Audiobus: Use your music apps together.
What is Audiobus? — Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.Download on the App Store
Audiobus is the app that makes the rest of your setup better.
I have given MidiSTEPs a short tutorial for Auria on Auria forum. Today is the time for MidiSTEPs for Modstep!
What is really good about MidiSTEPs as a sequencer? It is good at sequencing a midi phrase then loop that phrase layering up to 4 channels with or not with the same instrument being used. The screen size for note editing is big enough and interface is efficient enough for fingering! At the same time of real-time looping, you can hold that phrase for instant editing for notes! In addition to the precise clock to send and receive midi notes, it allows you to plug 3rd party apps such as SpundPrism, Navichord, Chordup to record the melody and chord without hassling you or hurrying you or pushing you against tempo! You can input next note to MidiSTEPs after 5 minutes rest, it is still being recorded perfectly! The only drawback is there is no timing between notes being input into the grid, so your only option is to change the length and gaps between notes one by one slowly! As mentioned earlier, MidiSTEPs has efficient editing when doing real time editing, it is easy to be melodically within your mind what is needed for next notes to it!
Ok, on contrary, Modstep is so great to combine all apps to sequencing everything together for a whole song , has so many functionalities! It is particularly good at drum apps looping. However, it can not cover such big ambition without sacrificing details! What details, You ask? Well, it is so difficult to manipulate notes on grids! You have to touch this and that to change things and losing sight on what intended to do, so you can not concentrate your mind to a single purpose, which is to fill precise notes on grids! Even though you has 'chase' button on, you have to adjust octavs with circle, you have to take care many corrections with fear on crashes, on unsaved, on every level with apps compatibility issues, on many flips to finish some part of jobs! Yes, I agree on real time performance it shines with hardware synths but to construct song on it; well, go straight to Gadget or Auria could be better option for you! Let's not to say it is of no use on Modstep! It is the biggest achievement to allow you to play hundred apps options.
My goal here is to make myself a better work flow on Modstep to find out how to sequence it with my comfort zone. I like the way of MidiSTEPs, I know the in and out of midiSTEPs. So let's do the work!