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Gorillaz Creating Next Album on iPad

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn recently said that he wants to release his follow-up album to "Plastic Beach" sometime before Christmas. That meant creating the new record on his beloved Apple iPad while on tour with the band.

"I've made it on an iPad," he said in the latest issue of NME. "I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad. I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record."

Although Albarn didn't specify how he used the iPad to record, there are plenty of applications on the App Store for both the novice and expert musician. A good example is Sonoma Wire Works' StudioTrack ($40, iTunes) for multi-track recording featuring, 44.1kHz audio recording, an effects rack for each channel, a metronome, Wi-Fi syncing and more.

For professional applications, another example would be iConnectivity's iConnectMIDI, an enhanced, stand-alone MIDI interface that enables communication between 5-pin MIDI DIN (2x MIDI-In, 2x MIDI-Out), USB MIDI 1.0, a computer and the Apple iPad (and other iOS devices).

"iConnectivity brings portability to multi-track MIDI recording," the company says on the main website. "Bring your iPhone, your portable USB keyboard and iConnectMIDI and you have a portable music studio. Load the appropriate application onto your iPhone, plug in your headphones and you are ready to rock the world."

Recent reports indicate that the next version of iOS (4.2) will offer native MIDI hardware support, allowing MIDI-capable devices to connect directly with Apple's latest iOS devices by way of Wi-Fi MIDI and MIDI via USB, the latter using the iPad Camera Connection Kit's USB adapter.