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.

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  • It seems like corrupted installation. If hard reboot didn’t work, backup ,uninstall and reinstall.
    (and be patient on rescanning all plugins .... )

  • Could also be the ZenBeats just assumes that a user never deletes any AUv3...
    ...and does doesn't do any check if the AUv3 used by the session is still installed.

  • @MAtrixplan said:
    anyone used support ticket to ask for something? I send few questions and... nothing :(

    I have also gotten a response back. It did take several days.

  • @Korakios said:
    It seems like corrupted installation. If hard reboot didn’t work, backup ,uninstall and reinstall.
    (and be patient on rescanning all plugins .... )

    Uninstalled and reinstalled. Still can’t open the songs.

    @Samu said:
    Could also be the ZenBeats just assumes that a user never deletes any AUv3...
    ...and does doesn't do any check if the AUv3 used by the session is still installed.

    I exported the songs to Google drive and can open them with my old iPad running iOS 13 and Zenbeats 1.3. (I’m on Zb 2.0.3 and iOS 14). There’s plugins missing in my old iPad and it just ignores them (with a missing plugin notice in the slot).
    I contacted Zenbeats Support.
    This is a real killer.

  • @tahiche said:

    @Korakios said:
    It seems like corrupted installation. If hard reboot didn’t work, backup ,uninstall and reinstall.
    (and be patient on rescanning all plugins .... )

    Uninstalled and reinstalled. Still can’t open the songs.

    @Samu said:
    Could also be the ZenBeats just assumes that a user never deletes any AUv3...
    ...and does doesn't do any check if the AUv3 used by the session is still installed.

    I exported the songs to Google drive and can open them with my old iPad running iOS 13 and Zenbeats 1.3. (I’m on Zb 2.0.3 and iOS 14). There’s plugins missing in my old iPad and it just ignores them (with a missing plugin notice in the slot).
    I contacted Zenbeats Support.
    This is a real killer.

    I had this issue with one specific song. Solved it by saving the song in Google Drive, opening it in the Windows version, switching all the missing iOS plugins to core ZenBeats plugins, saving back to Google Drive and the reopening in the iOS version. You can then add the plugins back in one by one, maybe saving a new version of the song each time you do it in case it breaks again (but you've always got the Windows version to fall back on).

    If you can't even open the song in Windows, try one of the Backup copies that ZenBeats automatically creates in the Backup folder in each individual song folder. You'll need to rename the file extension to .song which again I think you can only do in Windows.

  • Freezing for me now when I try and load a sample to the drum machine. Going to delete and reinstall

  • @Schpeiss said:
    Still no native iCloud or Dropbox sync integration. This is keeping me away from being productive. I have unsynced started projects on my iPad, my Mac and my iPhone. Manually syncing the projects is risky, since you always have to know or check on which device you created the latest changes. So I’m just leaving the started projects on the devices and wait for a native iCloud or Dropbox support. Gadget has the cloud sync perfectly integrated. Since I have already paid subscriptions for iCloud and Dropbox I‘m not willing to create a Google Drive or Onedrive account only for Zenbeats.

    If this is blocking your creativity I’d better use Google Drive. The free plan will be enough for thousand of songs. You don’t need to install any Google Drive client software. It’s quite useful to have a Google account anyway as they offer a lot of great products.

  • Does the V2 upgrade just get you the presets for the new synth?

  • @charalew said:

    @tahiche said:

    @Korakios said:
    It seems like corrupted installation. If hard reboot didn’t work, backup ,uninstall and reinstall.
    (and be patient on rescanning all plugins .... )

    Uninstalled and reinstalled. Still can’t open the songs.

    @Samu said:
    Could also be the ZenBeats just assumes that a user never deletes any AUv3...
    ...and does doesn't do any check if the AUv3 used by the session is still installed.

    I exported the songs to Google drive and can open them with my old iPad running iOS 13 and Zenbeats 1.3. (I’m on Zb 2.0.3 and iOS 14). There’s plugins missing in my old iPad and it just ignores them (with a missing plugin notice in the slot).
    I contacted Zenbeats Support.
    This is a real killer.

    I had this issue with one specific song. Solved it by saving the song in Google Drive, opening it in the Windows version, switching all the missing iOS plugins to core ZenBeats plugins, saving back to Google Drive and the reopening in the iOS version. You can then add the plugins back in one by one, maybe saving a new version of the song each time you do it in case it breaks again (but you've always got the Windows version to fall back on).

    If you can't even open the song in Windows, try one of the Backup copies that ZenBeats automatically creates in the Backup folder in each individual song folder. You'll need to rename the file extension to .song which again I think you can only do in Windows.

    This is such a deal breaker. It really, really sucks.
    If it was a case of missing plugins it would crash in my old iPad, where I’m missing some plugins. But it opens fine on my old iPad.
    So it’s either

    • some AUV3 plugin that validates but makes it crash on load
    • iOS 14
    • Zenbeats 2 or the latest 2.0.3 update.
      Thanks to Apple I can’t roll back my iOS version or Zenbeats version, so either I figure it out or I throw it all out.

    Here’s an update:

    If I export the song form old iPad as is, just removing the missing plugins, it still crashes.

    I’ve tried exporting removing some plugins... That’s me assuming it’s a plugin. It’s the only explanation as to why some songs load and some don’t.,, so Sherlock. What plugin do I use extensively that’s used in these songs in my old iPad?. NuRack. I love NuRack.
    So I remove NuRack, export to google drive. Voila, the song now opens.

    Another song that won’t open, open it in my old ipad. Hello NuRack, you’re there. This should be meaningful.
    Remove NuRack, export. Bingo, the song opens.

    So my 3-times-is-good-enough methodical approach points at NuRack. Either it hates iOS 14, Zenbeats 2 or both.
    Does that excuse Zenbeats?. No, it doesn’t. Why did NuRack pass the tests?. An app shouldn’t crash like that, with no possible recovery if one plugin fails. It should open in “recovery mode” with no plugins, give you a crash log or something. I feel like it’s bound to happen again. I’m gonna update Zenbeats support on this, in case they want to look into it.
    Now I’m scared and insecure. I want a Deluge.

  • So ,if you create a new project and add nurack does it crash ?

  • @Korakios said:
    So ,if you create a new project and add nurack does it crash ?

    You want to make me even more miserable?. What the hell. Let’s see.
    If I remember correctly I have no problem adding NuRack, it crashes afterwards when opening the project. Although I have to say NuRack occasionally stopped making sound. But that also happens with Woot, for example, and other dodgy ones like Dubstation being mono... I’ll give it a try.

  • No, it didn’t crash. New song, added NuRack, saved, opened, Go figure.
    I also just updated iOS to 14.1 who knows... sadly I’m gonna avoid NuRack for now until (if) I get some feedback.
    Cheers!

  • @tahiche said:
    No, it didn’t crash. New song, added NuRack, saved, opened, Go figure.
    I also just updated iOS to 14.1 who knows... sadly I’m gonna avoid NuRack for now until (if) I get some feedback.
    Cheers!

    There were previously issues with Virsyn plugins but these were fixed in the latest release so there's good reason to believe there'll fix it once they know about it.

  • Hi @tahiche,

    Sounds like you're having a nasty issue. PM me so we can setup a time to connect and get more details and let me know if you'd be up for sharing a song file that is having the issue.

    @tahiche said:

    @charalew said:

    @tahiche said:

    @Korakios said:
    It seems like corrupted installation. If hard reboot didn’t work, backup ,uninstall and reinstall.
    (and be patient on rescanning all plugins .... )

    Uninstalled and reinstalled. Still can’t open the songs.

    @Samu said:
    Could also be the ZenBeats just assumes that a user never deletes any AUv3...
    ...and does doesn't do any check if the AUv3 used by the session is still installed.

    I exported the songs to Google drive and can open them with my old iPad running iOS 13 and Zenbeats 1.3. (I’m on Zb 2.0.3 and iOS 14). There’s plugins missing in my old iPad and it just ignores them (with a missing plugin notice in the slot).
    I contacted Zenbeats Support.
    This is a real killer.

    I had this issue with one specific song. Solved it by saving the song in Google Drive, opening it in the Windows version, switching all the missing iOS plugins to core ZenBeats plugins, saving back to Google Drive and the reopening in the iOS version. You can then add the plugins back in one by one, maybe saving a new version of the song each time you do it in case it breaks again (but you've always got the Windows version to fall back on).

    If you can't even open the song in Windows, try one of the Backup copies that ZenBeats automatically creates in the Backup folder in each individual song folder. You'll need to rename the file extension to .song which again I think you can only do in Windows.

    This is such a deal breaker. It really, really sucks.
    If it was a case of missing plugins it would crash in my old iPad, where I’m missing some plugins. But it opens fine on my old iPad.
    So it’s either

    • some AUV3 plugin that validates but makes it crash on load
    • iOS 14
    • Zenbeats 2 or the latest 2.0.3 update.
      Thanks to Apple I can’t roll back my iOS version or Zenbeats version, so either I figure it out or I throw it all out.

    Here’s an update:

    If I export the song form old iPad as is, just removing the missing plugins, it still crashes.

    I’ve tried exporting removing some plugins... That’s me assuming it’s a plugin. It’s the only explanation as to why some songs load and some don’t.,, so Sherlock. What plugin do I use extensively that’s used in these songs in my old iPad?. NuRack. I love NuRack.
    So I remove NuRack, export to google drive. Voila, the song now opens.

    Another song that won’t open, open it in my old ipad. Hello NuRack, you’re there. This should be meaningful.
    Remove NuRack, export. Bingo, the song opens.

    So my 3-times-is-good-enough methodical approach points at NuRack. Either it hates iOS 14, Zenbeats 2 or both.
    Does that excuse Zenbeats?. No, it doesn’t. Why did NuRack pass the tests?. An app shouldn’t crash like that, with no possible recovery if one plugin fails. It should open in “recovery mode” with no plugins, give you a crash log or something. I feel like it’s bound to happen again. I’m gonna update Zenbeats support on this, in case they want to look into it.
    Now I’m scared and insecure. I want a Deluge.

  • @Diffrenzy said:
    This automation ( for Koala FX) works, and was recorded with a midi controller.
    When I try to edit the track, it is not shown in the editor.
    I can paint new automation ( even for the same parameter) , but the midi entered automation is not shown.
    Does someone know if this is a bug, or if there is another way to view and edit the midi recorded data?

    Since you recorded it with a MIDI CC, theres a good chance it got embedded into the pattern. Try going into the pattern and editing the automation there.

  • @oddSTAR said:
    I've noticed that when you adjust the loop start point for a sample that it is quite prone to creating pops and clicks in Zenbeats. It is messing with some otherwise great projects I've been working with. I know this is common when manually creating loops and how to minimize that, but is there a trick in Zenbeats to avoid it or anything that could be optimized (like a tiny Crossfade) to avoid the artifacts?

    This is something we are looking into. Stay tuned

  • Hi 🙋🏻
    Since I’ve recently had to reinstall, I’m thinking about organizing my samples.
    I’d like to hear how you organize your sample library, folder structure, tips, etc. The way I was doing it was just dropping whatever library in the sample folder. Problem was that deep folder nesting made the sound browser in ZB really crowded. That is, if a library has various kits and a folder structure like: “kits/808/BD/kick1.wav”, you quickly end up having hundreds of folders in the browser.
    Do you rename samples?. Organize them by kit or instrument type?.

  • edited October 2020

    @tahiche

    This is what I have done. Go into the files app and go to Zenbeats user/audiosamples. I created new folders for what ever... you can do it how ever you want. Then when you go to add a sample you can see in the drop down different folders in user. Place your samples how you like in the folders.


  • Hi @onerez , yeah that’s how I do it too. The problem is if you start adding different library’s to have a healthy amount of choices... In the screenshot I post just the sp1200 sample library has like 50 folders inside. And that’s just one library, so I end up with hundreds of folders (or sub folders) in the browser. In your screenshot there’s 9 folders which is nice and manageable. That’s why I’m wondering if there’s a better method that can keep things tidy.

  • @tahiche ..... dude I hear ya... my samples are a MESS!!! I have them all over the place. DropBox, Computer, IPad... 😂. One day I will try to fix them up. Have a good one!!

  • Hmmm....

    Don't know if it's only me but sometimes the note-editor in ZenBeats stops to responding.
    No way to select, move or add note-events using touch gestures.(The left side inspector works but...).

    Only way to regain editing capabilities is to force-quit the app and relaunch it again...

    Maybe this is a know issue and will get fixed in the next update?!
    I'm on an iPad Air 2, iPadOS14.1.
    (I've had the same happen on my iPhone 8 as well so it's not specific to iPad Air 2).

    Cheers!

  • Same here (Air2 iOS 13) , but can’t reproduce it ,it seems completely random
    Also it’s a bit confusing that the way to select notes is choosing the ‘multi tool’ instead of the ‘select’ tool

  • Hi again, I love this forum 😂
    I’m trying to figure out how to couple a Drum Machine/sequencer with Zenbeats. In this case it’s Drambo, but it’d be the same with any instrument that has its own sequencer and patterns (I’m guessing EG Pulse, Octachron, etc...). You have to sync the ZB timeline or clips with the patterns in Drambo. That means tell Drambo what pattern to play at a given time, either on the timeline or on a clip.

    I can map pattern change in Drambo to a note, cc message and so on...
    The logical way would be to add a midi cc message. But a) Drambo parameters are not exposed to ZB automation page and b) even if they were, you can’t see the actual value so in practice it’s virtually impossible to add a midi cc value.
    So I managed to do it with notes. Mapped Drambo to note 36 (C2) for pattern 1 and note 37 for pattern 2. It “sort of” works. Patterns do change but:

    • besides changing the pattern the note triggers the pad in Drambo. Makes sense, there’s probably a way around this, I’ll focus on this if I can get the patterns changing ok. Becasuse next ...
    • Pattern change occurs a cycle late. If I’m on Zb clip/scene 1 and change to 2, Drambo will stay in 1 for the clip length until it finds the note again.

    Here’s some screenshots:


    Has anyone managed to do this?. Or do you not use sequencers besides Zenbeats’ own?. I really like and want to use the “probability” and randomizing features of some of these sequencers (Drambo, DigiStix, Octachron...), i find that it humanizes and slices up songs and makes them more interesting. Would love to know if any of you have gotten around this. Cheers!

  • edited October 2020

    Maybe adding the pattern change trigger on the end of the clip ?

  • The new Mixtape Vol. 5 shows off a bit of what the ZC-1 is capable of if/when we get full editing capabilities for it :)

  • edited October 2020

    @Korakios said:
    Maybe adding the pattern change trigger on the end of the clip ?

    That would mean you could only play a sequence once. It’d reach the end and change the pattern. Usually you’d play a sequence, say 8 times during a verse, and then change to a chorus.
    But that’s probably what’s happening, the note is reaching Drambo just after it already started playing so it waits for the next go.
    Edit: that would probably work in song/linear mode, if you place the note before the next beat. I was trying it in clip mode. I much prefer clip mode to work and try ideas. That’s actually one of my favorite features of Zenbeats.

  • I know it’s just a workaround, but if you want to use that in clip instead of timeline mode you can always resize the clip pattern to 8 bars
    Not perfect because you loose the clip jam but better than nothing .
    Not a Drambo user , but worth checking if there is a setting to change a pattern immediately

  • .

    @Korakios said:
    I know it’s just a workaround, but if you want to use that in clip instead of timeline mode you can always resize the clip pattern to 8 bars
    Not perfect because you loose the clip jam but better than nothing .
    Not a Drambo user , but worth checking if there is a setting to change a pattern immediately

    You da man!. That was key.

    There’s a small gap but totally acceptable for my needs.
    Also I think I figured out how to not trigger the pads with the note, there’s a “trigger” setting, when un selected it just changes pattern.
    So it looks like we’re getting there!. Breakthrough!.

    Ok, I also tried setting up Drambo as a midi plugin to sequence Zenbeats drum instrument. Also working. In this is case there’s no “Trigger” setting in Drambo, since it’s ZB drums doing the sound, so I found an ugly workaround that seems to work. Again, midi map Drambo patterns, in this case note 36 & 37. That’s the first 2 instruments in a Zb drum. So you put a note to change the pattern BUT ser velocity to zero. It changes the pattern but doesn’t make a sound.


    @Korakios that “immediate pattern change” setting the was the key. This seems workable. Now I have to decide if I use Drambonas just a sequencer or also for sounds, I see pro and cons.

  • @MatthewAtZenbeats said:

    @oddSTAR said:
    I've noticed that when you adjust the loop start point for a sample that it is quite prone to creating pops and clicks in Zenbeats. It is messing with some otherwise great projects I've been working with. I know this is common when manually creating loops and how to minimize that, but is there a trick in Zenbeats to avoid it or anything that could be optimized (like a tiny Crossfade) to avoid the artifacts?

    This is something we are looking into. Stay tuned

    Hi Matthew, if you are working on a way to eliminate pops/clicks in audio in Zenbeats (like a tiny cross fade as oddSTAR suggested), would it also work for clips? I’m adjusting the length of loops within clips but when they transition from one clip to another with the same loop I’m getting terrible pops and clicks. Cheers for all your hard work!

  • Is there a set of decent tutorials around for the 2.0 version?

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