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.
Roli Blocks for iOS -- worth the frustration?
My son gave me 4 Lightpad and 2 Seaboard (keyboard) Roli blocks on indefinite loan. I've tried for the last week to figure out how to make them work as controllers for my iOS setup (with AUM as the nerve center). I seem to run into constraints and problems every step of the way. Is it just me? Roli and MPE technology seem to promise to be the controllers of the future. They're cool designs and cool looking. But if it's so frustrating now, will I ever want to trust them in my performance setup?
I did get them to control Zeeon as a test. But I have to have Noise running to get the iPad/bluetooth connection to work. The bluetooth connection in AUM is fickle. I've learned Dashboard, but my performance setup is pure iPad, no laptop.
Related question: which iOS make native use of MPE without lots of fiddling?
I've read other threads here about Roli and see mixed reactions. I'm asking afresh, and directly, for your opinions on the efficacy of Roli hardware as an iOS controller. I'm not interested in Roli as a stand-alone instrument and the sounds and synths that Roli pushes.