TouchOSC + Ableton Live + Apple Tablet?

Just one hour to go before Steve Jobs [hopefully] announces the Apple Tablet, or iSlate, or iPad.

For geeky tech heads like me there are mixed reactions. Many (yours truly included) are anticipating this new device hoping it will be a great new paradigm shift in computing. Some just don’t get it and will be left behind in their Windows world, as always (yes, I’m a Mac.)

For the average consumer, this will be a great device, because, as it turns out, the average consumer who owns a computer does nothing more than watch Movies, listen to Music, search Youtube videos, update their Facebook and answer emails… and what better way to do all of that than on a 10 inch tablet with the elegant simplicity that Apple always brings to their devices? Smaller, more portable and less expensive than a laptop; more screen real estate than an iPhone, and if Apple makes a killer user interface (which, reports have it, that people will be surprised how you interact with it) then this will be the perfect consumer-computing device.

For the electronic, software-based musician… (again, like me) this is a dream come true! Why? Because many of us dreamed of controlling our music software with something like the incredibly over-priced, but cool at the time JazzMutant Lemur (something I could never justify spending the money on) and then rejoicing when TouchOSC came out for the iPhone, which turns your iPhone into a mini JazzMutant Lemur essentially (see video below.) But to have that TouchOSC app on a 10 inch Apple Tablet will revolutionize music (and, in my humble opinion, computing in general.)

So this is a video of me doing a quick test of TouchOSC, going through OCSulator, to control the Ableton Live Suite 8 program on my Macbook Pro. The real powerful stuff will happen once I delve deeper into Max For Live, then if we can do all of this on a 10 inch Apple Tablet iPad… well, I will be a very happy boy!

About Craig Anthony Perkins

Award winning Filmmaker, Composer, Photographer and Designer Craig Anthony Perkins began as a musician at the age of four, a magician at the age of six, and became interested in photography and filmmaking at a very early age as well. In the past Craig has worked in both a creative and technical capacity within the entertainment industry for companies such as Philips Media, Universal Interactive Studios and AVID, doing everything from video game design and film post production, to sound design, composing and technical writing. Under his own company Genshi Media Group, he has released several albums on the iTunes Music Store, has had his photography published in magazines and exhibited in galleries, his short films showcased in film festivals worldwide (with two of his films actually winning) and has designed indie art toys - including the much sought-after Broken Heart Robot - which has led to talks with two TV networks for consideration as an animated series based on his toy character. Now, between Filmmaking, Photography and Music, as well as performing as a working Magician & Mentalist, Craig is also helping others as a Creative Coach, Personal Consultant & Motivational Speaker; sharing his secrets to creative success and empowering those who seek the creative genius within themselves! View all posts by Craig Anthony Perkins

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