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.
iPad 4 or iPad AiR?
Here's the situation:
I used to own an iPad 4 64gb that i'd scored for a song ( $ 400). I sold it shortly before the AiR's came out (for $ 100 more than I paid) expecting a RAM bump to 2 gigs, and obviously that did not happen, so I've been on the fence about the iPad 4 again, or the iPad AiR. In the meantime it was time for a phone upgrade, so I got the iPhone 5s, which has been great, but the screen too small for some serious work. After reading countless forums complaining about the RAM demands of the 64 bit processor i'm still debating what to do. I'm interesting in hearing from users who have used both the 4 and the AiR for serious use with Audiobus and interapp audio, and how they compare in terms of performance and RAM usage.
So far I've broken down the pros and cons of each:
- robust and more durable design with double pane glass
- 1 GB RAM running on 32 bit (less likely to overload and crash?)
- still decent performing processor
- heavier and more cumbersome to hold (more an issue with reading and web browsing)
- a 32 bit processor with last year's technology
- unknown performance with audiobus 2 and heavier interapp audio use.
- Latest technology (64 bit)
- Between 40-70% more cpu power (how many more simultaneous pro apps and better latency?)
- lighter and thinner (easier to hold)
- Less durable construction with single pane glass (that feels spongy to the touch)
- More crash prone, 1GB RAM being stretched to the limit on 64-bit architecture
- More expensive
- Could be the next iPad 3 that is quickly replaced by a more powerful unit with 2GB or more RAM?
So given this information, what are your thoughts on the two units, and could you briefly discuss your experiences mainly with the AiR and how it has compared to the 4 since you upgraded.
I want to use 2 or 3 of the more hungry instruments at a time to feed either beatmaker 2 or Auria and use effects slots as well with apps like tornado, and am interested in exploring interapp audio a bit as well. I'm a Cubase user on the PC, thinking about sketching ideas in Cubasis and opening the projects on my DAW.
I was just getting into the whole iOS music thing when I sold my previous iPad, and I've sort of lost my bearings!
Thanks for the help!