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.
I feel **a lot** better about my guitar playing after watching this video!
So I’ve been trying to start incorporating more guitar stuff into my iPadOS productions lately.
With that, and as my fellow guitar players here know very well, the guitar is a very versatile and rewarding instrument, but at the same time, it can be a very unforgiving one as well. Probably the most unforgiving instrument of all.
So it takes practice. Practice, practice, and more practice. Until years go by, many years, and you’re still practicing. Depending on what you want to do, you will have to practice to stay in shape. Along the way, you pick up a few skills, but you still have to practice them. The guitar does not play itself!
You can practice playing cover songs, and get good at playing cover songs (which is something I’ve never really wanted to do) and play someone else’s music perfectly if thats what you want to do. (For some reason, that’s what a lot of non-musician people expect when they see you playing guitar. “I don’t know that one. Do you know blahblahblah?”)
Or you can practice the actual guitar, music theory, scales, modes, improvisation, and get good at coming up with your own pieces of music. Sometimes you’ll have influences, yes, and it’ll show up in your playing. And sometimes you develop habits as well.
It takes a lot of practice to be able to improvise a lead guitar/solo guitar type track and be able to do it in a single take. This is how I’ve been recording lately on the iPad, and I know the method I’ve been using to record is what has pushed me into this “one take - whatever gets recorded is what you get” mentality.
I’ve been using AUM’s file recording system, or if I’m using Drambo for the host, I’ll even do a screen recording of myself playing the guitar part live along with what’s going on in Drambo. This is usually why my guitar recordings end up being a “one take” thing.
Guitar TRACKING is a term I’ve been hearing a lot, and as you’ll see Tim Pierce explaining in the video, even someone as experienced as he, when improvising a piece, can screw up parts regularly. So I don’t feel so bad now with my “one take” improv guitar tracks!
I do however want to start getting into this “tracking” thing with the guitar, and I do understand it takes using a DAW to be able to punch in and punch out, to be able to go back and fix things, fixing mistakes, and becoming a better producer overall in the end.
Talk to me about this “guitar tracking” thing guys. In the meantime, I have one of my “one take”, one shot guitar recordings for your review, which I’ll post in this thread shortly.