As great as Apple’s iOS devices are, for most musicians they have still not replaced Mac computers as serious music-making tools. Notepads and experimental environments? Sure! But not fully fledged production environments, or at least not yet. What they are exceptionally good at however is controlling DAWs running on your Mac, thanks to some clever third party apps that leverage the power of wi-fi and CoreMIDI to let you get hands-on with your system from across the room. It’s an ideal situation where your powerful Mac does the heavy lifting but you can control recording, playback and other things using a small, handheld device. It’s an amazing development for anyone recording on their own, since it means that you can be sitting at your keyboard or your drum kit, or across the room holding your guitar, and control recording without having to keep walking back and forth to your Mac. Since it works over wi-fi, you don’t even have to be in the same room! DAW Remote is a great, inexpensive app for iOS that makes it easy to control Logic, Pro Tools and Live, though as I don’t have Pro Tools I’ll show you the other two!
Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues, jazz and boogie too much to resist. After cutting his teeth producing with Portastudios he graduated to hardware and then computer-based recording, and has remained at the cutting edge of recording technology ever since. Formerly a lecturer in soundtrack composition, videographics and music production, Hollin has been a freelance writer on music technology, multimedia and Mac issues for almost a decade, along the way publishing several books on Reason. As well as consultancy, full-time journalism and the occasional tech support, he still finds time to produce his own music, running a band as well as composing for film and TV. He occasionally plays session keys for people who ask nicely.