One upside of sheltering in place is that it has given me time to get back to playing guitar through my Laptop/iPad rig. I posted some video snippets on Facebook, which prompted some questions about my setup. You can read about some of my earlier experiences here. But the time seems ripe to reveal the results of some improvements in both my technique and the technology.
Ireviewed the iConnectAudio+4 last year in Guitar Moderne. The possibilities it seemed to offer were intriguing. I could connect my iPad to it and it would allow me run iPad apps in an effects return of Ableton Live, while acting as a high quality audio interface for my laptop. Once up and running (read the review for the trials therein and to see videos) the iConnectAudio+4 fully delivered on its promise.
When Knox Chandler was profiled in Guitar Moderne, he was already incorporating an iPad into a rig that included a laptop. More recently he has gone all iOS and was kind enough to tell Guitar Moderne about it.
Here is a great slice of what this new app can do, from the man who helped design it. Belew’s sustainer really helps free his right hand for manipulation. My first impressions after having the app for a day or so are here. Having had it a few more days, I am finding more and more ways to use it, but also that it is cpu intensive and can be problematic to use with other cpu intensive apps like Loopy or Samplr in Audiobus.
Sampling pioneer J.A. Deane gives an overview and an update on the state of live sampling, with lots of invaluable info if you are considering (as I am) investigating an iPad based system. Oh, how far we have come.