64-bit iPads & DAW Work

fastlanephil

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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?
 

ChrisA

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The next incarnation of the iPad will undoubtably also include the 64-bit A7 chip
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.
 

polaris20

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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.
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.
 

fastlanephil

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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.
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.
 

DeepIn2U

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Re-hasing up an old thread but I wonder how relevant this topic would be today now, both with the 11" & 12.9" iPad Pro's with their incredible performance with A13x chips.

Is there any modern DAW within iOS that can really be used for novice to low-intermediate digital music composer hopeful?