The iPad DAW? Perhaps the most intriguing addition is StudioTrack from Sonoma (pictured at top), which looks most like a traditional DAW, but with bigger, friendlier, finger-tip friendly touch controls. Through Sonoma’s AudioPaste capability, you’ll be able to pull sounds from other apps and paste them into this environment for mixing.
The one, free app you need to get is clearly Richard Lawler’s PatternMusic, a unique way of generating looped, instrumental music ideas. I love the thought he’s put into the UI, which has yielded some unusual interface concepts, and his hand-drawn sketch above (lifted from his blog.) -Pete Kirn, CDM
I’ve been hesitant about the iPad and its lack of compatibility, but there is hope yet. While I still think an Apple Tablet is beyond its due date, it seems that developers are still going to be able to squeeze some usefulness out of it. But I still stand by my word — It’s no revolutionary device.