Focusrite Announces iTrack Studio

Today Focusrite announced the launch of its iTrack Studio, a complete system for recording music on the Apple iPad (or Mac/Windows computer) with “everything a musician needs” in the kit.

Based around Focusrite’s iTrack Solo, a 2-in, 2-out computer audio interface, the iTrack Studio kit includes closed-back monitor headphones, a studio-quality condenser microphone with included XLR mic cable, and a long 30-pin device link cable to connect the audio interface to the iPad. Record both channels of audio to Tape by Focusrite, a free iOS app (available Autumn 2013 from the App Store). Continue reading

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.

Highlights:

  • 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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Auria Brings 48-Track Recording & VST Support To iPad – Are You Ready For The iPad To Replace Your Studio?

Still thinking the iPad, and tablet computers in general, is just a toy?

A new app, being introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show, may challenge that perception.

Wave Machine Labs has announced Auria – a 48 track digital audio workstation designed exclusively for the iPad. According to the developers, Auria has been ‘built from the ground up to be used in professional studio and live tracking applications. Auria includes the necessary tools for recording, mixing, and editing any project.’

Key Features:

  • Up to 48 tracks of simultaneous playback
  • Record up to 24 tracks at once
  • VST plugin support
  • AAF Import and Export
  • Fully featured multitrack editor
  • Includes plugins from PSPaudioware, Fabfilter, and more

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SunVox Generative Synth Jam

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Sunday Synth Jams: Here’s an ambient generative synth jam with SunVox.

SunVox is available as a free download for Mac, PC & Linux. Continue reading

studio.HD 8-Track Audio Recorder For The iPad Now Available

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iPad Music Software: Sound Trends has released studio.HD (App Store link) – a multitrack audio app for the iPad.

studio.HD is a new music creation app that offers eight multilayered audio tracks (up to 24 total tracks of playback) with recording, editing, mixing, effects, automatic loop tempo correction and a loop library.

It’s available now in the iTunes store for $7.99. If you’ve used studio.HD, leave a comment with your thoughts! Continue reading

FourTrack 2.0 iPhone Multitrack Audio Recorder

fourtrack-iphone-audio-recorderSonoma Wire Works has announced the release of FourTrack 2.0 (App Store link), an update to its iPhone multitrack audio recorder.

FourTrack 2.0 is available from the iTunes App Store for an introductory price of $9.99 USD.

FourTrack is the only iPhone multitrack recorder available with calibrated faders and meters, panning, latency compensation, metronome with live drum recordings, bounce, and wifi-sync directly into a companion desktop application (RiffWorks).

If you’ve used FourTrack 2.0, leave a comment with your thoughts!

New in FourTrack 2.0

  • Bounce – Mix your song to track 1 and 2 of a new song. This makes room for two more tracks while preserving the originals for syncing to desktop recording software.
  • Duplicate – Make a backup of your song and continue working on it in a different file.
  • Metronome – Maintain a consistent tempo by recording along with real drums (not MIDI) using FourTrack’s built-in metronome. Select a tempo by entering a number or by tapping. Choose from seven sounds including three beats by celebrity drummer Jason McGerr on his signature Ludwig kit recorded in his Seattle based studio, Two Sticks Audio. Other sounds (Block A, Block B, High Hat, and Pop) are samples of live drums and percussion courtesy of Discrete Drums, the original multitrack drum library. Time signatures include 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 and X/4 (which are unaccented beats that can be used to play 5, 7, 9 and other odd meters).