iPAD as a remote desktop
Someone may have already discovered this, but this is a huge find for me.
I have been recording to my laptop, which is situated outside of my recording space, to keep the occasional, untimely HDD/fan noise at bay. This causes me to arm the recording, launch, and step back into my recording space, record, then return to hit stop. Out of eye-shot, this is a minor inconvenience to ensure that signal is being captured.
So in my "work smarter, not harder" (insert lazy) way, I found an iPAD app to take control of my laptop screen and present a fully functional, identical virtual desktop, on my silent iPAD that can mount on my mic stand (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16858993417). I can now control my recording laptop, from anywhere in the house. The app works through my wireless home network. The best part... The app is free!!!!!! There is a paid, Pro version too.
I am not a salesman, nor affiliated with this company. I am just sharing my find, and workflow solution. The app is called iRemoteDesktop Free. Their site states it works on iPhones too. I have not tried it as my DAW screen would be too small for my 48 y.o. eyes.
Its all yours now, enjoy.
Cha! That is a totally great solution for recording. I ended up just running a monitor (which I would like to replace with a big'ol touch screen monitor (I found one for about $500 with a capacitive screen). Great info!
The iRemoteDesktop app was easy to set up. Nothing to downlaod or change on my XP-Pro SP3 laptop. In the app, I entered the laptop's IP address, my network's domain name, the laptop's Windows login username and password, to set up the virtual server on the app's config page; a double tap of the iPAD launches the app and locks the laptop's screen. The iPAD then takes control of the desktop. On the iPAD and in the recording space, I fire up my DAW and record away. The iPAD's screen is large enough to fit the entire DAW screen and controls.
To get back to the laptop desktop, a 3-finger salute (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and entering the password on the laptop, lets the laptop regain control and kills the iRemoteDesktop app.
Further research found that the free version only allows you to set up one computer. The paid version allow multiple virtual servers.
I am really liking this freebie..... ymmv