The much anticipated update to Audiobus has been released today and it is very exciting news for the iOS musician community.
We are sure Audiobus needs no introduction to most of you and Version 2 has some great new features as well as a newly designed interface (looking a lot flatter than before).
Audiobus 2's New Features
- Multi-Routing (In-app purchase for $4.99 / £2.99 and well worth it!) - this introduces parallel pipes for multiple inputs via different processing apps into multiple (or one) outputs - very impressive and from our initial testing it works really well, even on our older iPad 3rd gen.
- Presets - saveable and shareable (via email, Twitter and Facebook)
- State-Saving - for compatible apps, no more setting your apps up every time you want to reproduce a sound you crafted before. We are expecting this feature will be more widely supported very quickly
Slight Technical Issue
Just a small issue for Version 1 users with the In-app Purchase for Multi-routing. The Audiobus team are aware of it and have already submitted a fix to Apple, but is awaiting approval.
If you do make the $4.99 / £2.99 purchase you will probably experience crashing of the app (we certainly did), but it is easily fixed. This is from the Audiobus forum post on the issue:
***IMPORTANT FOR EXISTING Version 1 USERS: If you're encountering a crash when purchasing the In-App Purchase, please delete the Audiobus app, reboot your iDevice and then install it freshly again. You won't be charged twice. We're submitting a bug fix right now. ***
Since we followed the above advice we have had no issues at all.
The Future of Music Creation is Bright
With this Audiobus 2 update we think the creative possibilities of the iPad and other iOS devices has been massively expanded and with faster iPad hardware on the horizon we can't wait to see where iPad musicians take this new functionality.
App Store Link: Audiobus Version 2
Followers of Nikko's work will notice a slightly different style and colour palette on these two iPad paintings. Is it the perspective chosen, the use of colour, or just an extraordinary attention to detail that draws you in to his paintings? Whatever it is, it's an incredible skill and one that is pretty much unrivalled.
Further reading: Nikolai Lockertsen
Francis has been busy. Yes it's another cover of a classic 80's track, but this time, with the video split into 4 video 'tracks' it becomes much easier to see exactly how Francis composes each track. GarageBand is the crown jewel of iPad apps, especially for those looking to take their first steps into the very large and beautiful field of music creation with the iPad.
Huge thanks to Francis for continuing to share his work.
Further reading: 'Just Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak
Korg's Gadget is one of those apps that makes you realise you really do have the power of a personal computer in your hands when holding the iPad.
Made with Gadgets
So this time our Tune-in Tuesday feature highlights some of the tracks we have enjoyed listening to over on Soundcloud, all created on the iPad with Korg Gadget:
Multiplex (Korg Gadget 5) by Two Hawkes
In the rain (Korg Gadget) by Mulperi
Inception (Original Club Mix) by Sensadark
Turner (Korg Gadget + MorphWiz and BIAS) by Marcus Padrini
Dubfunk (Korg Gadget) by Groovemaster303
At the Kingston Arcades (Korg Gadget for iOS) by ChrisE1G
Had to sneak in one Chiptune at least.
Over to You
We hope you liked listening to our selection of electro-driven tracks this time around.
You can always explore our Soundcloud group for hundreds of tracks from all genres, we are sure you will find something there you like.
If you would like to share your iPad created sounds (using any iOS app) please feel free to join our group and add your tracks or click on the 'Send us your sounds' link in the sidebar. Thank you.
We like the way this timelapse video starts with a paper sketch of John Seru's Astronaut. His Procreate iPad painting is all the more interesting if you watch to the end and see what the Astronaut has seen in his visor.
Dawson is "an acclaimed singer/songwiter, multi instrumentalist and session musician", plus a talented loop master.
He also says on his website that he's beginning to explore iOS as a looping device and this al fresco performance goes to prove that his talent transfers very nicely.
Illustrator Karien Naude shared this lovely image painted on her iPad with Procreate and we very much enjoyed seeing how she created it. We hope you do to.
iPad Content Creation
We don't think anyone visiting iPad Creative can claim the iPad is not a content creation device.
Apogee Get the iPad's Creative Power
Apogee Electronics know this and they have thrown their considerable weight behind the iPad and iOS, producing products such as the high fidelity Apogee JAM, Apogee MiC and even high-end interfaces such as the droolworthy Quartet.
The video above shows Apogee's commitment to the iPad platform and gives some nice examples of how your iPad can help you create great sounding audio. We hope you enjoy the video as we did.
We are delighted to say that our Soundcloud group for iPad using musicians is still very active. There are some really fun, creative and sometimes quite bonkers tracks being shared by Soundclouders, if you haven't visited the group before please check it out.
Here are a few original tracks that have caught our attention in recent weeks and this time we've gone for a Rock theme:
Cannibal Rat Ghost Ship by Nathan Jon Tillett
We love this song "sitting somewhere between Iron Maiden and Spinal Tap, this one has the OTT tongue-in-cheek dial turned up to 11!". Recorded partly on GarageBand for iPad using the Apogee Jam and iRig Mic (both highly recommended by the way) it is brilliant fun and an enthusiastic performance makes this one of our favourites.
Back To You by LoungeBots
As massive Back to the Future fans we were more than happy to see this (also tongue-in-cheek) tribute, just for the cover art alone. Made completely on an iPad too:
"Produced, recorded and mixed on iPads using NanoStudio, Auria, GarageBand, BeatMaker2, JamUp Pro and a variety of additional iOS synth apps."
Too Many Friends by Gaffbass02
Another original track recorded completely on an iPad using GarageBand and we think it sounds great as a demo. Here's what Gareth says about the recording of the song:
"I record this in my basement in an afternoon on an iPad 3 using an apogee jam to connect an sm58, and a cheap behringer condenser. All drums, keys, strings etc are from the iPad, and there's no external EQ etc, just straight into the GarageBand app."
Bonus Track: Budda 30 demo by Derek Buddemeyer
Some great lead playing and a very tight arrangement in this short demo from Derek that perfectly shows off the authentic sounds you can get from apps like AmpKit on the iPad.
Over to You
We hope you liked listening to our selection of tracks but if wailing guitars isn't your thing don't worry, next time we will be focussing our attention on more electro driven tracks.
In the meantime you could always explore our Soundcloud group for hundreds of tracks from all genres, we are sure you will find something there you like.
If you would like to share your iPad created sounds please feel free to join our group and add your tracks or click on the 'Send us your sounds' link in the sidebar. Thank you.