Live performance/jamming setups
Hi all, long time reader but first post: what setups (apps, hardware) do people use for live performance with their iPad?
I like to improvise and jam, building beats from scratch, mashing up loops and playing over the top of them, rather than a preplanned set (I'm lazy and seldom finish making tracks). I've had a lot of fun doing this with apps like Rebirth, SoundPrism (Pro and Electro), iElectribe, iKaosscilator, Turnado, Alchemy, Launchkey, Groovemaker, SampleTank, MidiBus, AB of course. I often "hot-swap" them i.e. mute or even stop one so I can load a new sequence, but syncing remains a challenge and my venerable iPad 3 occasionally skips (upgrading soon!) with the load.
I have two setups: "Thunderbird 4" is the full rig with an iConnect MIDI4+, MacBook running Live Suite, Axiom 25 keyboard, Novation X-Station as Synth and interface. But for general jamming and mitigating the risks playing live I have "Thunderbird 4", just the iPad and the X-Station. I am currently exploring putting the Axiom or other controllers into that, and also MIDI syncing with my jam buddies, one on electric violin with a boss loop board and iPad Air on a Focusrtie dock, the other on electric cello with boss effects and looper boards.
Interested to hear of other working like this, issues and solutions, new apps to try - learning Loopy HD properly is next on my list!