Imageline - FL Studio iPad

FL Studio for iPad Coming Soon

Imageline’s FL Studio software goes from strength to strength – and you can expect our full review of the brand new FL Studio 10 next week – but the long standing Windows only hold on the studio in a box software came to an end recently with FL Studio for iPhone and this new video of FL Studio for iPad is very promising.

It’s not a port of the Windows version, more a re-imagining of the brand

It’s not a port of the Windows version, more a re-imagining of the brand, with quite a lot of similarities with Apple’s GarageBand iPad but enough differences and unique features to make it keeping an eye out for.

Also… anyone else spot the slip up in this otherwise good mockup?! It made us laugh, at least.

 

FL Studio 10

Imageline release FL Studio 10

FL Studio is one of the most enduring softwares in the music production market – from humble beginnings as Fruity Loops, a simple step editor, its continual updates over the years have seen it become one of the most powerful studio box solutions on the market.

FL Studio is one of the most enduring softwares in the music production market

FL Studio 10 has just been released along with workflow improvements, full 64 bit support, and two new modules: Newtone and Pitcher. Both pitch and time correction tools, their addition is presumably to bring FL Studio’s feature set back into punch for punch contention with Propellerhead’s Reason and Record duo. 64 bit support brings large sample libraries, automatic Plugin Delay Compensation is written into the audio engine, and vertical zoom in the piano roll uncovers properties in a way not dissimilar to Cubase 6′s new VST3 views, all working toward making FL Studio 10 a genuine all in one competitive alternative to large ‘traditional’ DAWs – as long as you’re on PC, of course… Watch out for a review soon.

iPad 2

Apple Announce iPad 2 – What Does it Mean for Music Production?

When the iPad was released in April last year, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that it took the world somewhat by storm. Despite not being the first to do a lot of the things it was lauded for doing (companies like Jazz Mutant were releasing multi touch screens for musicians much earlier, for instance) it was certainly the most conspicuous; perhaps the iPad’s greatest feature was the way it opened peoples’ eyes and imaginations to the realities of the progress of consumer level technology. Whilst the traditional keyboard and mouse paradigm of computing is some way from being shaken out of its position as the power user’s choice, light, touch friendly apps on the iPad are capturing peoples’ imaginations.

light, touch friendly apps on the iPad are capturing peoples’ imaginations

The way I see it, there are two main barriers to the adoption of the iPad (or of course any other multi touch tablet – right now the focus is on Apple because I genuinely think they’re the only ones doing it right at the moment): power and connectivity. There’s a possible third, too, and I’ll get onto that later.

When it comes to power, even computer nerds are starting to find it difficult to keep up with the colossal speed at which progress is being made. We’re a long way from the simpler times when a bigger number meant a faster processor, and what with multiple chips, cores, faster buses and all the other wizardry that’s being squeezed out of silicon, the number of mHz written on something isn’t really relevant anymore – especially where custom chips built for bespoke computers with matching software are concerned. No, the reality is that technology is moving forward at such a frightening rate that in less than a year, processing power of the iPad 2 is reportedly double that of its predecessor. iPad was already fast enough to run software like Korg’s iElectribe, a very convincing virtual remake of one of its most successful groove boxes, and Akai’s SynthStation, a full studio in a box tool that really proved that iPad meant business when it comes to audio.

When iPad 2 is launched, GarageBand for iPad will follow shortly.

When iPad 2 is launched, GarageBand for iPad will follow shortly. New hardware, from Apogee’s JAM to Alesis’s StudioDock and the Akai SynthStation 49 are all pieces in the puzzle that provide solutions to connectivity issues of such a standalone piece of equipment, with more, I’m sure, to follow.

Predictions? A future update of iOS will improve app to app interoperability, increasing the practicality of investing in the burgeoning iOS synth market and paving the way for Apple to release an iPad version of Logic with a plugin system. Propellerhead, one of the kings of the studio in a box world, will bring out their own studio in a box iPad app and Imageline, the other king, will up their game after testing the water with their recently released ‘in name only’ FL Studio. I’d also be surprised if Akai weren’t to bring out an MPC like sampling workstation and pad controller with audio input for sampling.

But what does that mean right here and now? The truth is, iPad 2 still doesn’t have the power to compete seriously with a desktop operating system when it comes to the kind of quality and quantity we’ve come expect from home studio software. However, it’s more portable, more tactile, and has a much shallower learning curve – if you already own both a computer and an iPad and want to simply enjoy yourself with music, then the iPad 2 is beginning to look like it might be an even better choice than traipsing through the minefield of computer software decisions. And, one day soon, we won’t even have to choose…

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