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.
DAW suggestions for a new rig?
So I’m finally taking the plunge and putting together a more serious studio rig, and I’d appreciate some advice on choosing a DAW to serve as the front end to the whole setup.
Here’s the general idea (stolen shamelessly, in large part, from Andrew Tasselmyer, who has some good YT video explaining how it works): the hub of the whole thing will be an iConnectivity AUDIO4c, which will pass audio and MIDI back and forth between a MacBook, an iPad, a couple of hardware effects (an H90 and a Loupé) and an undetermined number of MIDI control surfaces. The MacBook will also have an HX Stomp plugged in, which will serve as a guitar input and processor, and occasionally serve double duty as an additional effects processor (you can route audio to and from the Stomp via USB, so you don’t need additional AD/DA conversion steps). I need a DAW for the MacBook that will make it easy to do the following, in rough order of importance:
-Handle routing of audio and MIDI signals between the MacBook and the other devices;
-Bring some interesting instrument/effect plugins to the game;
-Be accessible to a relative-n00b DAW user in terms of composition and recording.
Top of the list right now are Logic and Ableton, so I’m especially interested in your head-to-head opinions on those, but if there are other options I should be seriously considering in the $300 or less category (preferably a purchase rather than a subscription), let me know.