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.
Recommendations on a Drum Machine App? + Reviews aplenty...
I wrote this list of Drum apps that I've been futzing with and thought I would share my 2c.
I do live looping, so I prefer to stay away from sampler/loopers though of course there's a fine line between what is a "Drum Machine" and what is a "Sampler/Groovebox"...At the very end I list a few apps which I haven't tried yet - perhaps you could help answer a few questions? Heck, I've had to split this post in two just to get it to post!
For me at least DM1 is the king of iPad Drum Apps. If it synced well with LoopyHD I would be a happy camper. But it doesn't.
Why DM1? It hits home on all of the following:
- A stepwise-sequencer grid which lets you see all 16 or 32(!) beats for ALL nine instruments at the same time and can be changed mid playback/on the fly.
- The ability to drag your finger through the grid to quickly turn on/off multiple pads - not have to tap tap tap every single square.
- Ability to create accented beats by double-tapping on the grid.
- Live performance drum "pads" which are pretty hard to miss
- MIDI Clock Compatibility
- Audiobus Compatibility
- Multiple patterns per song which can be changed on the fly.
- Landscape orientation
- A Dedicated "Mixer" which includes a Master volume control as well as individual pitch/pan/length/vol. settings per instrument
- The ability to change and load in ones own samples and create custom kits from a variety of sources.
- 2 XY-Pad FX controllers, both of which can record automation [This is not crucial to me personally, because I usually use Turnado for my FX, but it is really keen to have]
- A Warp/random function which can quickly be undone.
So that's what I love about it - program is logically divided up into four views: pads/grid/mixer/FX but it ain't perfect /yet/ - A few gripes:
- No triplet/tuplet/glitch-subsubdivision functions [I'm thinking of Pb Drummers excellent implementation of up to 16 slices being triggered per square] -
- Only has 9 sounds at a time, not a more, er, "contemporary" 16.
- It is stupidly easy to accidentally save over a completed project - the "file management" portion of songs n' such is pretty simple and borderline non-extant.
- No Sample "editing" - there's a length, but not like a waveform you can select through. At least, I haven't found that yet.
- Apparently its MIDI is problematic with many apps? I only worry about LoopyHD.