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:
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!
- 48 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files. (24 tracks on iPad 1)
- Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible USB audio interfaces (Camera Connection Kit required)
- Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz (iPad 1 supports only 44.1KHz and 48KHz)
- Vintage-inspired ChannelStrip on every channel by PSPAudioware includes Expander, Multiband EQ and Compressor
- MasterStrip on all subgroup and master channels featuring PSPAudioware BussPressor, EQ and Mastering Limiter
- 64 bit double-precision floating point mixing engine
- AAF import and export allows transferring complete sessions between popular DAWs like Logic, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Samplitude and more
- Convolution reverb plugin with included IR library
- ClassicVerb reverb plugin included
- StereoDelay and StereoChorus plugins included
- ReTune plugin included for auto pitch correction of vocals
- 8 Assignable subgroups and 2 aux sends
- Powerful waveform editor with features like cut/copy/paste, crossfade, duplicate, separate, gain, normalize, dc offset, reverse, and more
- Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats and more
- DropBox, SoundCloud and Audio Copy/Paste support
- Track freeze for minimizing CPU usage
- Full automation support on all controls with graphical editing
- True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode
- Optional video import feature allows sample accurate sync of video to an Auria project with adjustable offset times and video export capability
- Timeline ruler options include minutes:seconds, bars:beats, samples and SMPTE time
- Auto-punch mode
- WIST support for wireless syncing of other compatible music apps
- AuriaLink allows two iPads running Auria to play and record in sync, allowing for 96 tracks of playback and 48 tracks of recording
- Full delay compensation on all tracks, subgroups, and aux sends
- Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak
- Adjustable pan laws
- Sample accurate loop function
- Automatic sample rate conversion
- Built-in metronome
- Auria includes a demo song mixed by David Kahne
Here’s the official intro video for Auria from NAMM:
Here’s producer David Kahne offering his thoughts on Auria:
FInally, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the Auria demo song, tracked entirely on an iPad:
Tracks recorded via Camera Connection Kit and Presonus 1818VSL. Guitar overdubs via Apogee Jam.
- iPad 2 or later recommended.
- Compatible with all iPad models (iPad 1 has only 24 tracks, 44.1KHz and 48 KHz)
- Requires iOS 5.0 or later
- USB audio interfaces require Camera Connection Kit. A list of tested interfaces is available at the Auria site.
If you’ve used Auria, let us know what you think of it!
Update: We’ve posted an Auria review video.