We've been using an iPad for a year or more now to play our loop/click tracks.  I build the tracks on Garageband and export to the iPad as MP3s.  We've been using the built in music app that comes with the iPad to play the tracks, but I'm wondering what apps are available that are more user friendly.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Nate

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Just to be clear, I'm basically looking for a music player that will allow us to arrange and play the loops in the order we want to.  The music player that comes on the ipad is not the easiest to use.

Nathan, have you had a look at MAINSTAGE at all? It is suppose to run on Ipad as well as Mac Pro laptop; I believe is correct . It is highly recommended by some churches for use. Mostly though I have only seen it on Mac laptops, but they use the Ipads for their setlist etc

Check it out and see if it is worth the few $$ it cost to get it; as it is not free like Garageband.

Anyone is Sample Tank 3 http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/sampletank3/

Anyway, hope that helps......

Allan

Thanks!  Mainstage seems to be a replacement for Garageband, which I really don't need.

Allan Midgley said:

Nathan, have you had a look at MAINSTAGE at all? It is suppose to run on Ipad as well as Mac Pro laptop; I believe is correct . It is highly recommended by some churches for use. Mostly though I have only seen it on Mac laptops, but they use the Ipads for their setlist etc

Check it out and see if it is worth the few $$ it cost to get it; as it is not free like Garageband.

Anyone is Sample Tank 3 http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/sampletank3/

Anyway, hope that helps......

Allan

How flexible do you want the playbak to be? If you are aiming for a set up that allows you to respond to the moment - how you sense the Lord is leading your congregation - it might be worth considering other software like Ableton Live. That lets you set up a whole set of clips and remix them on the fly. For example, you could have a constant rhythm marker like a simple percussion part but it's easy if you want to repeat a chorus or choose between dense and more open combinations of loops to cover a particular section - or even to change tempo on the fly. I'm not sure if you can use iPad only although you can certainly use an iPad to control the software.

It might be worth taking a step back though - what user-unfriendly features do you want to overcome with the tools already available?

Wulf

Like I said in the OP, I'm simply looking for a music player to set up playlists.  We don't need any bells and whistles, no changing on the fly, etc.

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