It would be super useful if I would be able to control my favorite DAW software (Propellerhead Reason that is) with an iPad. With such a system I will be able to record acoustic guitars, vocals/voices and percussion by myself in my isolation booth without much trouble. And it comes in handy when recording electric guitars a few meters from my amplifiers to keep them from humming.
Peter Kirn of CDM wrote an interesting blogpost about the new V-Control Pro controller for the iPad. This app uses a V-Window for a direct look at the interface on your desktop/laptop in combination with the app taking care of controlling transport, editing, and mixing functions over WIFI.
But there are some competitive solutions. For example a great looking app I found out about via the Tonebenders podcast called TouchOSC. This app, used by some sound designers, seems harder to set up and getting used to. And it lacks the V-Window of V-Control Pro. But it does look great, easy on the eyes, and seems to be super flexible for controlling anything on your desktop/laptop.
And Air Display looks interesting too. Which works like a secondary window. A few Reason users are using this app and are positive about it.
The V-Control Pro app might be the best solution yet for controlling your DAW on an iPad in an easy way. Mainly because it combines a traditional mixer and transport controller which is optimised for the iPad’s screen with the addition of that special V-Window for DAW specific tasks. Do you own any of these and want to share your experience with it? Please leave your comments!