Great news within the iOS music app development community today as the controversial app Audiobus has been approved by Apple and will show up in the App Store very soon! Where Virtual Midi was a great step forward in iOS music production, this app-to-app audio streaming technology should once again turbocharge your workflow on iPhone and iPad. Audiobus enables supported apps to have their audio in- and outputs connected through the app allowing you to create advanced signal chains in the process, kind of like a mobile Propellerheads Reason on your iPhone or iPad.
The Audiobus developers A Tasty Pixel and Audanika have overcome a lot of technical hurdles while developing their Audiobus app, collaborating with other close app developers testing out their technology. With Apple being on the fence for confirming a native inter-app audio technology for iOS 6, having the app approved today can really be seen as a breakthrough and reason to pop the champagne bottles.
When the selected group of developers has all implemented Audiobus technology in its apps, the Audiobus developers will open up the SDK to the public after everything is launched.
Beep Street, creators of the popular Sunrizer synth and iSequence for iPhone and iPad have just submitted a new app to Apple called Impaktor. From the video below you can instantly see this will be a whole new approach to iOS music making. Using the mic input on your iDevice, Impaktor will turn your deskdrumming into several cool-sounding drum or synth sequences that you can record over 6 tracks of audio. Let’s hope it will show up in the App Store soon!
Update: Impaktor is now available in the App Store!
Controlling your iPad synths with the on-screen keyboards can only get you so far. You can truly express yourself musically with a hardware midi controller connected through a midi interface for iPad or the Camera Connection Kit. However if you lack these accessories or you just don’t know how to play a keyboard good enough, the App Store provides more and more midi sequencing apps such as Genome that can control other apps through virtual midi. You can easily draw in your midi data and hear your synths play back your compositions. In this short tutorial I’ll explain how you can configure Genome MIDI Sequencer to control the all-new Cassini for iPad synth to demonstrate this process.
Animoog has become one of the most popular and versatile iOS synths around. The launch price of a dollar made it even that greater. Delving into the Animoog can be a little frustrating if you’re not a synth-veteran and the presets only get you so far. Check out the tutorial videos from Dubspot below that will leave you without any questions on how to create your own stunning Animoog patches from scratch.
The long awaited first update of Propellerhead’s addicting iOS app Figure has arrived in the App Store.
Besides overall performance fixes this update finally gives you the ability to save all the beats and grooves you’re laying down in the app as well
as an option to export your audio creations to iTunes’ File Sharing system. No more sampling your iPhone/iPad into your DAW to finish your Figure creations!