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.
Your take on ‘cheating’ - presets, samples, loops, generative etc. how much is too much?
Interested to hear your take on this. It’s funny but I have some rules in my head about what’s allowed and what isn’t! Here are my self imposed rules…
Drum loops - audio: ok for 90’s drum and bass but otherwise must be layered with self-programmed midi beats or heavily disguised. Still naughty though.
Drum loops - midi: hang my head in shame. I have been known to use presets from Drum Computer or Pure Acid and pass them off as my own. Always 1st moving a note or two to make it worse than it was when I started!
Synth presets: fine. Just change the attack, dull down the filter and rename it. It then magically appears in the “user” presets as one of your own. Simple Random generated ones are also fine, especially if you tweak it.
Samples of voice / acapella vocals / film dialogue / field recordings etc: only my own genius will do. It is forbidden to use any sample packs (ok the occasional SFX or riser is allowed). Everything must be sampled from YouTube or through a mic. Extra points are awarded if you grabbed it laboriously from VHS, Vinyl, live TV or radio or sneakily grabbed from your phone into Koala etc whilst out and about.
Generative patterns from Ripplemaker / PureAcid etc: damn. Hate to end up using these but sometimes they sound perfect. Lessen the shame by changing a few notes, accents or slides I guess.
Other generative apps - a lot of other stuff like Zoa, Rozeta to me is fine because I rarely know what I’m doing so the results seem random anyway. Presets (where included) are banned but self gen stuff is fine.
Effects presets: no problem with traditional reverbs, delays etc. Presets in ‘gate’ effects like Perforator, Scatterbrain, Flux Pro etc are also ok I just wish the preset’s weren’t so good.
Klevgrand Skaka and Borsta: I know I could make these my own but they (esp Skaka) are like crack to me. Drums sounding a bit plodding? Don’t panic! A Skaka 16th tambourine preset will have the crowd dancing in no time. Too easy but I just can’t help myself!
Chord progression tools / composition stuff: never used any
Maybe I’m over thinking it / beating myself up and nobody will care or notice but I will know and that’s the point…
Not everybody wants to build their own obscure toys in Drambo but I bet it feels good
Anyone else have any self imposed limits of what is acceptable?