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.
Exchanging projects between iOS and desktop
since we have a baby girl I’ve seldom gotten to make music on my PC. On the other hand this made me really explore my iOS apps for the first time and that‘s surprisingly fun and easier to fit into my timetable! But I often collaborate with friends and they don't have iOS devices. And finishing the songs on the PC would be nice.
Cross platform music making is not so easy it seems, there‘s limited DAW functionality and stability on iOS and there’s all the different plugin formats on the different OS. Which leads me to my question: what ways and tricks do you know for starting on iOS and then transferring the project (with as much convenience as possible) to a desktop OS? I really don‘t want to freeze everything and lose the tweakability.
A few more ideas and questions:
@ipadbeatmaking informed me about Zenbeats and I really like the concept of a cross platform DAW. But it was a bit unstable for me and I already have Cubasis 3. So I tried the Cubasis project importer with a trial of Cubase Elements and liked it. I’m close to buying the competitive crossgrade to Cubase Pro although I'm a Studio One user (and my friends also). What are other apps supporting export to desktop? I’ve heard of n-track, FLS mobile, iMPC, MultitrackStudio. Which offer the best stock plugins for an easy project exchange?
Another idea is to use Mixbox which I own on both my iPad and the PC - but an automatic translation from AUv3 to VST is not possible with both Zenbeats and Cubase/Cubasis. Maybe it would work on a Mac with the AU version of Mixbox. But with a bit of manual work (exporting custom presets to a cloud) this seems like a good workflow, which is independant of OS and DAW. Any tips for other high-quality and flexible Plugins on multiple OS?
I know that the Bitwig devs develop an exchange format for DAWs, this could solve a lot of these problems. Maybe there‘s some future there: https://github.com/bitwig/dawproject
Would be great to hear your opinions!