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.
The influence of the tools we use to make Music, on the Music we make.
There's a concept known as "The law of the instrument", otherwise known as "Maslow's hammer", which basically describes a propensity to rely upon familiar tools.
There's an old saying based on it, that goes something like...
"If the only tool you have is a hammer, it's tempting to treat everything as if it were a nail".
I find it interesting to apply this idea to the types of music people make, and I think a fair comparison might be... "If a person's only musical tool is a Beat making app, the music they create will likely take the form of Beats.
As I make my own music using lots of classic synth-type sounds, I enjoy what I create, but if step back and listen objectively, I sometimes think.. "That's sounds like 80's and 90's synth based music". And obviously it should, because I'm essentially making Music using (tools) emulations of 80's and 90's synths.
I think the particular point I'm trying to make. Is that it just might be interesting to experiment with different kinds of sounds and musical ideas in ways that push the boundaries of what we all tend to do similarly with the same types of musical tools.
I think for me, these thoughts resolve to a sort of personal challenge to just be aware of the "The law of the instrument", trying to be more aware, and think about ways to explore new sounds and musical structures. But I also don't want to make noise that isn't fun to listen to either.
Just sort of thinking out loud, and also interested in hearing other opinions.