First post here and I want to thank all the regular contributors as I've learned quite a bit from reading this forum.
I am looking to follow a simple workflow that will allow me to play a live, solo performance with the Modx, and wanted to see what other more experienced musicians recommend. I am somewhere in between a beginner and intermediate keyboardist and I have a blast playing the Modx presets, which tickle my ears. I only have a few hours to devote to music per week and I am looking to put something simple together that I can play live for friends, family, and myself. I have an iPad loaded up with Cubasis (haven't spent time with it yet), but I don't want to touch a standard computer DAW as I spend all day on the computer for my day job. So, here is what I would like, and please let me know if you can think of something that would fit my pipe-dream, or if I'm asking for too much.
1) DRUMS - The easiest, fastest way to add a backing drum track with various sections (main, fills, etc.) I've read Bad Mister's post on how this can be accomplished on the Modx using scene's to produce an AABA song structure for the drums, but I'm hoping for something a bit easier. I don't want to program the drums myself if I can avoid it, as I would like to spend as much of my time as I can on improving my keyboard skills, and I have no problem using drum grooves or entire drum tracks that were created and prepackaged by others. Perhaps there is an iPad app that has a bunch of preset main sections and fills that I can combine quickly (before the performance) to build a song structure? Ideally, I would have some flexibility to change the structure on the fly (e.g. play the chorus a few more times than I had planned), but I'd be willing to sacrifice that for a solution that was fast and intuitive.
2) LIVE LOOPING - I'd like to be able to lay down a bass line (or chord progression) on top of the drum track and let the bass line loop, so that my hands are freed up for other tones and solos. The looping could be midi or audio as I feel like both have their advantages or disadvantages. Perhaps Cubasis could accomplish this but I imagine it would need to sync with whatever drum program is going on?
I've got a pretty good handle on layering tones and using scenes to change between tones, mixing, and arps, so I think if there is a solution for the above items, putting together a live performance with a few songs is an achievable goal, even for a novice such as myself.