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.
Now that the smoke has cleared from yesterday’s Apple conference it’s time to take a closer look at the iPhone 5. There were no shocking big surprises or technologies that hadn’t leaked before the conference. In general the new iPhone is thinner, faster and it sports a bigger screen. How will it impact the music producers, composers and sound designers that have incorporated iOS in their studio or live setup? Let’s take a look at the features that may or may not change the way you’re using your iPhone for music production right now.
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!
You don’t have to carry around a heavy bag full of equipment anymore to make recordings on-the-go. A smartphone, tablet or tiny laptop can be all you need nowadays. However, if you’re aiming to be a professional it’s important to have your incoming audio be of the highest quality possible. Luckily it’s perfectly possible to achieve a high-quality recording with the microphones and accessories available today. The Apogee MiC is such a accessory, a portable USB-microphone that can also connect to your iPhone and iPad. Is this little mic worthy of the Apogee brand and suitable for the demanding mobile musician?
IK Multimedia, known for their iRig and iRig Midi devices that allow you to take your mobile music making into the studio have now introduced a keyboard controller that’s compatible with iPhone, iPad (CoreMidi) and Mac/PC. Conveniently named the iRig KEYS, the controller spans 3 octaves of velocity-sensitive keys, pitch- & mod wheels and is bus- and dock-powered. Unfortunately there is no way to charge your iDevice while playing, but the iRig KEYS does offer you true portability being slim-sized and lightweight. With the iRig KEYS you’ll also get a version of Sampletank, an unlocked Sampletank FREE for iPhone / iPad and Sampletank 2 L for PC/Mac to start playing around with.
We think this is a great device for when you’re only rocking an iPhone and no controller + iRig Midi yet. Because you can connect this keyboard to a wide variety of sources it looks like a handy gadget to keep around in your backpack at all times. The extra octave over the LPK25 makes it that more appealing. Let’s hope the playability factor is strong with this one.
The iRig KEYS should ship this autumn and you can place your pre-order for $99.99 / €74.99 on the official IK Multimedia website.
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.
You gotta love the classic AKAI MPC 2000 (XL). It has been the foundation for many timeless hip-hop and R&B classics. If only we could bring back this same hands-on producing experience to this modern day and age. That’s what AKAI Pro must have thought when they came up with the MPC Fly. The Fly is, along with the MPC Studio and MPC Renaissance one of three new MPC models that AKAI wants to bring on the market this year.
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!