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.
Is TriqTraq the OP-1 of iOS? Or Is It the Digikat?
The short answer to both questions is no. But still...
TriqTraq just had an update that added a few sounds, and it made me jump back in. It's great, and I'm trying to smoke out any TriqTraq experts so I can see how they play with this amazing tool. Would love to hear tips from others. Particularly workflow for exporting stems.
First, let me say this: I don't really know what I'm talking about. I do not own an OP-1 (the sampling synthesizer by Teenage Engineering). Nor do I own an Elektron Digitakt, a sampling drum machine. But I have coveted both for a long time and have watched a shameful number of videos of how they work, so I feel as if I understand them.
TriqTraq is a sampling sequencer. It has no oscillators, no instruments of its own. It has only four monophonic tracks.
These very limitations remind me of what people say about the OP-1, specifically that it's limited options are what make it so inspiring. I sometimes wish that I could have more than four tracks in TriqTraq, but then I bet I'd never arrive at the sparse melodies I come up with. Plus it has Ableton export, so I can replace or add to the drum tracks, which tend to be the weakest aspect of TriqTraq.
But its strength is its easy sample import (Audioshare) and step modulation. The modulation is what reminds me of the Digitakt. (https://www.elektron.se/products/digitakt/ "Digitakt"). TriqTraq doesn't have many parameters — pitch, decay, delay send, filter — but these can be adjusted step by step. In fact, they can have a different length than the pattern being sequenced, so your filter can sweep through the bass pattern at either half the rate or twice the rate of the notes.
The downside: It's portrait mode only.
The considerable upside: $4.99 for TriqTraq. (Digitakt is $679, and OP-1 is $899 — if you can find them.)