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.
Notion/Symphony Pro 5/Finale/MusicXML/MIDI
I feel complimentary this morning...
In 1974, as part of an MA Music curriculum, I took a course in music manuscript preparation. There were three primary ways to create music masters at that time, Letraset transfer, music typewriter, and handwritten. As computer printers improved, I watched the process evolve into the software apps available today. Before the iPad, I chose Finale as the program to best meet my needs, but since apps have become available for creating manuscript on the iPad, I purchased Symphony Pro 5, then most recently Notion.
I congratulate all three for their excellent implementation of the MusicXML standard for export/import. Each have their strengths and weaknesses for entering notes/symbols/etc into a project, but as a result of the MusicXML feature, manuscripts can easily be moved from one platform to another.
On top of that, the export to MIDI has been a fabulous way to sketch ideas on a staff and easily move it to a MIDI program (my choice is Xequence). After I purchased Notion, I created a short piece for three instruments, exported it to MIDI, opened the MIDI in Xequence, connected it to AUM, assigned sound sources and recorded the audio, all without a hitch, and in a very short amount of time. As a classically-trained musician, it’s easier and faster for me to put my thoughts on a staff, so I can get what I hear in my head to what I hear with my ears much more conveniently. Being able to get it into digital form then makes exploring ideas a snap.
For the iPad platform naysayers, I’d like to say that the ability to carry this functionality around with you wherever you go is priceless.