64-bit iPads & DAW Work

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by fastlanephil, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2007
    The next incarnation of the iPad will undoubtably also include the 64-bit A7 chip . Not much has been said about the advantages of this upgrade but could it theoretically allow less demanding 64-bit instrument sample based plugin libraries and 64-bit modeled libraries access to iPad DAWs?

    It's probably still a question of wether the iPad will finally have the horsepower to make that happen but if the the A7 is significantly faster than the A6X, the iPad could become a full featured mobile DAW option.

    The plugin developers would have to migrate their products over to iOS. A good iOS DAW with at least basic MIDI editing features and standard MIDI export or iOS versions of regular DAWs like GarageBand/Logic Pro that support third party plugins could make it all work.

    Any thought about this?
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The only thing 64-bits does is allow an address space greater than 4GB.

    The bigger problem with running a dAW on an iPad is the size of the screen. I think even my 13" MBP is to small and MUCH prefer my 27" iMac. I don't want a DAW on a 10 inch screen. Well not a large DAW. Apple's Garage band is OK and Logic's remote app is OK but I need more space for editing

    For simple recording the iPad is fine, even the iPod Touch works for that.
  3. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    There's a pretty significant difference in recording audio on an iPad vs. iPT. I regularly record stuff while out and about, do MIDI work, etc. and then import into Logic X on the desktop, it's extremely useful.
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Third party plugins for Cubasis? Yes please! :D

    Would LOVE that.
  5. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2007
    That's true but my question has more to do with the future availability of 64-bit sample library plugins for basic iPad DAWs that could be used as a convenient mobile device instead my 13" MacBook Pro.

    How about someday a 27" multi-touch iPad that will replace the 27" iMac that could also be used as a touch screen for the Mac Pro.

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