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.
Pick a DAW, any DAW (Er... Help ME pick a DAW)
Hi all. I brought this up in the Cubasis 1.3 Sneak Peak thread, but rather than go majorly off topic I figured I'd start a new thread to get your guidance.
I'm a relative newb to the mobile music making process. Historically I'm a guitarist but I've always danced around the edge of electronic music making. The overhead and complexity of desktop DAWs kept me from diving into it before, but the iOS landscape is awesome, and has totally sparked my interest again.
Over the last couple months I've acquired a number of synths and noisemakers for my iPad Mini, but the only recording target I've had is GarageBand for iOS. It has been a lot of fun, and everything I've recorded so far has come through it. I like GB a lot, actually. It has great virtual instruments IMO. The smart instruments are lots of fun and can keep the creative juices flowing when I don't want to get mired down in the minutia of a backing beat or something. But I think I need more.. the limitations (track #s, effects, kitschy UI, etc) are getting old, and I want to graduate to something I can really work with. Now that GB does Audiobus it's more powerful, but still, I want to move forward.
I'm in love with the Cubasis UI and overall workflow. But I'm worried that it's little more than GB with more tracks. The UI seems brilliant, and it looks like it will be actually fun to immerse myself in. But is that worth $50? On the other hand, I really do like all-in-one DAWs that include instruments, effects, mixing, recording, the works. As nice as Audiobus is, I don't want to be REQUIRED to parcel out each and every function of creating a song to a different app. I think this is why Cubasis is so appealing.. its like GB but not so amateurish. I hope?
I also like the Steinberg seems to be committed to improving Cubasis with updates. They basically put out a beautiful, easy to use foundation, and will add the pro-level stuff over time. I think this is smarter than releasing a DAW with some awful UI and lots of features and making people live with it.
Auria is a powerhouse, but I only have an iPad Mini and an iPad 2. I'm afraid it will be nearly unusable, and I really prize usability and stability. If it's crashing or super laggy, I won't want to use it. My DAW needs to be solid and enjoyable to use. I see some people claiming that with freezing tracks it's manageable, but I don't want manageable, I want enjoyable. Any iPad Mini/2 Auria users who can offer input?
MultiTrack DAW looks like it can handle my recording needs fine, but like I said I really want an all-in-one DAW that can bring instruments and better effects to the table.
Meteor... I get so much mixed info on this its hard to make heads or tails of it. I will say I don't like IAPs for core functionality, but if it's really good (stable, good SQ, and enjoyable to use) then I'd consider it.
Beatmaker 2 -- this is the one that is throwing me off Cubasis the most. In the past I always ignored it because I thought samplers were only for techno geeks, and I was planning to do more guitar-oriented stuff. But after reading some posts and watching some youtube videos, I can see why BM2 is so popular. But then you get Pantsofdeath saying how awful its sounds are and I don't know what to believe!
I know there's no perfect DAW that does everything imaginable, and that's OK. I just want the perfect one for ME
Stable on iPad Mini
Audio recordings (not just MIDI) - I will be doing guitar & mic recording & mixing, can't just be virtuals
MIDI of some kind. Decent built in synth woud be great. Virtual instruments fine too.
Good UI - fun to use, not frustrating to use
Decent to good effects. I know Auria with its IAPs are the best, but better than GB would be ideal. Though I am a reverb
Enough tracks. Doesn't have to be unlimited but at least 16-24 I would think.
Good sampler a plus, not required
And before someone says "just buy them all/both", I can't (Right now). Not enough spare fundage at the moment.. maybe one day, but for now, I need the best bang for my buck. I've got like $51 of iTunes store credit, so that's loosely what I'm working with.
Sorry for the long-winded post, I just wanted to open up to get your feedback. Even if you don't have an answer for me, I'd like to hear your opinions and arguments one way or another.
For those interested, here's some of the stuff I've been recording so far. Most of these are works in progress made with DM-1 and GB: https://soundcloud.com/jesseking-3
Thanks for the time all,