You know, the criteria for “essential” recording gear has changed a lot over the last few decades.
Heck, it’s changed a lot in just the last few years!
Before we used to need a bunch of microphones, preamps, and other expensive equipment. But these days all we really need is:
- A Mac
- Logic Pro X
- A microphone for recording vocals
- A guitar/bass
- A MIDI or USB keyboard/controller
Even audio interfaces are optional now thanks to USB microphones.
It’s freaking nuts.
With expensive gear a thing of the past, the final link in the music-making chain all comes down to workflow.
AKA: is your gear helping you make music, or getting in the way of your creativity?
And if there’s anyone piece of gear that continues to underwhelm me, it’s the world of MIDI controllers.
MIDI/USB controllers are kind of like glorified Nintendo controllers. They don’t make any sound on their own. Instead, they tell Logic when to do something:
- Play a musical note by pressing the keyboard
- Trigger a drum sound by tapping a pad
- Adjust on-screen controls by turning a knob or fader
MIDI Controllers let you physically work inside Logic. They feel a bit more musical than always using your Mac’s keyboard and mouse.
But ten times out of ten, using a MIDI controller is like duct taping your phone to your pants. I mean, sure, your phone is safely snug on your person. But it’s not really convenient when you need to text someone, is it?
I’ve tried several keyboards and controllers over the years. And I’ve realized that the only truly integrated controller for Logic is Logic Remote on the iPad.
So today let me show you why I finally caved in and bought an iPad for Logic Remote. And how awesome Logic Remote on the iPad actually is.