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#146677 - 02/15/12 06:29 PM [Off-Topic] Re: iPad users [Re: Brian Hughes]
Charlie McG Offline

Registered: 07/08/03
Posts: 599
Loc: Sulphur Springs, TX
I'll throw in my 2 bits worth on the iPad. I have an iPad 2 but really haven't used it for music much. I bought the mobile version of FL Studio, played with it awhile and thought it's OK, nothing special. Good as a toy for the grandkids if they are musically inclined. Good for ideas while away from the computer (which I'll never do) but so is a laptop.

Overall opinion of the iPad is ........ good for browsing the internet while in bed. I can't understand why anyone would want to record with an iPad when an Intel i7, Win 7, 2 28 inch monitors and 2 gb hard drive is available.

I don't understand the hoopla over this item. Even if you go mobile with it, a laptop is way more powerful (and cheaper, too). The apps are cheaper for it for sure. But to do serious recording on a 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 screen is not something I'm interested in. Maybe I'm getting old.
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#146678 - 02/16/12 11:11 AM [Off-Topic] Re: iPad users [Re: Charlie McG]
jazzmammal Offline

Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 6414
Loc: Redondo Beach, Ca.

But to do serious recording on a 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 screen is not something I'm interested in. Maybe I'm getting old.

Yep, you are Charlie as am I. It's all about eyesight buddy. My 30 year old assistant can read stuff on his phone that I need my custom computer/reading glasses to see. I did a gig a few months ago where one of the young players pulled up charts on his phone using an Android app called 4realbook or something like that. I costs 6 bucks. He put his phone on his music stand and read it from 5 feet away. I could barely read it from 2 feet.

For young people that Ipad is more than big enough to do whatever they want. We have several hundred pilots as tax clients and almost all have Ipads for all kinds of pilot related stuff like charts and things. That's why the Air Force just announced they're buying 18,000 IPads for their pilots. It replaces whole big leather bags full of flight charts. Of course, those pilots are young and have perfect eyesight.

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#146679 - 02/16/12 11:42 AM [Off-Topic] Re: iPad users [Re: jazzmammal]
John Conley Offline

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 8333
Loc: London, Ontario, Canada
Lots of my friends are getting new eyes. Once you have cataracts you get new lenses and they are getting 20/20 vision and can read again. Too bad they couldn't just say, you will need this operation in the future(Me!) so we will let you have it sooner for a buck and a half. I'd go for something reasonable. There is a crap shoot here, maybe I croak and save them the money. For now I can just pass the drive at night thing, it's the street lights that look like constellations.

I thought retirement sounded like fun, until I realized the main reason for it is you are just worn out and most parts cannot be replaced.

I'm SURE some manufacturer is going to come out with a fold-able big affordable portable screen. Please?
John Conley
Musica est vita

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