The Third Device

A blog about the iPad.

AC-7 Control Surface

I work at a recording studio that does music for TV commercials, and we’ve got a lot of cool gadgets and toys lying around. But the coolest one right now is probably the iPad!

There are a surprising number of music and audio apps available for it. Some of them could even be considered professional-grade.

One of the first applications I downloaded for the iPad was the AC-7 Control Surface for digital audio workstations. It allows you to connect wirelessly to your DAW (I use Logic Studio) and manipulate parameters, faders, and controls in real time. It may sound gimmicky but is actually quite usable in the real world, as long as you can get used to not having tangible knobs and faders under your fingers.

Here’s a quick look at the AC-7 in action. Logic Studio is running on my  MacBook Pro, with music that I composed for a Cream Silk TVC for JWT Manila. The iPad is synced to the MBP over WiFi and has complete control over the transport functions of Logic.

As you can see, the AC-7 fader motions mimic the physical movements of my Frontier AlphaTrack fader almost perfectly, and the scrub wheel allows for fairly precise spotting.

EDIT: Will move the videos to an iPad-friendly format soon, promise.

Here’s the video of the complete TV commercial. Enjoy!

Music: Vic Icasas / Hit Productions

Sound: Regie Ambas / Hit Productions

Producer: Jeng Gambol Floresca / JWT Manila


May 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Had to view the videos on my mbp. The videos wouldnt load on my iPad 😦

    Nice music btw!

    Comment by Robbie | May 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Hahah! Yeah. Maybe I should move the videos to YouTube so they’re iPad friendly.

      Comment by Vic | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. Oh btw if you want to test HTML5 on iPad’s Safari just point to … YouTube videos load from the site already 🙂

    Comment by Anton | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Interesting. No lag? More posts like this!

    Comment by Peter | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Hey Peter. Yup no lag as long as you’ve got the network data solely dedicated to AC-7 communication. No other devices, no internet, nothing.

      Comment by Vic | May 13, 2010 | Reply

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