Audio Evolution Mobile Studio arrives on iOS

After being very sucessful on Android Audio Evolution Mobile comes to iOS with an impressive range of features.

Record your ideas on the go or create entire music productions from scratch, we’ll leave it up to you! This app is a portable multitrack audio and MIDI recording studio featuring virtual instruments, editing with unlimited undo/redo, mixing, real-time effects, automation and much more!

Note that this is our initial release and we’d appreciate any feedback or bug reports! We are highly responsive to customer feedback.

Features:

  • Multitrack audio recording / playback
  • MIDI sequencing with piano roll editor
  • Drum pattern editor
  • Inter-app audio effects and instruments
  • AudioBus support (including AudioBus remote)
  • Audio Unit v3 instruments and effects displayed directly in the app
  • Non-linear editing with move, trim, split, cut/copy/paste, remove, cross-fade, etc. with full undo/redo
  • Virtual instruments (comes with free instruments and more instrument packs to download with in-app purchase)
  • Wide range of downloadable loops available (free and paid)
  • Clip volume and fade points
  • Loop playback
  • Automation of mixer and effect parameters
  • Mix-down to WAV, AIFF and ALAC
  • Metronome
  • Punch in/out
  • Zoom down to the sample
  • Each track has controls for volume, panning, mute, solo, arm, 3-band EQ with mid-sweep, 3 insert effects, 2 effect sends and output bus selection
  • Unlimited number of tracks (more than 3 requires the PRO in-app purchase)
  • Unlimited number of groups (requires the PRO in-app purchase)
  • Real-time effects including: chorus, compressor, delay, dual delay, reverse delay, reverb, flanger, noise gate and many more!
  • Offline effects: fade in/out, normalize, reverse, pitch shift, time stretching
  • Several grid options for aligning your samples (with tempo and time signature settings)
  • Projects are interchangeable with our Android version
  • Export to other DAW’s by rendering all tracks to separate audio files (stems)
  • Media server to access your files easily from a desktop computer

In short: a complete portable multitrack music studio that will replace your fourtrack recorder or tape machine!

The following in-app purchases are available to expand your studio:

  • FX pack 1 (distortion, overdrive, speaker sim, wah wah, phaser)
  • FX pack 2 (10-, 15-, 30-band graphic EQ)
  • ToneBoosters effect pack 1 (Barricade, DeEsser, Gate, Reverb)
  • ToneBoosters EQ with frequency analyzer
  • ToneBoosters Compressor
  • Autotune with two-voice harmonizer
  • Soundfont instrument packs
  • Loop packs from Function Loops

Audio Evolution Mobile Studio is free on the app store (with IAPs):

Trackd brings us Songs of the Centenary

I’ve mentioned Trackd before, so if you don’t know what it is then take a look at this post. In short Trackd is a collaborative 8 track studio in your iPhone. There’s a great history behind the people from Trackd.

In 1968, British brothers Norman and Barry Sheffield opened Trident Studios at St. Anne’s Court, Soho. The studio was always at the pinnacle of recording tech and very soon attracted the big-hitting stars of the time. You know, artists like The Beatles, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Queen & Elton John to drop but a few names.

What the original studio stood for and achieved inspired us to do something that matters to music. Trackd was born at SXSW a couple of years ago in a fateful meeting over a taco, and we carry the heart and soul of the original studio with us into today’s musical universe.

Trackd is just over a year old now, and has started to do some really interesting things, for instance their ‘Songs of the Centenary’ project, which you can read about here, and download the stems here. Engaging projects like this can help to bring new ideas together and get people using accessible technologies like Trackd to realise their own artistic vision.

I first found out about Trackd at one of the Music Tech Pitch events that I help to run. Trackd really stood out for me as an app and an idea that could bring musicians together and help people to collaborate and communicate around musical ideas. That view hasn’t changed at all.

So if you don’t know Trackd I’d encourage you to take a look and see what it can do, and who it can help you talk to. The app is free on the app store with IAPs.

Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack version 7.2 arrives

FourTracks is one of the first multi-track apps to have hit iOS (before it was called iOS too) and is still a personal favourite of mine. It’s great to see it still get updated. Here’s everything new in 7.2:

  • Updated for iOS 10 (fixes broken MIDI communication with GuitarJack Stage in iOS 10)
  • Sessions can now be individually imported using iTunes File Sharing
  • Added ability to play audio through iPhone receiver
  • Fixed issues with File Import, email importing and Dropbox
  • Fixed issues with input monitoring
    Fixed bug where system volume was reset to 2 clicks on startup with an external interface connected
  • Fixed bug where MasterFX compressor reset button toggled threshold between min and max slider value
  • Fixed bug where saving a TaylorEQ preset didn’t re-enable song tools and exit buttons
  • Songs have been moved from the Sessions folder to the top-level Documents folder
  • Misc UI improvements and updates
    • GuitarTone improvements:
      Fixed bugs prohibiting saving of edited presets and impeding navigation
    • Improved navigation and behavior with unowned presets loaded (“More Gear Required”)
    • Fixed delay and filter bugs in tape delay FX pedals

n-Track Studio 8 arrives with amazing new features and a very different model for iOS music making

It’s been a big day today, firstly seeing the arrival of Cubasis 2 (plus the LE version), and now with n-Track Studio 8 arriving too.

This is a big and very significant shift for n-Track is a lot of ways.

  • Firstly, this is a big update with a lot of new functionality in it so it’s well worth reading all of the detail below.
  • Secondly, n-Track 8 is now an AU host, which makes it one of only a few in that category
  • Finally, and this is really different, n-Track 8 is free, but is using a subscription model for pricing. This is a real shift for mobile music and needs a little thinking about.

So what do we think about subscription models?

Well firstly I’d like to point out that this isn’t something entirely new. In actual fact when Sunvox first arrived on Palm OS is used a subscription model. Not many people will remember that at all (I’m looking at you Jo), but it worked like that for a while. Secondly, this kind of model is actually starting to gain ground in the desktop world, with Splice launching their ‘rent-to-own’ model recently.

Personally I think it’s a model that’s worth exploring. If you’ve got a project that demands the pro features in n-Track 8 you could use those for a month or two then scale back. If anything it’s probably more flexible than paying up front for an app where you’re not going to use all of the features, or indeed buying an IAP only to find that it doesn’t really suit you.

It’ll be interesting to see how this is accepted by the wider community, but I’m positive about it, and if anything, I’d like to see a few more apps go down this route. For now, take a look a the new app’s description, grab it (it’s free and universal) and tell me what you think of the model.

n-Track Studio 8, all the detail you could want!

n-Track Studio 8 turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a complete recording studio. Record and playback a virtually unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks, mix them during playback and add effects. Edit your song and share it with your friends, or join the Songtree community and jam with other artists.

HOW IT WORKS:
Record a base track with the built-in mic or an external sound card, add other audio tracks or create a melody using the internal keyboard or the built-in virtual instruments.

Import a groove or create it using the step sequencer, use the mixer to adjust levels, pan, apply equalization and add effects, save or share the recording directly from your device to your friends

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Stereo and mono audio tracks
  • Virtually unlimited number of tracks (max 11 tracks without in-app purchases)
  • Group and Aux channels
  • MIDI tracks with builtin synth featuring 128 General MIDI instrument sounds
  • Pianoroll MIDI editor
  • Step Sequencer
  • On-screen MIDI keyboard
  • EQ with 2D and 3D Spectrum analyzer + chromatic tuner*
  • Import existing tracks from your iTunes library
  • Reverb, Echo, Chorus+Flanger, Tremolo, Pitch Shift, Phaser, – Tube-Amp and Compression effects can be added to any track and master channel*
  • Automate track volumes and pan using volume and pan envelopes
  • Supports the new AudioUnit plug-in standard: open 3rd party effects and instruments inside the app, without switching to another app*
  • Audiobus input and output: you can send audio from other apps to n-Track, play your favorite instrument app and record the output inside n-Track alongside the device mic/line input. Each Audiobus app can be recorded to a separate track*
  • Interapp audio: receive audio from instrument apps, use other apps as effects or host n-Track inside another app*
  • Share your recordings on Facebook
  • Collaborate to create music with other musicians with the integrated Songtree online music making community
  • Quick one touch drums and bass grooves tracks
  • Built-in metronome

ADVANCED FEATURES:

  • 64 bit double precision floating point audio engine*
  • Internal audio routing
  • Support for multichannel external audio devices on the iPad: record 4 or more tracks simultaneously from pro-audio devices such as the RME Babyface, Fireface, Focusrite Scarlett etc.
  • Support for multiple audio output when using compatible USB devices*
  • Record 16, 24 or 32 bits audio files*
  • Set sampling frequency up to 192 kHz (frequencies above 48 kHz require an external audio device)
  • Sync with other apps or external devices using MIDI clock and MTC sync, master & slave*
  • Choose microphone on multi-mic devices and set microphone polar pattern (e.g. cardiod, omnidirectional)
  • Allows monitoring and processing live audio input with near-zero latency
  • AudioCopy 2.0 allows transferring audio files between compatible apps
  • Support for DropBox and SoundCloud

SUBSCRIPTION INFO*
Some features require one of the two available in-app subscriptions levels:

Standard edition:

  • Length: 1 month
  • Price: $0.99 for 1 month
  • What you get:
    • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (Free edition is limited to 8 audio tracks, 1 MIDI track and 2 step-sequencer tracks)
    • Unlocks all the available effects (Free edition has Reverb, Compression, Echo and Chorus)
    • Unlimited number of effects per channel (Free editon has up to 2)

Pro edition:

  • Length: 1 month
  • Price: $1.99 for 1 month
  • What you get:
    • 64 bit audio engine
    • Export in 32 and 64 bit uncompressed (wav) format (the Free and Standard edition are limited to 16 or 24 bit wav)
    • 3D frequency spectrum view

Get n-Track Studio 8 on the app store now:

Video: Using DrumPerfect and DrumPerfect Pro with Auria Pro

Video description:

“A demonstration of driving DrumPerfect from Auria Pro using a MIDI track in Auria Pro and recording all 16 drum kit channels to stereo audio tracks in Auria Pro. The same applies to DrumPerfect Pro – see the short followup video using DrumPerfect Pro as a drop-in replacement.”

Video description:

“A short followup video to the other on DrumPerfect and Auria Pro, this time using DrumPerfect Pro. Do watch the other video to understand the technique. This one simply demonstrates that you can use DrumPerfect Pro as a drop in replacement for DrumPerfect, but the other video goes into the detail of how to do it. Oh – one other thing: I show in this video why the issue of having both a subgroup as well as a bus is important for soloing parts – which I mentioned but forgot to show in the original. Watch both and you’ll put the pieces together ;-)”

Videos published by MusicInclusive.

Auria Pro has arrived

At long last, and after a very long wait Auria Pro has finally arrived, and it is a beast. Here’s the full details of the Pro version …

Auria Pro – Mobile Music Production. Redefined.

“This is the first mobile mixing (AND recording AND post production) app that I’ve ever used that is truly professional. Just Wow !” – David Kahne (Grammy winning producer/engineer for Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Stevie Nicks, Sublime, The Bangles, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor)

  • TEC Awards 2012 Nominee
  • Computer Music Innovation Award
  • Computer Music Performance Award
  • Sound on Sound 2013 Awards Nominee
  • Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award

Introducing Auria Pro. The first Digital Audio Workstation designed from the ground up for iPad. With professional-level features like comprehensive MIDI support, built-in sampler player and analog synths, real-time audio warping, AAF import/export, powerful busing, and optional third-party plug-in support from names like PSP, FabFilter, Overloud and Drumagog, Auria Pro clearly sets a new standard for mobile music production.

“Prepare to be amazed.” – Computer Music Magazine

“…I was immediately convinced that this is the hottest musical app to make it to the iPad so far…” – Recording Magazine

FEATURES:

  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Lyra multi-format sample player with a free downloadable 4GB sample library. Lyra is a true disk streaming sampler, capable of playing multi-GB sample instruments. Supports SFZ, EXS and SF2
  • FabFilter Twin2 and One analog synthesizers included
  • Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible audio interfaces (Lightning to USB Camera adapter required)
  • Real-time audio warping using élastique Pro v3, allows audio tracks to be stretched in real time.
  • Powerful audio busing system allows flexible routing of audio between tracks, subgroups and Auxes.
  • Piano roll editor
  • Tempo and Time-signature Tracks
  • Real-time MIDI parameters allow immediate control over MIDI tracks
  • Comprehensive MIDI processing functions
  • Groove quantizing, includes a free set of DNA grooves from Numerical Sound (additional grooves available for purchase).
  • User groove extraction from MIDI and audio tracks
  • Audio quantizing
  • Audio transient to MIDI conversion
  • Transient slicing
  • Project templates
  • Support for external iOS-compatible Hard Drives for project backup
  • 24-bit recording
  • 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
  • Third party plug-in support available via in-app purchase
  • MIDI Sync support with MTC Chase, MIDI Clock and MMC
  • MIDI Remote Control (Mackie MCU and HUI protocol)
  • Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz
  • AAF import and export allows transferring complete sessions between popular DAWs like Logic, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Samplitude and others
  • StereoDelay, StereoChorus, ClassicVerb and Convolution Reverb plugins included
  • 8 Assignable subgroups and 6 aux sends
  • Time Stretching using ZTX technology and élastique Pro v3
  • Real-time audio scrubbing
  • Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats and more
  • DropBox, Audiobus, IAA, SoundCloud and Audio Copy/Paste support
  • Track freeze for minimizing CPU usage
  • Full automation support
  • True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode
  • Adjustable pan law
  • Auto-punch mode
  • Full delay compensation on all tracks, subgroups, busses and aux sends
  • Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak
  • Sample accurate looping
  • Automatic sample rate conversion

REQUIREMENTS:

  • iPad 4 or later
  • iOS 6.0 or later
  • USB audio interfaces require Apple Lightning to USB Camera adapter

Auria Pro costs $49.99 on the app store:

n-Track is getting even more interesting, and so is Songtree

n-Track has been a longtime favourite iOS DAW of mine. Also it is extremely cross platform too, sitting on iOS, Android, PC and Mac. Now the n-Track developer is integrating the Songtree community too. That’s pretty awesome. In fact, that’s awesome for both.

But the story doesn’t end there, not for n-Track. It’s going to add Pd (Pure Data) support. Initially in their desktop apps, but then, once that’s stable, they’ll be rolling it out to mobile. Now, how amazing is that going to be? Pd in your mobile DAW!

Cool thing to look forward to …

So, what about Songtree? Well apart from n-Track coming to Songtree it also seems that it’s getting an integration with LoopTree! (seems to be a lot of trees here)

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Which will be very useful.

All together these things are going to start to become very powerful tools indeed, and very useful integrations.

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