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.

Random MacOS questions from a Windows user

1568101119

Comments

  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021

    I've used up my entire popcorn reserves by now 😂 but I like it. I had a very similar experience with macOS as you know, and it's good to see I'm not crazy 🥳

    I guess as long as you don't try to do anything remotely "sophisticated" with macOS (like, networking, window management, file management, strange display setups, etc.) and do everything "the Apple way" and don't ask too many questions, it "Kind Of Just Works" if you stick to the very basics.

    (I'm still completely baffled though why you're using Windows for your regular desktop computer. Given your insane (but good) need for control and the fact that you use Linux on servers all the time anyway, you should totally be running KDE Neon 😁)

  • You can call it the "Square Peg into a Round Hole" channel.

  • edited January 2021

    @tja said:
    What I noticed while testing AirDrop:

    My Mac knew my WiFi password!

    I cannot remember to ever have typed this in!

    If you're sharing the keychain via iCloud this is where it's probably picking up the WiFI code from. I've noticed that before between Apple devices. Some might call it convenience? I feel for your frustration. I've been hanging back from going into Big Sur because of the potential issues and right now all my software works. With every iteration of the OS they change something that breaks a whole pile of other things. I think they might actually go out of their way to do this. It always seems to be in the name of security. Seems like that once they go through about the first year of a major system update that things settle down eventually. It's a business practice which annoys me and if I enjoyed doing music on a Linux computer I would probably not have bothered in getting another Mac. For that purpose alone it keeps me in there.

  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • @tja said:
    I like to use Excel, and I used to play games (mostly CounterStrike 1.5)...
    So, I needed Windows :smile:

    Does it have to be explicitly Excel? There's a ton of spreadsheet software available for Linux that can read and write both XLS and XLSX (LibreOffice, OnlyOffice, WPS Office, etc...) -- also, Steam:

    I have contact to Linux since the early 199*, got it on a set of disks - but rarely ever used it as desktop system.

    Yeah, I had my first experience 1997 with SuSE Linux 6.1 on CD-ROM :D

    Never mind then, whatever floats your boat :)

  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • @tja said:
    Another Random Question:

    "Screen Sharing" seems to be a VNC server (why can't Apple simply use the regular names for things, instead of making up new names?) ...

    And "Remote Management" is mainly "Apple Remote Desktop", which seems to be an incompatible variant of "Microsoft Remote Desktop".

    But while ARD can partly or maybe even totally be encrypted, I find no way to use VNC encrypted.

    But when I enable Remote Management, it seems that also VNC get's enabled ... which I of course don't want!

    Any way to disable the unencrypted VNC port or force it to only accept encrypted connections?

    I don't think that it can be changed to use encryption, so totally disabling it would be better.

    Also, I am not sure that i could use ARD from an iPad at all.
    Maybe this is only possible with VNC.

    But without encryption, I would then rather stop this service and only use Remote Login (which is Apple's way to write "ssh daemon" .... again, WHY Apple?) instead.

    There is a program for the iPad which makes use of ARD

    https://apps.apple.com/au/app/remote-desktop-manager/id1039961293

    I haven't used it recently, but it has been solid over the years for remote access with ARD.

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • @tja said:

    @Masanga said:
    The venerable BBEdit is a very popular and versatile paid editor worth checking out. I've been using it so long that I don't really know whether it's actually better, but it does almost everything I want (and Nisus does all the rest - alongside DEVONthink, it's one of the all-time Mac killer apps).

    Will try out BBEdit too, thanks!
    EDIT: It now seems to require a subscription ... I would rather prefer to buy something, but SubEthaEdit may be enough already.

    That puzzled me at first, as I've never been asked to subscribe and have been receiving updates normally; it turns out it's only the Mac App Store version of BBEdit that has gone subscription. Unlike the iOS App Store, the Mac App Store does allow developers to sell their software both through the store and direct to customers, sometimes in slightly different versions where the App Store imposes limitations the direct-sales version can bypass – and BBEdit is still available as a one-time-purchase directly from their website, which also offers a 30-day free trial. (As you've been instructively documenting in this thread, it's often preferable to go around Apple rather than through them…)

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • You can just return it if you are in the 14 day return window if you don’t like it. Maybe it’s different for you, but in US and Canada it’s 14 day. It seems like you have one problem after another. So, probably getting rid of it and going back to what you were doing before is the way to go.

    The terms and conditions you agreed to advised they cannot guarantee that you will enjoy the product or operating system. Or at least they say so in the US.

    There is the feedback system, and if you have a legitimate bug and not just “expected behavior” you can call Apple support and stay on the line for a few hours and have them test this and that and then submit logs to engineering, etc.

    I’m on Big Sur as I have a new M1 and my old 2012 Mini is on Catalina and I have File/Screen Sharing set up between them. I don’t notice that much of a difference between the two for the most part. I’m definitely having a few strange problems I don’t feel like calling support and spending hours on, which are likely M1 and not Big Sur issues. I have completely isolated the issues to the cause in fact, other than when the left 1/5 of the screen becomes the right 1/5 of the screen and it shakes. I’m also just doing basic things more or less. I didn’t mind Windows 7, but I cannot stand Windows 10. I use Linux sometimes, but only for things here and there. Big Sur for me is still preferable to all of these. That is just me.

  • This is just another classic case of 'using' & 'using' a computer :)

    I'm fed up with everything called 'system administration' (used to work +20 years as PC/Win tech support so I know that 'sh*t').
    When I need to find files or launch apps I just use spotlight and when needed set up Smart Folders to categorize the files etc.

    I like IDAM and both Renoise and LogicPro, Live Lite, SunVox etc. work without any issues.

    macOS will never be like Windows and trying to force it to be will fail big time and be an exercise in handling frustrations.

    If 100% 'system control' is needed there's always various Linux distros and those may be a better fit for those wanting to configure their system to death...

    For me personally macOS doesn't 'get in the way' and I can focus on using it for the stuff I actually want to do.

    Cheers!

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021

    @tja said:

    Another example of this, seems to be the web-browser Safari:

    For the death of me, I cannot find a way to get Safari display the URL of a link when hovering above it with the mouse.

    Like this?

    (Just select show status bar from the view menu)

    There's plenty of other Safary settings lurking in when enabling the Development menu.

    Cheers!

  • edited January 2021

    @tja said:
    After getting "more" comfortable, I will try to program for iDevices.

    Why don't you use the Mac strictly for XCode only, and keep doing absolutely everything else on your "normal" computer? (which is what I do). i.e., just use it headless via VNC (which is more than good enough for some light Xcode clicking around). Then you don't have to deal with all the "wider" OS / usability problems the platform has. I even go as far as doing all code editing and project management in a different IDE (running on my main desktop computer) and I really only use XCode for compiling, publishing to the App Store, and debugging.

    Judging from this thread and all the (understandable) gripes you're having, it probably doesn't make sense trying to force the square peg into the round hole just for the sake of iOS programming :D

    Another example of this, seems to be the web-browser Safari:

    For the death of me, I cannot find a way to get Safari display the URL of a link when hovering above it with the mouse.

    It simply does not give out any information to where this link is leading!

    Apple may think links may look too "intimidating" for average "consumers" :D but this whole "information hiding" thing is going on everywhere really on all platforms... take the average email client which goes out of its way to hide the actual email addresses and instead display "friendly" names. (which makes the user much more susceptible to scams). In most of today's email clients, you CAN'T actually display the actual email addresses anymore! (I remember patching the last webmail client I used in various places to display the damn email addresses (the <...> part) instead of whatever the sender or address book entry provided as "friendly" name.

    And such things are driving me crazy.
    And to be honest, I have problems to understand why others simply accept this.

    Because most others probably don't even know what links or URLs are. They should though :) (I've long been a proponent of introducing a mandatory kind of "driver's license" for the internet. I'd say that nowadays, being on the internet is much more dangerous than driving a car.)

    Anyways, I will continue in my journey through macOS and keep posting my impressions and asking stupid questions.

    Do, I'm well stocked on popcorn :D

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • @tja said:

    Thanks again!

    There's a nice 'Debug' menu that can be enabled for Safari using Onyx as well.
    (With too many options, thankfully it has a 'reset' option LOL).

    Here's some info on that.
    https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-enable-safari-debug-menu-for-added-capabilities-2260893

    The web inspector is pretty decent and allows 'live coding' of the page that is viewed, good for faking 'news' etc haha.
    https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/06/21/how-to-use-safari-web-inspector-ios-mac/

    Most things can be done but a bit 'differently' that what one may be used to ;)

    Cheers!

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • edited January 2021
    The user and all related content has been deleted.
Sign In or Register to comment.