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.
AUM plus (discussion)
AUM is now my most used app period.
I can see why it is a popular app and why the developer seems to desire to keep it from feature bloat. Sometimes, an apps seeming simplicity of design hides what is complexity in nature of great design.
I would however like to see an AUM that steps up just a few more notches in complexity of features. Towards a full blown DAW, but not that of the old tired paths travelled - something that keeps its simplicity of design, keeps its modular nature, but goes even further towards a unique touchscreen experience.
I sometimes spend hours just admiring the design and thoughtful nature behind some of the iOS apps that say - “I was made for touchscreen”. Things like: The Seline Redux keyboards, TC-11, DrumJam, Spacecraft, Borderlands, Borderlands, Etc etc.
Imagine an AUM that takes the principles of the best of iOS touch apps to heart, keeps its current simplicity to start, but takes a modular approach to its role within the iOS music making environment. Not full DAW as we know it, but something else.
Here’s a few ideas:
Imagine an extension to AUM that is the timeline of a traditional DAW. Now you’ve spent three hours making some of the usual AUM tracks filled with AU this and AU that. Now you select each lane you want to transfer to the Timeline app. One button press after a few selections and all your tracks chosen are now in place on their own timeline tracks, with all the fx in place and already in groups!
To make the selection process easy, a graphic representation of each track could be grabbed and then slide it into a grouping circle. Simple touch screen choices (and probably some complex programming) overlay of what are time consuming and complex procedures that ruin that artistic groove.
Nanostudio 2s design shows much promise, but lacks that final hurdle towards the basic needed to be a DAW. AUM gives us the simplicity and speed for creativity, but becomes a barrier to the continuation of musical process - it stops at its own selfish design pleasures and leaves us wanting just a bit more. IMO modularity is the answer.
Modularity. Not within a singular app, but with clever communication between apps. As above - keeping AUM simple, but adding optional further complexity of process and features, but trying to avoid the complexity of using the processes.
Ideas. Thoughts. Musings.