64-bit iPads & DAW Work

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

  1. 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. 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. 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. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

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

    Would LOVE that.
  5. 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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