How to connect iPad to Logic Pro as a drum set?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 8, 2010
Atlanta, GA
I know that there are lots of drum applications on the iPad app store. I am on a very low budget for my home studio and can not afford to buy a digital drum set. So I decided to use my iPad 2. Can I use the Garage Band application on the iPad 2 using it as a drum set and wireless connect it to Logic Pro? thank you!


macrumors regular
Aug 4, 2003
San Francisco, CA
There are a couple of ways to do this. It depends on how you want to use Logic and the iPad.

Personally, I'd recommend you use a drum app on iPad that you like that will allow you to connect to external MIDI devices. With a drumming app like this, you'll have a controller to 'finger drum' anything in Logic and something you can play when you're not near your mac.

If it'll see the MIDI network on your mac, even better. This will let you send and receive MIDI data to/from Logic without needing any additional hardware.

If you want to record audio off the iPad, you can of course just use the 1/8" out on the ipad. But if you want better fidelity, get a camera connection kit and a usb to TosLink/SPDIF adapter. $40 on ebay got me both.

For apps, I've been looking at Beatmaker2. It's a full DAW, and at $20 it's not a cheap app, but it's also... not a cheap app and the drums are very nice. Plus I believe it'll do MIDI Networking.

How to for MIDI Networking:

It's for getting animoog to work, but it applies to pretty much any app that'll network from the iPad.

This is a pain if you want MIDI between the iPad and Mac. You need a camera connection kit, usb to midi device (for iPad), then another usb to midi device (for the Mac). Chain it all up, select the MIDI device in your app and you're ready to go.

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