A.R Rahman, Indian star composer has proved at this last live concert that iOS music apps are not only toys but also professionally usable!
The biggest difference and advantage for many users is the operation with the touch display that allows to play instruments a new way. Other advantages are: mobility (make music everywhere), affordable and accessible to everyone. That apps are not music toys, A.R Rahman and his band has shown in his last concert. The best-known Indian composer used the great granular app SpaceCraft as a live music instrument.
For me a nice moment to see that iOS apps that only cost $2.99 make the way to big stages and are used by such well-known composers. Also, the Granular Synthesizer Quanta developed by Audio Damage was used on stage. Not on the iPad here but on a Microsoft Surface with a ROLI Seaboard controller.
Although many musicians relay on hardware, I’m glad to see such software products in live use. Both apps can be discovered in the concert in the video below. Who thinks now apps are still toys, should look at this concerts and the current lineup of Synthesizers, drum machines etc for iPad or Surface.