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.
First I’d like to apologize to everyone who participated in a thread/poll I posted yesterday re: IPad vs Standalone music workstations. It was a great discussion and somehow I accidentally deleted it due to clumbsy fingers trying to avoid a recently cracked iPhone screen.😞 Just wanted to acknowledge my mistake and let you all know that it won’t happen again.
With that, my name is Cap’n Willie, and I suffer from Chronic Migraines and Cluster Headaches.
For those that don’t/haven’t experience them, they are extremely debilitating headaches. For me, that is an understatement as I’m pretty much handicapped, blind and I’ve even had suicidal thoughts when experiencing severe ones. Yeah…it really REALLY sucks.
I’ve suffered chronic migraines for as far back as I can remember. Mine are triggered by many different things from simply waiting to long to eat, dehydration, sleep deprivation to air pressure change, pollen count, food allergy, stress and most relevant to this discussion…strained eyes from staring at tech screens.
For years I suffered severe migraines due to eye strain and they are absolutely the worst ones of all. It starts with typical eye strain symptoms like eye twitches. Next, it escalates to blue spots, nausea, extreme light and sensory sensitivity (ears, touch, smell, sight). I usually lose sight in one or both eyes. I must find complete silence and darkness when the pain sets in.
I tried every medication on the market from Imitrex to Cannabis. I tried oxygen treatment. I tried special glasses that battle migraines due to light sensitivity. Nothing worked consistently.
A few years ago, I read a paper about how chronic migraine suffering has exploded with the rise of smartphones, tablets and higher res gaming. The study came to a conclusion that many migraines result from eye strain due to the fact we hold these devices closer to our face and/or…the higher resolution content is so much more compelling that you stare, blink and look away less than ever resulting in more migraines and eye problems.
The study recommended never staring at any screen longer than 15 minutes before briefly glancing away at something Atleast 20 feet away. This resets your focus and relaxes muscles around your eye releasing pressure.
Since learning about this very simple lifestyle tweak I enjoy longer computer and gaming sessions. In addition to glancing away momentarily every 15 minutes, I take a break, close and rest my eyes for atleast 3 minutes every hour.
Haven’t had a screen/eye strain induced migraine in ages.
Anyways, just thought I’d create this thread to support any chronic migraine sufferers out there. I know what it’s like and how disruptive it is to productivity and mental health. I hope this information or any shared in this thread below helps someone.
Do you suffer too?
What works for you?
Let’s talk about it.