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.

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Audiobus is the app that makes the rest of your setup better.

Audiobus / AUM confusion

For years I’ve been aware of both apps, but didn’t see that I had a need for either one. (I was late getting into the MIDI world, too.)

I recently got Cubasis and discovered support for Audiobus built-in. I then researched both Audiobus and AUM. While AUM is listed as a mixer, I see that Audiobus, too, has a mixer built-in. Some more reading and guys say that AUM only works with IAA apps, a technology which they say Apple seems to have lost interest in.

Enough analysis. I purchased Audiobus believing it’s the more universal of the 2 apps. I joined this Audiobus forum site and now I’m mostly seeing guys using AUM to chain apps, devices, etc., together. Why are you using AUM and not Audiobus for tasks which appear to be Audiobus capable?

See my confusion? What am I missing or don’t know that I need to know? Did I purchase the wrong tool to bridge apps and devices together? People can say you need both, but according to what I’m reading here, I don’t see that to be true.

Thanks in advance for any help to see my way clear in this forest.

Comments

  • For routing / bridging both are equally as powerful. Although I would give extra points to audiobus because I have some older apps that only have Audiobus protocol, and not IAA or AU.

    Both supports IAA and AU.

    AUM has an edge regarding ease of midi routing (mainly using the matrix) and mixer bussing options.

  • It is audiobus who invented what later became iaa. And with this invention they created the whole ios music scene.
    Later with au plugins we got the au mixer Aum, wich is a work of art. Beauty in the simplicity of the user interface.
    Then there is Ape Matrix with another attitude towards mixing and routing. Some iPhone users prefer this app for its interface on a small screen.

    I love the midi matrix in Aum.

  • I like to host IAA Apps and AUM in AudioBus and have all AUv3 hosted in AUM - recording to AUM, using the files from AudioShare.

  • @Johne1 said:
    For years I’ve been aware of both apps, but didn’t see that I had a need for either one. (I was late getting into the MIDI world, too.)

    I recently got Cubasis and discovered support for Audiobus built-in. I then researched both Audiobus and AUM. While AUM is listed as a mixer, I see that Audiobus, too, has a mixer built-in. Some more reading and guys say that AUM only works with IAA apps, a technology which they say Apple seems to have lost interest in.

    Enough analysis. I purchased Audiobus believing it’s the more universal of the 2 apps. I joined this Audiobus forum site and now I’m mostly seeing guys using AUM to chain apps, devices, etc., together. Why are you using AUM and not Audiobus for tasks which appear to be Audiobus capable?

    See my confusion? What am I missing or don’t know that I need to know? Did I purchase the wrong tool to bridge apps and devices together? People can say you need both, but according to what I’m reading here, I don’t see that to be true.

    Thanks in advance for any help to see my way clear in this forest.

    I think you misunderstood something about AUM. It is NOT only for IAA apps. It might be the most full-featured AUV3 mixer available.

    Audiobus’ mixer is less full-featured than AUMs but Audiobus has some features, like state-saving when hosting standalone apps that use Audiobus’ protocols.

  • Thank you, all, for all the great info! I’m convinced I need to get AUM now, too.

  • Most people do find both of these apps truly essential somewhere down the iOS music road

  • @Johne1 said:
    Thank you, all, for all the great info! I’m convinced I need to get AUM now, too.

    check ApeMatrix too , it's the best among three for fast routing apps , but if you plan to use more than 8 apps it gets complicated switching pages

  • AudioBus came along first and changed the iOS music world - pretty much everybody bought it.

    A few years later AUM came along and offered more goodies - pretty much everybody bought it.

    They are both classics.

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  • @ehehehe said:
    Audiobus is pretty much redundant post the Files app, AUM is cool as a digital mixer. It's not a daw.

    Unless, you use standalone-audiobus enhanced apps with state-saving or need any of its lovely clock/sync bridging abilites.

  • @espiegel123 said:

    @ehehehe said:
    Audiobus is pretty much redundant post the Files app, AUM is cool as a digital mixer. It's not a daw.

    Unless, you use standalone-audiobus enhanced apps with state-saving or need any of its lovely clock/sync bridging abilites.

    Yeah I think Audiobus 3 still has its place on my iPad and I won’t be deleting it any time soon. I have some apps I really enjoy that are only Audiobus compatible, and it’s nice to have a different workflow. I find for some projects, Audiobus works better for me, and AUM for others.

  • @ehehehe said:
    Audiobus is pretty much redundant post the Files app, AUM is cool as a digital mixer. It's not a daw.

    Such a nonsense about AudioBus.

    And you may have meant AudioShare?

  • Thank you for the history lesson and your help!

    I was using StudioOne Professional on an old 2011 MacBook Pro, but not using an iPhone, so I was really in the dark about how the whole iOS music scene worked. Even back then, the Mac and OS X had very good I/O control and routing. All I ever needed was a MIDI utility to monitor connections if I had a problem. Between the Mac’s OS X I/O settings and the DAW’s routing, that gave me all I needed.

    In the past week I’ve purchased, Audiobus, Scaler 2, and last night I purchased ChordJam and AUM. I have a lot to keep me busy.

    My next post will be about using those apps together. I already have a routing challenge I’ll be requesting help with. It’s probably simple for you guys, but challenging for me, at this stage.

    Thanks again for all the info and your recommendations to get AUM and even consider ApeMatrix.
    I can see that I’m going to learn a lot from you guys and gals.

    John

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  • @ehehehe - the discussion is about Audiobus, not Audioshare.

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  • ???? You said that Audiobus was made redundant by Files app. Files app has next to nothing to do with any of Audiobus' fuctionality. No one is trying to convince OP that he needs Audiobus -- we're just pointing out that Files app has nothing to do with whether Audiobus is useful -- and your comment made it sound like Files app was somehow relevant. (You wrote: "Audiobus is pretty much redundant post the Files app...")

    If one needs to sync with MIDI Clock or translate between clocks, Audiobus is still a very handy app to have. But not everyone needs that.

  • wimwim
    edited June 2023

    No one is trying to convince anyone to buy anything. The OP asked for clarification of the differences and overlaps. We're clarifying the point about Audioshare not to be pedantic but to help clear up any confusion that may have been introduced into the original topic. Apologies if doing so has bent you out of shape a little.

  • @ehehehe said:
    But go ahead and convince the guy to get something that was originally a workaround if you must.

    He said that he has already bought AudioBus.

  • edited June 2023

  • And now I’m in Logan J. Smith’s YouTube tutorials learning to use AUM. Very impressive how it works with plugins and I’m just getting started.

  • @espiegel123 said:

    @ehehehe said:
    Audiobus is pretty much redundant post the Files app, AUM is cool as a digital mixer. It's not a daw.

    Unless, you use standalone-audiobus enhanced apps with state-saving or need any of its lovely clock/sync bridging abilites.

    Oh yes, with start/stop!

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