years ago (usually as a solo act) but unsurprisingly those days are gone (for us all now due to the global pandemic) and my age is creeping up on me in any case, so here I am at home alone, with lots of gear, and lots of time, and a budget permitting such purchases (if indeed they would be meaningful) plus I can take advantage of the Apple educational discount given I am a teacher.