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.
Ask the Artist: @JoyceRoadStudios
@JoyceRoadStudios was hesitant to participate since he's a professional Opera Singer and we're not. But I suggested he just tell stories and he replied:
I will assume people understand that being an opera singer is like being a singing actor in full costume and makeup, singing in amplified over a full orchestra, 3-4 hour shows, and memorizing 500 page score in 5 different languages
OK... a few new tidbits there I didn't consider. I did know it's a full time job maintaining a voice that can produce that much sound acoustically but didn't think about the language or memory requirements so new information, right?
I’m not a typical opera singer in the sense that I’m just a dude who loves beer and happens to sing. I’ve toured with bands and have been accustomed to sleeping in beer soaked vans, yet I’ve also dined with royalty, sang for Obama and the CIA, all 9 justices, worked with people like Philip Glass and John De Lancie, so let me put this all together for you and we can go from there. Thank you for the opportunity.
He sketched a musical bio to show he hedged his bets so Covid-19 has totally destroyed his
sources of income. He has other skills as well:
I was singing since the age of 2. I would always sing from my grandmother’s window and the passersby wanted to know who the lovely soprano was.
In 1992 when I was 9 we immigrated to San Francisco from the defunct Soviet Union. I learned to speak English by watching Saved by the Bell and Batman cartoons. Always sang lead soprano in middle school choir. By 7th grade I was already 6’2” with a beard and bleached tips. I looked like the camp counselor in class photos.
All the pre-teen years were spent collecting records and listening to grunge, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Ice-T, and Whitney Houston.
By the time I was 12-13 my friend and I had a garage set up with a drum set, guitar/bass amps and SM 57s, and we started rocking out. I got my first guitar, an Epiphone LP copy.
In my first two years of playing guitar I spent 11 hours a day playing along with the radio until my fingers fell off. As a singer I always had a good ear so this way I learned to play guitar and figure out any song. Getting around the board and figuring out chords replaced technique and scales. So I became primarily an electric rhythm guitarist using only picks.
Joined my first rock band at 14 as lead singer and rhythm guitarist, it was called First World Menace. The drummer’s dad had a home studio in Berkeley so every Friday after school I’d take BART there for band practice. During practice breaks they’d all smoke cigs in the yard but I’d play drums instead. Then we would roll a fatty and go out for burritos. We played a bunch of local shows and AIDS benefit concerts and recorded a 5 song cassette demo. Just being able to play guitar and sing at the same time was formative.
Around 1998 I started recording my friend’s bands. I got one of those tall wheeled rack mount travel cases and filled it up with Furman preamps, EQs, mixers, signal processors etc... Got some SM57s/58s and a newly released Røde NT1, recorded everything in Cakewalk Pro Audio.
I saw pictures of Jeff Buckley and Chris Cornell playing Les Paul customs, so I worked two summer jobs and traded in my Epiphone copy, Aria Pro hollowbody, Line 6 Pod, and some cash, for a 1957 historic reissue black beauty. Around this time I also got a Mesa Boogie Trem-O-Verb 2x12 combo. Played the national anthem at the school rally with a rusty penny, having lost my picks. The tremolo effect with harmonics from the penny was rad. I also got the TC Electronics Chorus/Modulator/Flanger pedal and it became part of me and my sound.
Right before college I was juggling pitching on a baseball team, singing and acting in my first musical, playing in local bands. Played noise pop festival in Dolores Park. One of my teachers said I had a strong voice and should try classical music. I discovered Erlkönig and was hooked. We also went on a vacation to England where I saw performances of Peter Grimes, Prokofiev’s R&J, and Dvořák Cello Concerto. Started taking voice lessons with a local Bass. Also started getting into Gabber, Trance, and groups like Boards of Canada and Air.
Decided I wanted to be a music major, but was already enrolled to go to UC Santa Cruz. Figured I’d make the best of it, but it was better than I could have ever hoped.
Performed in my first opera as a freshman, a small role in a 90 minute one-act with no break called Gianni Schichhi. It was the most challenging thing I had ever done on my life, sweat pouring down my whole body. I decided this is exactly what I want to do with my life.
At the same time as majoring in voice I was playing lead guitar in a local noise goth band. It was very abrasive music that was both tightly rhythmic and often free of tonality and time signature, kind of like free jazz or a grungy jam band gone really really wrong. We signed to a small label and recorded 3 albums and toured the country 3 separate times, mostly excelling in alienating our audience and sleeping in every roach infested warehouse imaginable. One of our band members was a sax player who also played percussion along with the drummer, and he would find junk yards in every city we played in and haul pieces into the club to bang on. We all wore custom sewn outfits. When I was rehearsing opera in costume my band would show up and borrow all the crazy costumes and props, run around the corner and take promo shots for the band.
Singing opera was going well for me, so I quit the band and went to grad school at Indiana University in 2006. After that I got a job at the National Opera in DC, where I have logged almost 150 performances to date. So began my career as a self-employed opera singer, going from city to city, and living out of a suitcase. I have worked internationally with some of the most famous orchestras and symphonies. I’ve worked personally with people like Philip Glass, John De Lancie, Rossy de Palma, Michael Tilson Thomas, and many more. I’ve sung for the CIA at Langley, for all 9 Supreme Court Justices, and for the Obamas. I’ve performed the National Anthem for the Giants and Nationals. I’ve had a busy and varied career in music for over a decade that has been financially stable and has brought me to far off places for 10 months out of the year, and I couldn’t be more thankful.
As a self-employed contract worker, life on the road got lonely and repetitive, despite getting to be a singing actor for a living. So in my free time on the road I was either searching for local craft beer and making friends with brewers, or composing songs or ringtones in GarageBand. I even started a small venture where I would send people a 20 part questionnaire, and then I’d compose a one of a kind ringtone specifically for them.
I have written so many songs, beats, and ambient tracks over the years starting in my teens, and I’ve been waiting for years to have some time to get back to them and to my roots. Last year I started really getting into mobile music production and iOS. With the pandemic hitting the world this past winter, I suddenly found myself indefinitely unemployed with over a year’s worth of contracts cancelled or postponed. It was truly bad timing because it was about to be my most successful year both professionally and financially. So with all my newfound “free time”, a wife and toddler at home, I decided to build my home studio and get back in the game with gear both old and new. One thing I was certain about though is that it had to be mobile and iOS, so I got a new iPad and started learning apps and researching production techniques with the hope of equipping myself in the best way possible. I figured I could produce at home and on the road. Throughout this process I discovered the Audiobus forum, first as a long time observer and recently as a participant. Any question I had, any opinion I needed, any research I needed fleshed out, the forum already had all the answers archived. It became obvious that this was the community to be a part of, and even though my wallet has taken a hit with all these apps, I have become a full fledged music production machine and one man band. Currently I’m recording 2 full length albums, indie ballads I’ve composed over the years, and ambient instrumental music with both midi and audio. I’m learning so much along the way, and I thank you all.