Currently I use Ableton on my main system, which is great but you need pretty high specs to run and needs a few minutes at least to boot up. Which is fine but my free time is much more restricted these days. I'm looking to set up a small footprint/low power DAW or app so I can "jam" more readily when the mood strikes.
I have a Novation Launchpad Mini an LPD8 that I would love to be map instruments to and play without all the necessary space/hardware that Ableton requires. Even if it's just a basic piano and 808s that would make me very happy.
There are some Android apps that have MIDI input support, but they aren't the most user friendly and are usually ad supported. Also, there's not really a reliable way to hook up multiple MIDI devices to a phone--or charging concurrently while using other inputs (even if you have a split dongle).
My first choice would be a solution using Raspberry Pi or Chromebook (small footprint/low power/multiple ports), but I would also be interested in any low spec DAWs/MIDI controllers for PC. I'm willing to pay, I just haven't had any luck finding a good setup on my own. I don't need to be able to compose or save projects, just want to jam in real time. Thanks.