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.
OT: Synth Leads (your favorite patchs, apps, hardware, techniques, players?)
Synth (and other) leads. Your preferences... what, how, and who?
Lately, I’ve been enjoying jamming with keyboard leads of various kinds over drum and bass sequences. Genre doesn’t particularly matter. Electronica, funk, rock, pop, jazz. (Well, my version of jazz anyway. Call it “half-azzed jazz” or “happy accidentals”, lol).
Usually, i like a single-oscillator saw wave with some resonance, for a kind of funky “wah-wah” sound. But other types are nice, too. Such as square, sine, and sync leads. Mostly, I’d think that leads are monophonic, but sometimes it’s nice to use a polyphonic patch, mostly playing single notes but being able to throw in a chord when needed. Bass patches played up a few octaves often work.
I’m mainly using a Korg Microstation and M3 for keys and sounds. The mini keys on the Microstation actually are a benefit for doing quick riffs, slides, and easily reaching an octave or more with injuring the hand. The joystick controllers on both keyboards are wonderful for doing quick pitch bends (of +/- 2), And usually having vibrato on the Y+ axis, with some filter or effect on the Y- (down). Two fingers, four possible controls... nice. (I’d like a foot controller like that. There’s the Touchè, for around $400... maybe one day, lol).
Lotsa good apps for this on iOS, of course. Zeeon, Korg ODYSSEi, iMS-20, and IMono/Poly, and Moog apps come to mind. Haven’t tried Pure Synth Platinum or Shockwave, but i bet they’re great for such sounds. Bebot is nice (using the iPad as a controller).
Players i find inspiring include the fusion masters like Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa, etc. But really any soloist (of any genre) is fair game for inspiring synth leads, it seems. To throw in a short riff from a well-known piece is fun, and a tribute to some wonderful songs. (While neatly sidestepping the “sampling”/ copyright issue. 😂) Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughn, many different scat singers, harmonica players and other amazing soloists. If I could play any Mozart or Beethoven melodies, I’d include them too, lol. Nursery rhymes are more my speed. 😄
So... what are preferences when it comes to “lead sounds”? 🎺🎷🎸