Apple's new iPad is already taking the U.S. by storm and has the potential to change the way we approach mobile computing, but what possibilities does this offer to the world of music production? Saitara Software have started the ball rolling with the AC-7 Pro DAW control surface.
The AC-7 Pro for iPad builds on Saitara's excellent iPhone MIDI and DAW controller range, taking full advantage of the extra real estate on the iPad 9.7" multi-touch display. Already available in the U.S. at a price of just $9.99 on the iTunes app store, the AC-7 appears to be as full featured a DAW controller as any on the market, with native controller presets for Logic Pro, Digital Performer, limited Pro-Tools control and a Standard Mackie Control setting.
Check out the video below to see the AC-7 working as a controller:
- FADERS: Fully multitouch flying faders with 14 bit sub-pixel precision. There are markings indicating 0dB volume and centre pan.
- METERS: Show channel volume levels
- FLIP BUTTON: Changes fader function between volume and pan
- BANK LEFT/RIGHT: Used to enable control of more channels, limited only by DAW capabilities
- ASSIGN SECTION: Generally this where the editing mode is chosen, depending on current DAW mode
- MULTI FUNCTION BUTTONS: These change to suit individual DAW modes, but this is the Logic set. The buttons on the bottom row select different groups of 8 buttons. In this case MAIN contains commonly used buttons, V-POT emulates pushing the numbered encoder button, SCRN switches to a numbered screenset, GVIEW limits the type of channels available.
- AUTOMATION SECTION The modifier buttons (SHIFT,ALT etc.) are latched so touch them once to engage, and once more to disengage.
- JOG WHEEL The jog wheel moves the playhead when rotated and scrub can usually be used too (depending on DAW software used). Can also be switched to a cursor.