Evening JS -
I've found there's a lot to be said for using the iPad as a self-contained unit. I too haven't used my instruments in anger for an age, but I found it very liberating to sit down with the iPad at night when the house is quiet and childless, and tap out a few tunes on Nanostudio
. I can still plug in an external keyboard if I want it*, but just using one app and the touchscreen simplifies music-making by removing all the crap you go through when setting up an recording on a PC.[*] Via Apple USB camera plug
The results can sound pretty good, but there's always audio/MIDI export if I need to polish them up.
Anyways, just my penny's worth - good to see you back old man.