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.
Why Vacuum Tubes are the (my) future of music production.
I’ve been deep in a few rabbit holes lately, but the most fun one has been some homemade oscillators from Valves. I’d been getting interested in them for a while and got a couple of desktop soft synths that emulated them, but that wasn’t enough. I wanted more. So I looked at what was available, but they mostly cost an arm and a leg, although Trogotronic do some small ones, but that’s a story for another time 😁
I’ve been granted use of some ancient tubes a mate salvaged from a closed down electrical store a few years back, and I’ve discovered a simple design that doesn’t need high voltages to run them so I’ve spent the last week or two putting them together in between animating some Gaelic literacy work...
I’ve just today achieved bona fide oscillation and have been swapping resistors and capacitors as quickly as I can to sample different frequencies and tones.
The sounds you hear in here are:
one from a couple of days ago when I thought I was on the right track but now I think was just doubled up ground hum. I made a nice FRMS instrument from it and a sine wave.
Another which is from today, just a drone really, tuned to something vaguely harmonic and ultratapped a bit smoother.
A wonky piano from pianobook
I’ll probably add to this thread with more rambling about tubes and add sounds and pictures as I go...