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AUM Set Up For Quick Capture (Default)

Thanks to @j_liljedahl, @SevenSystems and @4pockets_paul I’ve finally found a setup that works really well for capturing new ideas.

The core is AU|Keys and AU|Pads triggering the instruments and sending midi into Helium. Helium then sends recorded MIDI back to the instruments.

The initial template is purposely simple to ensure you get an idea down, so it starts with a Piano (Upright Pure), Bass Synth (Viking - Free) and Drums (DigiStix 2), but you could use any AUv3s you want. Once you’ve captured the essence of the initial idea you can expand the channels (16 in each instance of Helium) or easily export any MIDI data to anywhere you need it.

The advantages of this set up are:

  • The Key and Scale can be set in both AU|Keys and Helium. Helium also has Ghost Tracks

  • Full range of AUv3 instruments and effects available - Not tied to a ring fenced ecosystem

  • Easily achieve micro timing for early/late drums by adjusting Grid or Quantise in Helium. Swing can also be applied on a Notes level

  • AU|Keys and AU|Pads are velocity sensitive

  • Helium can easily handle any CC modulation

  • The template can work on both iPad and iPhone for whenever you need it

  • If you save the project as ‘Default’ in AUM you can use the handy shortcut on the AUM home screen (bottom middle) to instantly load the template

  • The Snapshot & Song feature in Helium has Gate, Loop, One Shot and Mutes available which is great for arrangement experimentation

  • The MIDI captured can easily be saved and transferred anywhere - Clips (Tracks or sections of Tracks) Songs and even Flatten Song to transfer a Snapshot Song Arrangement to linear MIDI for any DAW

So far it’s been a pleasure to work with and extremely flexible.

I thought I’d share this workflow incase anyone else has been searching for a similar solution.

Project file on Patchstorage:
https://patchstorage.com/aum-template-for-capturing-new-ideas/


Comments

  • I haven't used Helium or AU Keys enough, but this has pricked up my ears...and I love to use this template to help me find that better workflow for MIDI in AUM

    Could you share the template?

  • edited May 14

    @dasgoods said:
    I haven't used Helium or AU Keys enough, but this has pricked up my ears...and I love to use this template to help me find that better workflow for MIDI in AUM

    Could you share the template?

    Glad you find it interesting.

    Edit: Project file now available on Patchstorage.

    Let me know what you think if you use it.

    https://patchstorage.com/aum-template-for-capturing-new-ideas/

  • Dope. AUM has a page on Patchstorage you should upload it for all to download. If you don’t mind. Cheers.

  • @Poppadocrock said:
    Dope. AUM has a page on Patchstorage you should upload it for all to download. If you don’t mind. Cheers.

    Thanks @Poppadocrock ♥️ I didn’t know AUM was on Patchstorage, I’ll upload it and drop the link back here 👍

  • edited May 14

    Project file now uploaded to Patchstorage.

    You need to rename the project ‘Default’ for the handy shortcut on the AUM home screen to instantly load the template. (For some reason Patchstorage have started adding additional characters after file names) 🤷‍♂️

    Please download and leave a ♥️ if you like it, and let me know what you think if you use it.

    Actually, I’ve just seen Patchstorage have added a ‘Donate’/‘Tip Jar’ feature, so, even better, if you do like it, buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/jokulgil or tap the ‘Donate’ button over there 😊☕️

    https://patchstorage.com/aum-template-for-capturing-new-ideas/

  • edited May 15

    @Poppadocrock said:
    Thanks @Jökulgil cheers

    You’re welcome

  • edited May 16


    With a lot of people saying they use AUM here, this got me curious.

    What do YOU have saved as your current ‘Default’ AUM Template?

    Screenshot your default set up and the MIDI Routing screen for a bit of inspiration.

  • @Jökulgil said:

    With a lot of people saying they use AUM here, this got me curious.

    What do YOU have saved as your current ‘Default’ AUM Template?

    Screenshot your default set up and the MIDI Routing screen for a bit of inspiration.

    I guess not many people know about, or use, the ‘Default’ AUM Template feature 😂

  • Helium and DigiStix 2 are currently on sale if anyone needs either to complete the template 👍

  • I don't have my iPad with me but for starting out a big jam or project I like that have a lot of midi plugins loaded so I can just quickly choose some, route, and go, and I'll also have a decent number of audio channels instantiated by default. This default setup is as follows, from left to right:

    **5 Midi Channels setup with a left to right signal flow: **
    1. Big picture arrangers/sequencers/clip launchers like Midi Mixer, Scaler 2, Drambo, LK, Helium, Patternbud/Brainbud)
    2. Smaller melodic sequencers/generative apps (Bud sequencers, Zoa, Cykle, Euclidean, Piano Motifs, Riffer, etc.),
    3. Drum sequencers (Octachron, Polybeat, Brambos rhythm apps, etc.)
    4. Midi fx that require note input and output different notes, usually arps of some kind (Aphelian, Steppolyarp, Bleass Arp, Rhythmbud, etc.)
    5. Midi utilities for modulation (LFOS, Mmmm, ) and apps that change the final flow of midi notes from #1-4 like Midgates, some mozaic scripts (like humanizers), and scale quantizers

    12 Audio Channels routed to Midi Mixer with the following:
    1. Sends to Fx Buses A and B
    2. Pan
    3. Channel strips
    4. Mutemaster (which I use to arrange AUM instead of Midi Mixer when I'm doing something less involved)

    2 Fx Buses, A and B

    Master Channel
    I just leave Barkfilter on with some triple band compression and a limiter on

    With this setup I leave plugins deactivated so they don't use CPU until I decide to use them and I of course won't use every plugin...but it saves me time having to search for apps and ensures that I see apps I might otherwise forget to use since they're already in front of me.

    I'll add instruments and fx to audio channels as I develop ideas, route midi from left to right across my midi AUM channels, then start transport.

    If I'm making something kinda 'normal' I'll often put a drum machine on audio ch. 1, keys on ch. 2, bass on ch. 3, then go from there...I usually start projects by figuring out a chord progression.

    I've recently been using Scaler 2 as an instrument on several audio channels more for sketching ideas quickly without doing too much sound design since Scaler 2 has a good mix of solid sounds. You can sync all app instances with the same progression so you can make changes in just one instance. You can choose different performance modes for each instance (essentially different midi fx that will change the progression into a bassline, arp, rhythmic backing) and choose a relevant sound without needing to do a lot of routing.

  • @ashh said:
    Nice one @Jökulgil

    Thank you 🤝 😊

  • @NoncompliantBryant said:
    I don't have my iPad with me but for starting out a big jam or project I like that have a lot of midi plugins loaded so I can just quickly choose some, route, and go, and I'll also have a decent number of audio channels instantiated by default. This default setup is as follows, from left to right:

    **5 Midi Channels setup with a left to right signal flow: **
    1. Big picture arrangers/sequencers/clip launchers like Midi Mixer, Scaler 2, Drambo, LK, Helium, Patternbud/Brainbud)
    2. Smaller melodic sequencers/generative apps (Bud sequencers, Zoa, Cykle, Euclidean, Piano Motifs, Riffer, etc.),
    3. Drum sequencers (Octachron, Polybeat, Brambos rhythm apps, etc.)
    4. Midi fx that require note input and output different notes, usually arps of some kind (Aphelian, Steppolyarp, Bleass Arp, Rhythmbud, etc.)
    5. Midi utilities for modulation (LFOS, Mmmm, ) and apps that change the final flow of midi notes from #1-4 like Midgates, some mozaic scripts (like humanizers), and scale quantizers

    12 Audio Channels routed to Midi Mixer with the following:
    1. Sends to Fx Buses A and B
    2. Pan
    3. Channel strips
    4. Mutemaster (which I use to arrange AUM instead of Midi Mixer when I'm doing something less involved)

    2 Fx Buses, A and B

    Master Channel
    I just leave Barkfilter on with some triple band compression and a limiter on

    With this setup I leave plugins deactivated so they don't use CPU until I decide to use them and I of course won't use every plugin...but it saves me time having to search for apps and ensures that I see apps I might otherwise forget to use since they're already in front of me.

    I'll add instruments and fx to audio channels as I develop ideas, route midi from left to right across my midi AUM channels, then start transport.

    If I'm making something kinda 'normal' I'll often put a drum machine on audio ch. 1, keys on ch. 2, bass on ch. 3, then go from there...I usually start projects by figuring out a chord progression.

    I've recently been using Scaler 2 as an instrument on several audio channels more for sketching ideas quickly without doing too much sound design since Scaler 2 has a good mix of solid sounds. You can sync all app instances with the same progression so you can make changes in just one instance. You can choose different performance modes for each instance (essentially different midi fx that will change the progression into a bassline, arp, rhythmic backing) and choose a relevant sound without needing to do a lot of routing.

    Just the screen shots will do! 😂🤣

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