What Is Audiobus & How Will It Change Mobile Music Making?

Audiobus has been one of the most talked about new music technologies since it was announced earlier in this year.

One of the key limitations for music apps on iOS has been the challenges of working with audio from multiple music apps ‘in the box’. Audiobus – a new option for routing live audio on iOS – promises to change that.

Since the initial Audiobus announcement, there’s been debate over whether iOS 6 would derail the project, skepticism that it would get approved by Apple and confusion about what it is. Even now that Audiobus has been approved by Apple, there’s still confusion over how it will work and what it means for iOS music making.

To address this, we talked with developer Sebastian Dittmann and beta user Tim Webb.

Audiobus: The Developer’s View

Sebastian Dittmann is one of the founders of Audanika, the creator of SoundPrism Pro. Audiobus is a joint venture between Dittmann and Michael Tyson of A Tasty Pixel, creator of the iOS looping app Loopy.

We asked Dittmann about Audiobus, how it came about and how he sees it fitting into the future of mobile music making.

Synthtopia: To start off, Sebastian, what is Audiobus? What is your vision for Audiobus and how it will be used?

Sebastian Dittmann: Audiobus is a standalone app and an API for other developers to include in their own apps. Audiobus allows live audio streaming between apps, providing for the ability to use apps together like modules in a studio.

It’s the virtual ‘cabling’ that ties everything together.

We envision a whole new way of making music, bringing together the work of many different developers. We also envision a whole new class of music apps that provide audio processing capabilities to other apps.

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Little MIDI Machine 3 Adds Modular Sequencing Power & Is Still Free!

Synthetic Bits has updated Little MIDI Machine, its software step sequencer for iOS, adding modular sequencing power, plus Virtual MIDI support.

Little MIDI Machine is designed to give you the step sequencing power of a hardware analog sequencer on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. It lets you program two independent sequencers that send note and velocity MIDI data out on two MIDI channels to control your synthesizers.

Here’s what’s new in Little MIDI Machine 3:

  • Virtual MIDI and background audio support, so you can sequence other synth apps
  • Two sequences for iPhone/Touch version
  • MIDI input support, enter sequence notes or transpose on the fly
  • New supersequence feature lets you create 64 step sequences
  • Sequence note length per step, just like pitch and velocity
  • Un-link pitch, velocity and length parts so they run independently
  • Improved MIDI routing and configuration
  • Variable MIDI latency setting
  • Footswitch start/stop
  • OMAC fast switch support to quickly switch to other apps
  • Option to clear sequence with random data
  • Misc bug fixes and improvements

New iPad Synth, Arctic Keys (Sneak Preview)

Arctic Keys synth for iOS

Developer One Red Dog Media, creator of Molten drum machine for iOS, has announced that their new virtual analog synthesizer for the iPad, Arctic Keys, has been submitted to Apple for approval.

Arctic Keys is a four-voice synth, offering extensive modulation capabilities, an arpeggiator, a sequencer and deep MIDI options.

Here’s what they have to say about Arctic Keys:

Tweak. With all the synthesizer parameters immediately available on one page, you get instant feedback as you tweak.

The two LFOs each have three modulation destinations. Each LFO may also be free running or sync’ed to tempo and the timing rate adjusted.

The modulation matrix allows for deep routing between the Mod Wheel, aftertouch and 16 x 4 analog-style gated step-sequencer.

Perform. The classic arpeggiator is complimented by the 16 x 4 gated step-sequencer. Play a note to trigger the sequencer.

Step through a sequence to play short melodic lines or let it modulate the synthesiser. Each of the 4 tracks have an assignable modulation destination and loop point.

Adjust the velocity by tapping along the length of the key from top to bottom. Change the key mode to mono for retro lead lines.

Share. The live phrase recorder lets you save your performances as 44.1KHz 16-bit WAV files and as a Standard MIDI File.

The MIDI File includes all the knob’s control change information along with the notes you play.

Use Sonoma AudioCopy or Intua Audio Sharing to paste recorded audio directly into other apps.

E-mail the patches you make or share them over Wi-Fi

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Sunrizer iPad Synth Updated WIth Virtual MIDI, Multitasking

Sunrizer for iPad

BeepStreet has released an update to Sunrizer, a popular software synthesizer for iOS.

Here’s what’s new in Sunrizer v 1.3:

  • Virtual MIDI ports and full multitasking support (use BKG button)
  • Sunrizer now reacts to MIDI program and bank change messages. Internal Sysex format allows other supporting apps to take full control of Sunrizer.
  • Web banks library

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Sample Lab For iPad 1.5 Virtual MIDI Sync (Sneak Preview)

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This is a sneak preview of Sample Lab for iPad 1.5 w/ virtual MIDI sync:

This is a beta demo of version 1.5 due out with iOS5.

Virtual MIDI lets you sync the tempo of two apps simultaneously on the same iPad.

Sample Lab 1.5 also adds time stretch, per-beat panning and per-beat start/stop/loop selection.

via SampleLabApp