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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Big Koala update 2023 out now

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  • @HotStrange said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Now Koala has been updated with a ring modulation effect AND a noise gate all on the mixer. More importantly for me, the meter now has LuFS metering! 😃 The best keeps getting better!

    I just saw that! Haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but I’m stoked! Having a LuFS meter now is super cool as well. Especially for anyone that doesn’t have one already. It just keeps getting better and better.

    It sure does! Could possibly even use Koala's just for its LuFS meter in a mastering chain (although Youlean's Loudness Meter is easier).

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

  • edited October 2023

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    The issue I had with this method was that I couldn’t hear the sounds from my synths while I recorded (pressed a pad) in koala. I was not sequencing something, but I was just trying to sample sounds in real time. How do you circumvent this apparent limitation? I hope I make sense…

  • @magnusovi said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    The issue I had with this method was that I couldn’t hear the sounds from my synths while I recorded (pressed a pad) in koala. I was not sequencing something, but I wasn’t just trying to sample sounds in real time. How do you circumvent this apparent limitation? I hope I make sense…

    I think there's a little button with a headphone icon, that turns monitoring on, if I remember correctly it's off by default.

  • @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    Exactly mate. :) I usually sample the melodic one shots on C, then save, then open Koala standalone and load in whatever drums the project calls for.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Might be something to let @giku_beepstreet know about. :) I tagged him so you don't have to.


    @tyslothrop1 said:

    @magnusovi said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    The issue I had with this method was that I couldn’t hear the sounds from my synths while I recorded (pressed a pad) in koala. I was not sequencing something, but I wasn’t just trying to sample sounds in real time. How do you circumvent this apparent limitation? I hope I make sense…

    I think there's a little button with a headphone icon, that turns monitoring on, if I remember correctly it's off by default.

    And I just learned something new today. Lol.

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    Exactly mate. :) I usually sample the melodic one shots on C, then save, then open Koala standalone and load in whatever drums the project calls for.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Might be something to let @giku_beepstreet know about. :) I tagged him so you don't have to.


    @tyslothrop1 said:

    @magnusovi said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    The issue I had with this method was that I couldn’t hear the sounds from my synths while I recorded (pressed a pad) in koala. I was not sequencing something, but I wasn’t just trying to sample sounds in real time. How do you circumvent this apparent limitation? I hope I make sense…

    I think there's a little button with a headphone icon, that turns monitoring on, if I remember correctly it's off by default.

    And I just learned something new today. Lol.

    Lol thank you both so much!!

  • This app is so great. I don’t think of myself as a samples person as I don’t make loop based music really but the line gets blurred when you’re hunting down sample packs that are instruments or serve as them rather than loops or melodies. I had a lot of fun with this today. Does anyone have any favourite haunts for instrument style sample packs? I recently made a thread looking for soundfonts which everyone helped with but I think this is different, as it seems like different places. I downloaded the Tibet samples from Gumroad I think the site is so I’m not after electronic stuff but acoustic sounds that can be used as instruments or even really weird acoustic sounds.

    Anyway.. such a fun app to use and mangle sounds in perfor. Sorry for just belatedly echoing what everyone e else already lnew

  • @wingwizard said:
    This app is so great. I don’t think of myself as a samples person as I don’t make loop based music really but the line gets blurred when you’re hunting down sample packs that are instruments or serve as them rather than loops or melodies. I had a lot of fun with this today. Does anyone have any favourite haunts for instrument style sample packs? I recently made a thread looking for soundfonts which everyone helped with but I think this is different, as it seems like different places. I downloaded the Tibet samples from Gumroad I think the site is so I’m not after electronic stuff but acoustic sounds that can be used as instruments or even really weird acoustic sounds.

    Anyway.. such a fun app to use and mangle sounds in perfor. Sorry for just belatedly echoing what everyone e else already lnew

    One fun thing to do is to load single cycle waveforms and make synths out of them. Just load the sample and set it to loop. There are hundreds of free single cycle waveforms generously supplied on the Adventure Kid web site. They come from every type of source, from mathematic to instruments. Read the note about tuning tho...

    You don't have to use single cycle waveforms. You can load any sample, find an interesting bit to loop, then play it chromatically. You need to fiddle around to get the right base note in tune, but then you have a one of a kind synth at your fingertips.

  • @wim said:

    @wingwizard said:
    This app is so great. I don’t think of myself as a samples person as I don’t make loop based music really but the line gets blurred when you’re hunting down sample packs that are instruments or serve as them rather than loops or melodies. I had a lot of fun with this today. Does anyone have any favourite haunts for instrument style sample packs? I recently made a thread looking for soundfonts which everyone helped with but I think this is different, as it seems like different places. I downloaded the Tibet samples from Gumroad I think the site is so I’m not after electronic stuff but acoustic sounds that can be used as instruments or even really weird acoustic sounds.

    Anyway.. such a fun app to use and mangle sounds in perfor. Sorry for just belatedly echoing what everyone e else already lnew

    One fun thing to do is to load single cycle waveforms and make synths out of them. Just load the sample and set it to loop. There are hundreds of free single cycle waveforms generously supplied on the Adventure Kid web site. They come from every type of source, from mathematic to instruments. Read the note about tuning tho...

    You don't have to use single cycle waveforms. You can load any sample, find an interesting bit to loop, then play it chromatically. You need to fiddle around to get the right base note in tune, but then you have a one of a kind synth at your fingertips.

    Yeah I love this idea and I’m just a newcomer with it. Like I don’t know how to make anything loop without sounding like it’s looping and stuff that is pitch changed for different notes sounds like it’s pitch changed. I did have a go with synthjacker for thinsg and realise you need as many samples as possible but then with weird sounds it probably matters less as it’s more a textural synth.

    Thanks so much for the site, excited

  • @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    It really depends for me. Sometimes it’s nice to use it in standalone to avoid any other distractions. Especially now with the effects busses.

    But half the time I’m also using it in AUM either a clip launcher or sample player. Or just as a general noisemaker lol

    It’s my favorite app on the App Store by a long shot (like I would choose it over even AUM if I had to) so I’ve used it in every conceivable way so far lol

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @HotStrange said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Now Koala has been updated with a ring modulation effect AND a noise gate all on the mixer. More importantly for me, the meter now has LuFS metering! 😃 The best keeps getting better!

    I just saw that! Haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but I’m stoked! Having a LuFS meter now is super cool as well. Especially for anyone that doesn’t have one already. It just keeps getting better and better.

    It sure does! Could possibly even use Koala's just for its LuFS meter in a mastering chain (although Youlean's Loudness Meter is easier).

    Agreed! YouLean is my go to for that now but I’m glad it’s there for when I’m using koala standalone. And for anyone that doesn’t have a lufs meter yet.

  • edited October 2023

    @HotStrange said:

    @wahnfrieden said:
    I noticed Nick Mira features Koala prominently in his last production video:

    Producer for Juice WRLD, Tecca etc

    Sweet! Love seeing Koala getting more recognition

    FYI this guy is one of the biggest artists in recent years - 50+ platinum records, top of billboard 100 hits, Grammy nom etc. He streams his production work to a large audience. So you might want to reach out or try to get some kind of additional promo/testimonial from him.

  • edited October 2023

    @wahnfrieden said:

    @HotStrange said:

    @wahnfrieden said:
    I noticed Nick Mira features Koala prominently in his last production video:

    Producer for Juice WRLD, Tecca etc

    Sweet! Love seeing Koala getting more recognition

    FYI this guy is one of the biggest artists in recent years - 50+ platinum records, top of billboard 100 hits, Grammy nom etc. He streams his production work to a large audience. So you might want to reach out or try to get some kind of additional promo/testimonial from him.

    I’m not the dev haha but definitely a good call. Nick Mira is one of them big guys for sure. Lucid Dreams is the most streamed song ever I’m pretty sure.

    Kinda makes me wonder if he’s used it on any of the tracks he’s produced. I’m pretty sure Madlib uses it too. I know he’s almost exclusively iPad these days outside of mastering.

  • @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

  • @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

  • @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

  • @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

    Most of the hosts I use have a tap to reload option that will try to restore the last known state. Automatically reloading might be inviting an endless loop of reload -> crash

    In the case described above, it sounds like work was lost because the poster hadn’t saved the state before the crash.

  • @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

    Most of the hosts I use have a tap to reload option that will try to restore the last known state. Automatically reloading might be inviting an endless loop of reload -> crash

    In the case described above, it sounds like work was lost because the poster hadn’t saved the state before the crash.

    What host have tap to reload to last saved state? I’ve lost koala projects hosted on drambo enough that I don’t use it anymore

  • @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

    Most of the hosts I use have a tap to reload option that will try to restore the last known state. Automatically reloading might be inviting an endless loop of reload -> crash

    In the case described above, it sounds like work was lost because the poster hadn’t saved the state before the crash.

    What host have tap to reload to last saved state? I’ve lost koala projects hosted on drambo enough that I don’t use it anymore

    Had you saved the koala state? Loopy Pro tries to reload the last state when you tap reload after a crash, I think AUM , too. But, the state needs to have been saved.

  • @cokomairena : you should also make sure to provide information about the crashes to the Koala dev...if you are getting a lot of Koala crashes, it seems like that is the primary issue and the Koala dev would need to address those.

  • @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

    Most of the hosts I use have a tap to reload option that will try to restore the last known state. Automatically reloading might be inviting an endless loop of reload -> crash

    In the case described above, it sounds like work was lost because the poster hadn’t saved the state before the crash.

    What host have tap to reload to last saved state? I’ve lost koala projects hosted on drambo enough that I don’t use it anymore

    Had you saved the koala state? Loopy Pro tries to reload the last state when you tap reload after a crash, I think AUM , too. But, the state needs to have been saved.

    What do you mean with saving the state?

  • @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

    Most of the hosts I use have a tap to reload option that will try to restore the last known state. Automatically reloading might be inviting an endless loop of reload -> crash

    In the case described above, it sounds like work was lost because the poster hadn’t saved the state before the crash.

    What host have tap to reload to last saved state? I’ve lost koala projects hosted on drambo enough that I don’t use it anymore

    Had you saved the koala state? Loopy Pro tries to reload the last state when you tap reload after a crash, I think AUM , too. But, the state needs to have been saved.

    What do you mean with saving the state?

    saving the project/preset either in koala or in the host. a host cannot constantly be automatically saving the state of every loaded AU.

  • If you experience a lot of crashes, the developer has some work to do to make them infrequent.

  • @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

    Most of the hosts I use have a tap to reload option that will try to restore the last known state. Automatically reloading might be inviting an endless loop of reload -> crash

    In the case described above, it sounds like work was lost because the poster hadn’t saved the state before the crash.

    What host have tap to reload to last saved state? I’ve lost koala projects hosted on drambo enough that I don’t use it anymore

    Had you saved the koala state? Loopy Pro tries to reload the last state when you tap reload after a crash, I think AUM , too. But, the state needs to have been saved.

    Precisely. I’d say it’s a good rule of thumb to always save a project once you think it’s something good or worth keeping/fleshing out. If I’m working on something and really starting to like it I go ahead and save it just in case.

  • @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @espiegel123 said:

    @cokomairena said:

    @mistercharlie said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    Are people using Koala standalone, or do you prefer it in a host, like Loopy Pro, Drambo, or AUM? And why?

    I start a Koala project in AUM first, Koala as an effect to sample in from other apps. Then I save the Koala project and continue it in standalone mode.

    That sounds practical. Plus it’s easy to drag and drop samples into Koala if you need them later.

    I currently use it in Drambo, but I don’t like that sometimes Audio Units crash and lose my work.

    Auv3 crash management is severely lacking on ios hosts

    What do you expect them to do that they aren’t?

    Restore the last saved state of that particular instance

    Most of the hosts I use have a tap to reload option that will try to restore the last known state. Automatically reloading might be inviting an endless loop of reload -> crash

    In the case described above, it sounds like work was lost because the poster hadn’t saved the state before the crash.

    What host have tap to reload to last saved state? I’ve lost koala projects hosted on drambo enough that I don’t use it anymore

    Had you saved the koala state? Loopy Pro tries to reload the last state when you tap reload after a crash, I think AUM , too. But, the state needs to have been saved.

    What do you mean with saving the state?

    saving the project/preset either in koala or in the host. a host cannot constantly be automatically saving the state of every loaded AU.

    It currently saves the entire session, in that session the info for the state is already there

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