Logic Pro on iPad With Air Display – The Story Sofar
The Air Display application turns an iPad into a wireless computer monitor with a touchscreen. Avatron, maker of the app, was founded by a former Apple software engineering manager, and a team of veteran Mac OS X programmers. I’ve been test-driving Air Display some more recently, to see how it would work together with Logic Pro. My findings are below, along with some images of the iPad displaying various Logic Pro plugins and windows.
Logic Pro’s Metering Plugins
Lag: I’d say 40ms in my case. Framerate: sufficient. Cool for metering, despite the lag.
Transport control: fine. Basic region editing (without modifier keys): fine. The bigger the regions, the better. In the above picture, they’re too small.
Waves CLA Vocals
Faders: too sensitive. Buttons: fine.
Waves Dorrough Meter
In XL Mode, this plugin fits iPad perfectly in landscape mode. Framerate wasn’t high enough though. And don’t forget about the lag. Lacks precision.
Faders: fine. Panpots: okay, they’re a bit small.
Piano Roll Window
Basic note editing works. The bigger the better applies here too. Double-tap on note opens Event List on main screen.
Making a selection works fine. Zoom controls are too small. This is where I start dreaming about stretching stuff with my fingers by pinching. Sigh.
Air Display turns the iPad into one heck of a metering display. The lag and the often insufficient framerate (depending on the wireless network’s performance) don’t make it very precise. But it’s so cool! Basic mixing and editing is possible. You’ll need big regions. Working smaller objects (parameter window, menus) isn’t very enjoyable. So, by calling it Air Display, Avatron Software got the name right. Hopefully, I’ve caught a glimpse of the future, a glimpse of Logic Pro on iPad. It’s your turn now, Apple.