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.
Strategies for audio-only working
Whenever I try and work audio-only then it feels a whole lot more freeing. I get the feeling that Loopy Pro may be converting a lot of people to this way of working. The problem is that I still have the urge to keep an audit trail of things such as the MIDI, the apps used, the app settings/presets used. I don’t even really know 100% why.
I see a number of people on the forum who work mainly direct to audio and I feel envious. For people who work like this, do you record any kind of meta information with your projects, even if it is just via good old (electronic?) pen/paper?
If anyone has experience of real recording studios then do you know if the people working on a song would normally record a ton of detail about how a song was recorded? What would a professional music industry song creation audit trail look like?
We have a number of tools at our disposal to make this way of working easier than it might otherwise be - state saving in AUM/AB/Loopy and apps like the new MIDI Tape Recorder which can be used to try and record everything for posterity but managing this is not zero cost. Even going back to MIDI from audio is now much more of a possibility thanks to the advance of pitch detection apps.
I’m trying to find some kind of middle ground between having zero audit trail and trying to detail everything. Maybe I should start trying to use pen/paper to quickly note down production notes, or perhaps use the Session Notes AU for this.
I think it may be telling for me that my most productive app is StaffPad, where everything is stored within the project and you can do little else other than write music.