Various third-party apps have turned your iPad (or, occasionally, Android) into a control surface for DAWs. Many simply emulate the features of Mackie Control, a popular inter-app control protocol. Steinberg offered its own tool with the awkwardly-named but powerful Cubase iC Pro. Killer features: keyboard shortcuts, visual arrangement overview for navigation. Then, came Apple with the wide-reaching Logic Control. While strikingly similar to Steinberg’s offering, Apple earns points for adding instrumental control, interactive help, and something called Smart Control.
What Apple didn’t do was provide touch interfaces for all its instruments and effects. And as I said in the review, that was especially odd when some already looked like iPad interfaces.
That’s where V-Control Pro, a third-party iPad DAW control app, has a killer feature. “V-Window” gives you a direct look at the interface on your desktop. So, if those desktop controls have started to look like they were really intended for an iPad – Pro Tools’ Eleven Amp here being a great example – you can now use them directly. Sure, various iOS and Android VNC apps have had the ability to do this. But rather than making you awkwardly try to navigate a computer screen entirely from a tablet, V-Control Pro combines dedicated remote controls and the remote windowing on the same screen.
V-Control Pro has some superb features for working with Pro Tools specifically, but it has robust support for other apps, too. (Think Audition, Cubase, Digital Performer, Final Cut Pro 7, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reaper, Reason, and SONAR, among others.)
In fact, it easily bests Apple’s Logic Remote app. Sure, those GarageBand instrumental controls are fun, but V-Control Pro gives you a proper mixing window and more dedicated transport and marker controls.
In Ableton Live, you get the sort of mixing window Ableton and transport window didn’t give you on screen.
It all makes me dream of a 15″ iPad.
- Control “sends, automation, groups, auditioning, plug-ins, jog/scrub/shuttle, I/O assignment” and more.
- Use alongside Ethernet controllers in Pro Tools.
- Retina Display support – but also fine on an iPad mini.
- Dedicated keyboard shortcuts.
- Multi-touch fader control and automation mode switching and gestural control of the faders.
- Edit, store memory positions, zoom, control windows, scrub, and shuttle (slightly different in different apps).
- Dedicated skins for different apps.
Via DailyM [Dutch only]
It’s easiest to see this in pictures, so let’s have a look at just a few (everyone from Reaper to Reason gets something similar):
Loads more examples and exhaustive video examples for each of the supported DAWs are available at the developer’s site, so don’t take our word for it – check it out.
Hope we do a full review soon.