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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Made a big mistake on iPad purchase.

Less than a year ago I spent about $550 on a iPad and went with the 64 gig one to save some money. Unfortunately, now I am almost out of space. Most likely what I’ll do is trade in the one that’s only a year old and buy one of the brand new ones. I imagine I won’t have to buy one again for a long time, but still I feel like I just threw away a bunch of money. Don’t make the same mistake. I did. I would say at least get the 128.

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  • edited May 25

    Are you using apps where content (mostly samples) can be moved to external device? I have 64GB as well now and I can live with that thanks to an external drive (SD card) where I have all Gospel Musician's and XinematiX content. My next iPad will definitely have at least 256 GB and a 13" display. The only thing I need now is to keep self-discipline when buying apps. Smaller is better :smile:

  • Ah, and this is why I purchased a 1TB iPhone 14 Pro Max last year. One, it was on discount due to the 15 being released. Two, it has 4x the space of my iPad Mini. 256gb is not enough internal storage for all the romplers I have, and the idea is for me to be a mobile musician, not locked down at a desk with an external HD. ;) Of course your mileage may very, my personal preference, and other catchphrases and tropes. :mrgreen:

  • That’s funny. I feel the opposite. I’m glad I saved the $200 in HDD because I ended up only buying approximately 40 Audio Units and DAWs and I still have a lot of room for my music projects on the iPad without having to export or save to external media or memory.

  • One reason I updated from my gen 6 base model was I was forever juggling stuff due to running out of storage space (128). It’s one reason why I don’t do much with samples, which I’m now able to explore more. And if you start messing about with video, things fill up remarkably quickly.

  • Always get the most storage space and the best processor you can afford at the time. And if it’s a choice between getting a low-storage unit and waiting until there’s money to buy the better model, I’d wait. Just my opinion.

    Of course, there’s also the option of buying a “like new” refurbished model from Apple at a slight discount.

    https://www.apple.com/shop/refurbished/ipad

    Personally, I’d never buy a used iPad from a third party. With Apple, at least they replace the battery and screen if there are any issues and you should always get AppleCare+ coverage.

  • edited May 25

    @colorsinspace said:
    Less than a year ago I spent about $550 on a iPad and went with the 64 gig one to save some money. Unfortunately, now I am almost out of space. Most likely what I’ll do is trade in the one that’s only a year old and buy one of the brand new ones. I imagine I won’t have to buy one again for a long time, but still I feel like I just threw away a bunch of money. Don’t make the same mistake. I did. I would say at least get the 128.

    Apple does have a, like $240 discount on their products, I think..
    Looking at the Air 256g

  • Also the amount taken up by iOS and other files needed + the usual one fifth of the drive is better left blank for smoother running, and 64 becomes tiny for music making. I think 256 is a realistic minimum for a decent music making experience on iOS. I have 256 and really wished I had much more now, as I’m close to having to delete some sample libraries or large apps.

  • Which apps are taking all your space? I have a 64gb 9th gen and bought shitload of apps and have 30gb free. But I frequently delete stalled projects and move finishes ones to my Mac, and curate my sample library which is a best of from stuff stored on external disks. For video it'a a different story but for audio? Why do you need so much space?

  • @kirmesteggno said:
    Which apps are taking all your space? I have a 64gb 9th gen and bought shitload of apps and have 30gb free. But I frequently delete stalled projects and move finishes ones to my Mac, and curate my sample library which is a best of from stuff stored on external disks. For video it'a a different story but for audio? Why do you need so much space?

    I know your probably replying to the OP, but I will answer from my perspective to give an idea how easy it is to fill space, especially if like yourself, an external computer is not an option. My first 3 apps on my storage list (2 DAWS and iSymphonic, come to roughly 55gb!

    Yes, I could see that storing elsewhere is an option, but if like myself, an iPad is my only computer device used for music making (plus some hardware), then it’s very easy to fill room on an iPad, especially after over 10 years.

  • OK, so I did a little bit of housecleaning and now I have about 20 gigs left but Still that isn’t that much. I think when I get back to the United States I will buy new one with 256 GB maybe the 512 like someone said.

  • @Fruitbat1919 said:

    @kirmesteggno said:
    Which apps are taking all your space? I have a 64gb 9th gen and bought shitload of apps and have 30gb free. But I frequently delete stalled projects and move finishes ones to my Mac, and curate my sample library which is a best of from stuff stored on external disks. For video it'a a different story but for audio? Why do you need so much space?

    I know your probably replying to the OP, but I will answer from my perspective to give an idea how easy it is to fill space, especially if like yourself, an external computer is not an option. My first 3 apps on my storage list (2 DAWS and iSymphonic, come to roughly 55gb!

    Yes, I could see that storing elsewhere is an option, but if like myself, an iPad is my only computer device used for music making (plus some hardware), then it’s very easy to fill room on an iPad, especially after over 10 years.

    But using an iPad as your only computer doesn't exclude you from those external disk or cloud options.

  • @colorsinspace said:
    OK, so I did a little bit of housecleaning and now I have about 20 gigs left but Still that isn’t that much. I think when I get back to the United States I will buy new one with 256 GB maybe the 512 like someone said.

    And if you trade in your old one (backup everything first), then you should be able to get a little more taken off the purchase of a new one. You can check how much your old one is worth (at least to Apple) here: https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in

  • @NeuM said:

    @colorsinspace said:
    OK, so I did a little bit of housecleaning and now I have about 20 gigs left but Still that isn’t that much. I think when I get back to the United States I will buy new one with 256 GB maybe the 512 like someone said.

    And if you trade in your old one (backup everything first), then you should be able to get a little more taken off the purchase of a new one. You can check how much your old one is worth (at least to Apple) here: https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in

    You are right about the trade in when you consider sale prices. They would give me $310 for a perfect condition iPad Air m1 64gb and it’s in sale for $399…. Usually is $500-560 but if you base it in future prices and sales Apple offers a fair value sometimes….

    (I would consider trading myself because of trade in value but I don’t need to, want to transfer files and data, download ands install apps and packs, backup etc and then pay $600(?) for the m4 and pencil at least, maybe more if I also replace the Magic Keyboard.)

  • @NeuM said:

    @colorsinspace said:
    OK, so I did a little bit of housecleaning and now I have about 20 gigs left but Still that isn’t that much. I think when I get back to the United States I will buy new one with 256 GB maybe the 512 like someone said.

    And if you trade in your old one (backup everything first), then you should be able to get a little more taken off the purchase of a new one. You can check how much your old one is worth (at least to Apple) here: https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in

    Yes, I checked and I’ll get $330 so that’s not too bad

  • @colorsinspace said:

    @NeuM said:

    @colorsinspace said:
    OK, so I did a little bit of housecleaning and now I have about 20 gigs left but Still that isn’t that much. I think when I get back to the United States I will buy new one with 256 GB maybe the 512 like someone said.

    And if you trade in your old one (backup everything first), then you should be able to get a little more taken off the purchase of a new one. You can check how much your old one is worth (at least to Apple) here: https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in

    Yes, I checked and I’ll get $330 so that’s not too bad

    👍

  • External SDD solves this problem completely, no?

  • @greatestlengths said:
    External SDD solves this problem completely, no?

    I didn’t really think of that, but I’m gonna look it. Cheers

  • @greatestlengths said:
    External SDD solves this problem completely, no?

    Depends on the use case. App bundles get pretty damn big for some apps, and those must be on primary storage. Plus an external SSD is not very moblie.

    @colorsinspace my general computer buying advice is always to figure out the device category you need (in this case, iPad Air vs. iPad vs. iPad Pro etc) and then get the very best-specced device you can afford in that category. Even if you’re sure you’d be good with 128GB, if you can afford more, get more. It will extend the useful life of the device in a way that nothing else will.

  • Here's an overview of 1TB+ SSD USB sticks around a 100 quid which are still quite fast for the size.

    Of course you'd have to avoid romplers or large sample libraries that don't work with SSDs.

    One trick to get the stick out of the way is to use one of those folding covers/stands and velcro the stick to the lower third, so that it wraps around when in stand mode and doesn't get in the way when grabbing it. Then you can connect it through a USB-C to USB-C cable to the iPad.

  • 512GB FTW. I’m still using my 2018 iPad Pro and it still has plenty of space.

    Apple’s RAM and SSD upgrade prices are insane, but still cheaper than a new iPad.

  • I wouldn't buy an iPad with less than 256 GB.
    128 is too few, as is 64 - and I want the option to use it for a long time!

  • I think I’m just gonna bite the bullet and buy one of the new iPad Pro with 512. After that, I won’t need to worry about it for probably four or five years..

  • Thx for all the great advice Ya’ll!

  • I love not havign to worry about > @colorsinspace said:

    Thx for all the great advice Ya’ll!

    Tbh, I would go for 1 TB to be on the safe side. Great general rule of thumb is that whatever seems enough to you now will no longer be enough a few years from now!

  • @kirmesteggno said:

    @Fruitbat1919 said:

    @kirmesteggno said:
    Which apps are taking all your space? I have a 64gb 9th gen and bought shitload of apps and have 30gb free. But I frequently delete stalled projects and move finishes ones to my Mac, and curate my sample library which is a best of from stuff stored on external disks. For video it'a a different story but for audio? Why do you need so much space?

    I know your probably replying to the OP, but I will answer from my perspective to give an idea how easy it is to fill space, especially if like yourself, an external computer is not an option. My first 3 apps on my storage list (2 DAWS and iSymphonic, come to roughly 55gb!

    Yes, I could see that storing elsewhere is an option, but if like myself, an iPad is my only computer device used for music making (plus some hardware), then it’s very easy to fill room on an iPad, especially after over 10 years.

    But using an iPad as your only computer doesn't exclude you from those external disk or cloud options.

    Cloud options and external storage are not simplist of options. Many apps do not use them and transferring data and cataloging files with iOS is more of a pain than my old Windows computer back in the early naughties. I simply work to the storage I have with iOS and always buy the biggest I can at the time.

    Also, everyone uses items differently. I sometimes go away for long sessions fishing, where every bit of space fights with other gear for its right to be taken. A small ipad with large storage can be a film late at night, a source of music, a photo and video studio or a whole music studio when the hours seem long when the carp ignore the baits. My ipad rarely hangs about in one place and beyond my power pack, it rarely gets connected to anything when out and about.

    In fact, if Apple had been wise enough to make large inbuilt storage and better battery a priority, I would have spent way more with them on films, music, apps etc.

  • @colorsinspace said:
    Less than a year ago I spent about $550 on a iPad and went with the 64 gig one to save some money. Unfortunately, now I am almost out of space. Most likely what I’ll do is trade in the one that’s only a year old and buy one of the brand new ones. I imagine I won’t have to buy one again for a long time, but still I feel like I just threw away a bunch of money. Don’t make the same mistake. I did. I would say at least get the 128.

    I agree, 128 seems to be the optimal spot in terms of price/comfort. I have 82 GB used on mine (12 of which are cached Udemy videos though). I think I could live with 64, but that would require setting some boundaries and following them. With 128 I just don't even think about disk space, today is the first time I checked how much am I using.

  • @Fruitbat1919 said:

    @kirmesteggno said:

    @Fruitbat1919 said:

    @kirmesteggno said:
    Which apps are taking all your space? I have a 64gb 9th gen and bought shitload of apps and have 30gb free. But I frequently delete stalled projects and move finishes ones to my Mac, and curate my sample library which is a best of from stuff stored on external disks. For video it'a a different story but for audio? Why do you need so much space?

    I know your probably replying to the OP, but I will answer from my perspective to give an idea how easy it is to fill space, especially if like yourself, an external computer is not an option. My first 3 apps on my storage list (2 DAWS and iSymphonic, come to roughly 55gb!

    Yes, I could see that storing elsewhere is an option, but if like myself, an iPad is my only computer device used for music making (plus some hardware), then it’s very easy to fill room on an iPad, especially after over 10 years.

    But using an iPad as your only computer doesn't exclude you from those external disk or cloud options.

    Cloud options and external storage are not simplist of options. Many apps do not use them and transferring data and cataloging files with iOS is more of a pain than my old Windows computer back in the early naughties. I simply work to the storage I have with iOS and always buy the biggest I can at the time.

    I got deep into productivity at one point and kinda created my own tag based system derived from the popular "second brain" method.

    Those under "General" have subfolders for my different hobbies and things I'm doing, the red ones are just shortcuts to resources in that structure. Below those that are visible in the scrot there are more for graphics and personal stuff.

    When I start a new project I tag it as such, and when I'm done I add the archive tag. Activities is more open ended stuff like research. I could add an archive tag to a dormant hobby and move it off to an external as well.

    The tags are the same on my iPad and Mac through iCloud (I use the 50gb $0.99/mo plan).

    Also, everyone uses items differently. I sometimes go away for long sessions fishing, where every bit of space fights with other gear for its right to be taken. A small ipad with large storage can be a film late at night, a source of music, a photo and video studio or a whole music studio when the hours seem long when the carp ignore the baits. My ipad rarely hangs about in one place and beyond my power pack, it rarely gets connected to anything when out and about.

    In fact, if Apple had been wise enough to make large inbuilt storage and better battery a priority, I would have spent way more with them on films, music, apps etc.

    Cool, that's a nice hobby. I can see how you don't want to fiddle with dongles and stuff in that scenario. Not sure what I'd do if I wouldn't have gotten into digital minimalism and productivity, it really cured my bad habits of hoarding files.

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