Novation Launchpad S Review – It’s Brighter, Faster & Smarter Than Its Predecessor


Novation recently released the LaunchPad S – a ‘Brighter, Faster, Universal’ version of its popular MIDI controller for Ableton Live.

Here are the main improvements in the LaunchPad S over its predecessor:

  • The Launchpad S has brighter LEDs;
  • The new version has a significantly faster LED refresh rate; and
  • The Launchpad S is now class-compliant, which means it will now work with other software and with the iPad.

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MIDI Control Comes To Auria iPad DAW

auriaAuria, the 48-track digital audio recording system for iPad, has been updated to add MIDI support.

The update adds support for MIDI Sync, MIDI support for plugins, MIDI remote control, but not full-fledged MIDI sequencing.

Here’s what’s new in Auria 1.10:

  • MIDI Sync with MTC, MMC and Midi clock options
  • MIDI support for plugins
  • MIDI remote control for controlling Auria with Mackie MCU and HUI surfaces
  • Full MIDI MTC chase capability
  • Mixdown e-mail option
  • Clip-based gain handle
  • New Icon bar in Editor
  • Snap to locators, markers and highlight
  • AudioShare integration
  • Auto input monitor option

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Wavemachine Labs Auria For iPad Review

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WaveMachine Labs new 48-channel recording app has been blowing up the comments since we announced that it was available earlier today.

Here’s an early review, via Russ at airusersblog. He demonstrates the interface and demonstrate how it works with a project.

While a lot of readers have been skeptical about Auria’s $50 price tag, Russ calls Auria ‘fantastic’ and ‘an outstanding value for the money’.

If you’ve used Auria, let us know what you think of it!

Auria 48-Track Audio Recorder For iPad Now Available – Here Are The Details

Auria 48-track audio recorder for iPad

WaveMachine Labs has announced that Auria – the 48-track digital audio recording system for iPad – is now available.

We’ve got screen captures, full specifications, the official demo video and some exclusive details from Auria’s developer.

Auria has generated a lot of buzz since its introduction at the 2012 NAMM Show. Auria is a 48-track digital recording system, designed from the ground up for the iPad. Offering advanced features like AAF import/export, and third-party plugin support from names like PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter and Drumagog, Auria challenges people’s notions of what you can do with an iPad.


  • Up to 48 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files.
  • Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz
  • Third party VST effect plugin support available via in-app purchase (only iOS-version plugins are supported. All plugins must be purchased through the in-app store)
  • 8 Assignable subgroups and 2 aux sends
  • Powerful waveform editor
  • Full automation

We knew a lot of readers would be interested in Auria, so we checked with developer Rim Buntinas, founder of WaveMachine Labs, to find out more and to get some of our questions answered:

Synthtopia: How does WaveMachine Labs ‘position’ Auria. What’s the customer need that Auria is targeting?

Rim Buntinas: We’ve designed Auria to be both easy to use and powerful at the same time. So we hope Auria will appeal to both audio professionals and home recording enthusiasts.

Auria’s got high-end features like a 64-bit mixing engine, AAF import and export, and third party plugin support. At the same time, a beginner can record enable a track, press record and begin recording right away.

Synthtopia: What sort of scenarios has Auria been tested with – or what sorts of things have beta testers been doing with Auria?

Rim Buntinas: Our beta testers have used Auria in all sorts of scenarios.

Some have recorded full bands at venues, using multichannel USB interfaces. Others have recorded at home, in churches, and even mixed on tour busses.

A few of our testers are video professionals, and have used Auria’s optional video import feature to sync music they’ve created on Auria to a scene.

Synthtopia: We’re amazed that Auria can run 48 tracks on an iPad. Will Auria work with the first generation iPad. If so, what can the iPad 1 handle with Auria?

Rim Buntinas: Auria works with all iPad models, but we highly recommend an iPad 2 or later. iPad 3 is best, due to it’s larger amount of RAM

On an iPad 1, Auria’s track count is reduced to 24, with only 4 subgroups (instead of 8), 96Khz sample rates are not available, and the GUI updates are more sluggish on larger projects (the iPad 1 only has a single core processor).

Synthtopia: What can you tell me about workflows with Auria? What options are there for moving projects back and forth to desktop computers?

Rim Buntinas: Auria has an extensive import and export capability.

It imports WAV, AIF, MP3 and AAF files (AAF allows you to move entire sessions from other DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic and Nuendo, including automation and edits).

For moving files in and our of Auria, we support DropBox, SoundCloud, and Audio Copy/Paste. iTunes file sharing is also supported.

Since iTunes file sharing doesn’t allow folders to be copied, Auria gets around this limitation by supporting zip files. You zip up a folder and drop it onto iTunes. Auria automatically uncompresses it when it receives it.

Synthtopia: Are there future plans or a timetable for additional features that you can share? What’s at the top of the list?

Rim Buntinas: Since Auria supports a special iOS version of VST plug-ins, we’re in talks with several plug-in vendors at the moment. You’re likely to see more great plug-ins becoming available in the near future. MIDI support is also something on our list for a future version, along with virtual instrument plug-ins.

Read on for screenshots, full specifications, a demo video and more!

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