TriplePlay and iPad
I got an email today about iPad, and I thought it would make a good post. Here’s a few random thoughts about iPad:
1) TriplePlay will work on just about any USB compliant device that can receive MIDI information and provide compliant power to our receiver. This includes the iPad, if you connect with the proper Apple brand USB camera adapter (make sure to get the right one for your type of iPad – here is the one for the lightning connector iPads). Just plug our receiver into the iPad through the kit, and if your receiver is paired with the transmitter, you should get signal.
2) Can you use Fishman’s software on the iPad? No, the iPad uses Apps that you download from the App store. What Apps should you use? I couldn’t say other than to give a personal opinion, but any App that receives MIDI should do SOMETHING with the Fishman connected. For my own gigs with TriplePlay and the iPad, I’ve used SampleTank. It has a nice smattering of different instrument sounds for 20 bucks. From what I’ve found, most MIDI receptive software from the App store is more specific, like a particular type of keyboard, etc. And that is great, but I was looking for something more generic to do a bunch of different stuff easily. Also, SampleTank locks up nicely with our controls. The D-Pad will engage instrument up/down functions in the software, and the synth volume control works. Pretty cool.
3) The downside of using a device like this is that you just don’t have the quality of sounds, control over functionality and many other features available with using a laptop. For me, I was just trying to bang out a flute track in one song on one gig. I carry my iPad around anyway, so it seemed easy. Apparently, you can do the same thing with the new iOS and the iPhone, too. But, if I was looking for a full function MIDI guitar rig for stage or studio, the tablet or phone would not be my ideal option. Go with a computer.
4) Latency. There is more of it with my iPad setup. I’ve read online this can be minimized by closing open apps and so forth. There is no buffer setting available that I could find, so the latency is what it is. Get used to playing ahead of the beat, and it is usable. Long legato things are easy in this regard (see flute above). I’m not sure I would have had as much success using the iPad for piano chords.
5) I just had to mention the iPhone again, because it is so NEAT. Previously, if you connected the USB adapter to iPhones, you got a response that it wasn’t a supported device. But, the new iOS 7 LETS YOU DO THIS. Here is a picture of us playing SampleTank on our iPhone!