Originally Posted by draven5
I find the iPad to be a waste of money for music creation in the end of it all.
Realize, updates might trip up the apps you buy
You need to jump though hoops to get things done sometimes such as midi, recording audio
Eventually the iOS will be updated and your synth or program might not work
You have to use iTunes to move music creation files in and out of your iPad.
For midi you need to hook up adapters and a USB hub
In 5 years your battery will be dead and your iPad is as good as a paperweight.
iPad is a short term music creation tool. no handing down or reselling your synths to anyone.
If you are comfortable with that then go for it.
Most iPad music apps are a but disappointing in my opinion too.
Although I do like some. Problem is quality control.
The best use I find for the iPad is for a drum machine or triggering samples. As for a workstation, not really, as for a synthesizer, so so.
These are fair concerns, but no one forces you to update your software. You can always ignore them.
Also, one benefit for using apps over hardware is that apps are CHEAP. For one piece of hardware I can buy 100 apps. If some are not up to snuff, I can be sure dozens of others are. For those I don't like, not much money was wasted. Whereas with hardware you can shell out over $1K and learn you don't like the purchase. Sometimes you can get a refund, other times you have to sell it yourself, and worse case you have to eat it.
As for the battery, I suspect I'll want what new gizmo is out in 5 years time and will likely get it (iPad 10 or something), or I could get the battery replaced if I'm still tied to this one. Not a big deal.
Many of your concerns aren't that threatening when you look at it.
I agree this can be a great drum source, which is one of the reasons I want to be able to sync this to my hardware.