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.
Tracker approach and workflow
I've recently been thinking a lot about the Polyend Tracker and this sort of new tracker-inspired approach to sequencing, the ways it nudges you to make different kind of arrangements etc. Seeing that a true modern tracker app might not appear on the iPad anytime soon, I also wonder how we might take some of these ideas and recreate a similar workflow with our modular iPad setups, without strictly the tracker experience, so to speak.
Here's a few things that catch my attention when looking into the tracker workflow:
- User defined distribution of the steps across time (aka beat subdivision but less focus on the beats)
- One channel is of one 'sound source', but not necessary one 'instrument': different steps can have different start time to play a sample, with potentially wildly different processing from step to step
- A four-channel track then, is more a track where "there's at most 4 sounds simultaneously and any time" and less "4 consistently identifiable sounds"
There should be more as I look more deeper into it. Of course I could have just misunderstood many of these things, I have never actually made a full track with trackers before. But I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this, and if it's feasible to recreate some of these characteristics in the workflow on iPad. Also going beyond the iPad, does it make sense to put together some sort of tracker-like mobile music setup eg with Norns, Raspberry Pi etc?