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Making music on an iPad

Gorillaz and Bjork swear by it, but is the iPad any use in the studio?

  • 19/05/2011
  • Mark Savage
Gorillaz iPad app

Gorillaz have just released their own iPad app.

The iElectribe (Gorillaz Edition) is a re-purposed version of Korg's Electribe synthesizer, loaded up with samples from the band's most recent album, The Fall.

It comes after Damon Albarn and company used an iPad to sketch out musical ideas while they were touring Plastic Beach last year.
 
And they're not the only ones: Mike Skinner and Bjork have also used Apple's tablet computer on their latest records.
 
Largely, they are using software synthesizers to make loops and riffs, which can be expanded upon in the studio.

In that sense, says Nate Lanxon of wired.co.uk, the iPad is being used much like Yamaha's Tenori-On, popularised by Little Boots a few years ago.

"That was basically a sequencer," Lanxon explains. "You could sit on a plane and tap out a riff then use that in a recording in a studio environment when you get off the plane."

So why has the iPad superceded "professional" synthesizers and sequencers? Is it really a viable tool for making music? And are there other devices that musicians should consider?

6 Music's Mark Savage found out more. Listen to his report below.

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If you're interested in making music on an iPad, we asked synthesizer guru Mark Jenkins to explain some of the techniques bands like Gorillaz use.
 
Jenkins has played keyboards for the likes of Arthur Brown and Damo Suzuki from Can, but recently completed an album composed entirely on his iPad.
 

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