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June 17, 2013

Apple Inter-App Audio coming in iOS 7

Apple may be seen as innovators who create trends rather than follow them – but it is the independent developers unrelated to Apple who seem to be making the big strides and taking the big risks.  They are the ones that take an idea and bring it to life, leaving Apple to catch on only after the attempts have been made.  This seems to work out for Apple who only feels the need to develop something once want has been created for it.  Inter-app audio has long since been the bane of music producers and performers who wanted to use multiple programs on their iPad for live performance.  Multitasking on a tablet is hardly close to the type of multitasking that can be done on desktop software – and developers wanted to bridge that gap.

Along came AudioBus and JACK, who worked with several software developers to create a solution …

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UniqueSquared
April 6, 2013

Keyboard, Plus iPad: iMIDIPatchbay Will Let You Set Up Live Keyboard

The iPad has certainly found a spot for itself in the hearts and minds of DJs, producers, and musicians.  Once thought to be mere toys that saved the lazy man a few minutes of wiring, these devices are now being put in charge of some pretty big responsibilities.  At first the iPad could not do more than hold its own as a digital musical device.  This means that a hardware keyboard for example could be digitized and represented on screen with the touch of a few keys.  Users quickly realized that this was not the most efficient way to use the tablet.  The latency and lack of solid keys and buttons made it hard to use with precision.

The next step was to use it as a MIDI controller that allowed you to plug in a controller and have it be virtualized.  This is where we are at today – …

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UniqueSquared

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March 29, 2013

JACK for iOS: Audio and MIDI Between Apps

Musicians of all types that rely on virtual versions of hardware or scaled down versions of iOS software are getting acquainted with the idea of being able to connect programs together within the operating system.  It is not different than what can be done with DAWs like Ableton, except that it is much harder to do using Apple’s system structure.  Basically, it cannot be done without the use of another program to oversee the connections between multiple audio programs.  A little less than a year ago, Audiobus began picking software to add to their list of compatible apps, and although they are certainly better known that other similar apps out there, they aren’t necessarily the best.

Jack for iOS is touted to perform the same tasks, such as routing MIDI keyboard to a virtual keyboard and patching audio from one program to another – but it has one thing …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 22, 2012

Using Audiobus For FX Processing

If all of the Audiobus updates and news is confusing to you, don’t worry – it’s confusing to me too.  Many of the producers who have been patiently waiting for Audiobus to be approved for use with their favorite DAW or app have already tried different methods to do what Audiobus can achieve.  Audiobus is touted to be able to send and receive audio from app to app – but it isn’t clear just exactly how it is all supposed to work.  The concept is simple in thought.  You have an app that control effects, but you want the signal to be streamed through that app without having to save files and open new apps.

Thankfully there are enough producers out there that think we’re idiots – which is a good thing.  They have provided some of their own tutorials on how to route or patch your audio signal the …

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UniqueSquared
December 20, 2012

Korg Adds Audiobus

Music gear manufacturers are forced to deal with a changing economic environment.  I’m not referring to the downsizing of the economy or the loss of jobs for the middle class, because even with less money to be made, people are still buying discretionary items like gadgets and musical instruments – they’re purchasing them in a different format.  Before a consumer even searched for a piece of hardware at the store, they’ve usually done their homework and have figured out the best alternative routes to achieve the same outcome.  That Korg Synthesizer may be pretty, but it’s also expensive when compared against the price of an emulated piece of software.  Even more, that emulated piece of software can be taken with me, even in the bathroom if I prefer – thanks to it being available on my iPhone.

Gear manufacturers must face the fact that many of their loyal fans would …