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.
Xequence + Audiobus + AUM, best practices for a complete music production environment
Now that the dust has settled a bit, here's a new section in the Xequence manual that's currently being finished, and I wanted to share it with the community because I think it is currently one of the best ways to get a full-featured, stable music production environment using these three apps:
- Xequence is the central control, composition and arrangement hub.
- Audiobus is used for fast switching between apps, for central transport control, and storing and recalling the entire project from a single location.
- AUM is used for hosting the actual synths and provides a comprehensive mixing environment.
Set this up using the following steps:
- Start with a blank Audiobus session.
- Go to the Audio screen, and load AUM into an Input (left / top) slot.
- In AUM, setup a channel for each synth you want to use, go to its menu, enable "AUM Destination", tap "None" under "Channel Filter", and then enable one of the 16 MIDI channels for each synth you load.
- Back in Audiobus, go to the MIDI screen, and load a single Xequence instance into an Input (left / top) slot (it doesn't matter which MIDI Out you select).
- Go to the Instruments screen (MIDI icon at the top left), and for each synth you created in AUM, create an Instrument.
- For each instrument in Xequence, tap the cogwheel to go to its settings, and tap "Select MIDI destination". In the dropdown, do not select "Audiobus". Instead, route the MIDI to AUM directly, and select the same MIDI channels you assigned in AUM.
To save the project, all that needs to be done is tap the folder icon in the bottom right corner of Audiobus, and then save a new Preset.
Everything is saved into this single preset: All Audiobus settings, the entire Xequence project, all connections between the apps, and the complete AUM setup! This can then even be shared easily using cloud services, and restores on any other device with a single tap.
What are your setups / what do you think can be improved? Share your thoughts below