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Exclusive – Wave Machine Labs Auria Q&A

Posted by Mikers On March - 27 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

One of this year’s most anticipated apps for the music making world is Wave Machine Labs’ Auria, with its traditional looking user interface, 64-bit architecture, 48 audio tracks, VST effects, and much more.

Chris Miller from WaveMachine Labs was kind enough to answer a few of my questions on this very promising looking iPad app.


What was the inspiration/motivation behind developing Auria?

The mobile recording community was in need of a professional-grade recording app.


How long has Auria been in development for? And how many are on the team that worked on it?

Auria has been in development for a year, done mostly by our President, Rim, and with lots of contributions from the PSP team.


Auria’s UI looks more like a traditional DAW system than any other iPad multitrack apps before it, what was the thinking behind taking this approach?

Auria is meant to be a serious, professional app. We tried to recreate as close to a fully functional DAW on the iPad as we could.


Multitrack recording is obviously dependant on the audio interface available to users. Which model(s) have you had the best success with?

A list of tested and compatible interfaces is available at our website, auriaapp.com.


The specs state it’s possible to record up to 24 tracks at once. What hardware have you been able to do this with?

So far, the most we’ve gotten to record at once is 18 (limited by the interface), but the software supports more.


Why hasn’t VST been done in DAW apps for iPad until now? Was this particularly tricky to implement?

It wasn’t particularly tricky; it just feels that the requirement that all code be pre-loaded (and therefore not technically plugins in the sense that they’re not cross-platform) onto an Apple app has disenfranchised Plugin developers to developing version for the iOS platform.


What sort of limitations (if any) are there on the number of effects plug-ins and mix bus routing you can do per track?

Plugins add a few percentages of CPU each, but with the ability to freeze tracks, the effects can be printed and the plugins removed to free up processing power.


How many plug-ins will ship with Auria, and can you provide details on the plans to offer more in the future as in-app purchases?

Auria will ship with a handful of plugins built in, and there will be 10-20 available for in-app purchase. We will certainly add more with future updates.


Will Auria offer support for virtual instruments?

There will not be any MIDI or VSTi support in the first release.


I’m guessing there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing a version of Drumagog available at some stage, yes?

Drumagog will be available as an in-app purchase.


Are there any differences between the existing PSP plug-ins and the versions available in Auria?

There are slight differences, mostly to make them simpler and more efficient for the iPad.


What sort of compatibility is possible between Auria and external DAW software?

Auria supports full AAF Import/Export, so session data can be exchanged between Auria and virtually every major DAW.


For people who work with other iPad music apps, what type of support does Auria offer? AudioPaste? External syncing? WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology)?

Auria supports AudioPaste.


There looks to be a comprehensive list of audio editing options. Will you be able to scrub back and forth over single and multiple tracks of audio?

Scrubbing is not an option in this release.


Is the rendering of stereo mix downs done in real time, or faster?

Faster than real time.


Have you noticed any performance differences in running Auria on iPad 1 and iPad2?

The iPad 1 has been limited to 24 tracks, but other than that it’s pretty similar.


Is Auria Optimised for the new iPad?

Auria will run the same on the new iPad.


Wave Machine Labs Auria still doesn’t have a confirmed launch date. When it was first announced, it was expected to arrive in the first quarter of this year, which expires this weekend, so we should be expecting to see it appear in the very near future. For the latest on Wave Machine Labs Auria, head to the official site – auriaapp.com


Alesis is back with iO Mix

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Alesis has done it again. The company has developed another IO dock for the iPad, this time with the focus on tactile mixing thanks to the inclusion of a 4 channel mixer. Read on for a full run down.

The Alesis iO Mix is the first device that turns your iPad into a powerful portable studio, allowing you to record multiple mics or instruments directly into GarageBand or any other compatible Core Audio app.

With the iO Dock, Alesis was the first to make your iPad studio-compatible. Now with the iO Mix, your iPad becomes your studio. All the connections you need are onboard, including four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels and balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs. The iO Mix also has a video output, making it perfect for everything from presentations and corporate meetings to home entertainment and live performance visuals.

With the iO Mix’s four-channel capability you finally have everything you need for mixing and recording on your iPad, all in one device. There’s no more clunky dongle connections or USB cables needed. Your iPad is seamlessly integrated into a compact mixing console that will be immediately familiar and easy to use. When you close iO Mix’s hinged door, your iPad is completely enclosed and secure — you’ll hardly be able to tell that they’re separate devices.

iO Mix allows you to connect virtually any piece of recording gear to your iPad: microphones, instruments, speakers, headphones and more. Four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels are exactly where you need them on the rear of the unit. Each has trim, channel gain, pan, and low & high EQ controls located right in front of you. Push-button High Pass Filters are also available on each channel to eliminate low-frequency interference in live mixing and recording situations.

With its compact design, iO Mix is the perfect portable studio. Bring it to your band’s practice space, coffeehouse gig or weekend recording session. Switchable 48V phantom power allows you to use studio condenser microphones and iO Mix’s guitar-direct switch makes guitar recording easy. You don’t even need an amp! Simply connect your guitar or bass, flip the switch and use your iPad to add effects like reverb and delay. Balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs and 1/4″ headphone output are also onboard along with a switchable limiter for clip-free recordings.

iO Mix is Core Audio-compliant, allowing you to use it with virtually any app in the App Store. Plus, your iPad’s WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and 3G connectivity, allow you to tailor your sound at a moment’s notice or playback audio through compatible wireless speakers. Download new effects or filters to deal with unexpected live sound needs, or download songs, videos or entirely new applications to keep your audience entertained during a gig or the band’s creative energy flowing during a recording session.

Along with its four-channel mixing and recording capability, the iO Mix’ s ability to playback video makes it ideal for applications that were previously impossible. You can use the iO Mix to not only mix and record, but also playback live performance visuals behind the band. The iO Mix is also great for corporate presentations and business meetings, allowing up to four speakers to be mic’d and have video playing back simultaneously. With the optional Alesis Module Mount, you can attach the iO Mix to a nearby mic stand and have easy access to instantly adjust any mixing, recording or video-playback parameter.

Turn your iPad into a portable mixer and flexible recording studio, with the iO Mix, only from Alesis.

For more details – http://www.alesis.com/iomix

Sonoma’s StudioTrack gets shredding

Posted by Mikers On March - 19 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Sonoma Wire Works has just made life easier for those who use both their recording app, and virtual guitar amp app, by incorporating them in the one app! StudioTrack Multitrack Recording iPad App Adds GuitarTone Amps and Effects, a Tuner, and GuitarJack Controls for High Quality Sound, Stereo Recording, and Simultaneous Instrument and Voice Recording.

Here’s what’s new in the latest update to StudioTrack –

• GuitarTone Amps & Effects: Interpretations of essential vintage and custom amps and pedals. GuitarTone includes three free amps (’60 Slant, Custom and Tweed Blues) and three free effects (UltraPhase, Drive+ and Va-Room), with additional tones available for $9.99 per 12-pack. Amp and effect packs purchased in the GuitarTone app are activated in FourTrack and StudioTrack. GuitarJack activates $19.98 worth of GuitarTone amps and effects while connected.

• Free High Visibility Tuner: Fast, accurate tuning

• GuitarJack Control Panel – Adjust input settings of Sonoma’s GuitarJack high quality audio I/O interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Select 1/4-inch line in, stereo 1/8-inch line in, or use both inputs simultaneously to record onto two tracks at once. GuitarJack’s 1/8-inch stereo line/headphone output offers increased drive for headphones. GuitarJack features Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes, 60 dB of continuous level control, a 12 dB pad for 72 dB of adjustment and a 24-bit AD/DA converter.

A full run down on StudioTrack can be found here – http://www.sonomawireworks.com/iphone/studiotrack/

A full run down on GuitarTone can be found here –  http://www.sonomawireworks.com/iphone/guitartone/

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MicVault Studio

Posted by Mikers On March - 10 - 2012 2 COMMENTS

Did you ever wish you could carry one of the world’s greatest engineers in your pocket or backpack? While MicVault Studio doesn’t make that possible, it comes pretty close. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a serious hobbyist, every audio engineer, musician, and home recordist finds themselves needing advice on deciding what microphone to use on a particular sound source from time to time. If you don’t have the phone numbers of the world’s top engineers on speed dial, MicVault Studio will instantly save your day by offering microphone selection advice from Michael Wagener, Shane Wilson & Russ Long, three of the best. MicVault Studio includes microphone recommendations for everything from drums and percussion, to strings, guitars and vocals. And, if the recommended mic is beyond your price range, the engineers offer a low-budget alternative (if they feel there is one).

These three engineer’s credits run the gamut of commercial music and include artist’s such as Switchfoot, Wilco, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Mötley Crüe, Extreme, Hannah Montana, Relient K, Janet Jackson, Queen, Dokken, Mercy Me, Alice Cooper, Poison, Dolly Parton, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Guy Clark, Megadeth, Sixpence None the Richer and Chris Tomlin. MicVault Studio makes the experience these engineers gained while working with these artists available to you in a simple, quick and easy-to-use interface.

The easy-to-use app includes photos of all of the recommended microphones, as well as links to the microphone manufacturer’s websites.


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studio.HD – mini update

Posted by Mikers On March - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Bit of a quiet week on the shiny new music apps front, though here’s details on the latest update to one of the early multitrack recording apps for iPad from Sound Trends. It’s by no means massive overhaul, but the new features are welcomed additions.

studio.HD v.1.7 now offers:

– 24 DISCRETE AUDIO TRACKS, each with automated mixing and FX

So now it’s easy to bring your mix into another app like Twisted Wave for further editing, or to use Dropbox for archiving your mixes and Projects to “the Cloud”!

And of course we also added SoundCloud support in the last release, so of course you can get your tracks to Facebook.

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Cloud Audio Recorder for MOTIF XF

Posted by Mikers On February - 28 - 2012 1 COMMENT

Cloud Audio Recorder for MOTIF XF allows you to record MOTIF XF sound via Wi-Fi.
And you can share your MOTIF sound on SoundCloud.
Also you can copy & paste your sound to another iOS apps.

Recording & Share
Digital recording of MOTIF XF (44.1KHz, 16bit) via Wi-Fi.
Each recording max is 30 minutes.
Share it on SoundCloud.
Copy&Paste audio files between iOS apps (AudioCopy)

Wave Edit
Easy wave editing function (trimming, normalizing)

You need MOTIF XF v1.30 or later.
Please see MOTIF XF v1.20 manual to connect via Wi-Fi
To register SoundCloud, please see the URL.

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Cloud Audio Recorder

Posted by Mikers On February - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Cloud Audio Recorder allows you to record the sound of musical instruments
to your iOS devices via the built-in microphone.

The recorded data can be normalized, trimmed and signal processed on the iOS devices.
Recorded data can be freely uploaded to or downloaded from SoundCloud
Also you can copy & paste your sound to another iOS apps.

Recording & Share
Record the sound of musical instruments to your iOS devices via the built-in microphone.
Each recording max is 30 minutes. (Wav, 44.1KHz, 16bit)
Share it on SoundCloud.
Copy&Paste audio files between iOS apps (AudioCopy)

Wave Edit
Easy wave editing function (trimming, normalizing)
Signal processing is available. (Equalizer, Noise Suppression, Reverb, Gain)
Undo function.

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n-Track Studio update

Posted by Mikers On February - 14 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Nice to see a handful of improvements and features being added to this capable, if quirky, multitrack recorder.

n-Track Studio is an audio multitrack recorder that turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a full-fledged recording studio. You can record and playback a virtually unlimited number of audio tracks, mix them during playback and add effects.
You can also edit, cut, copy and paste, zoom and drag waveforms.
All the audio tracks are saved as standard wave files and mixed “on the fly” during playback.

What’s new in v1.6

Scrubbing (touch time cursor to select Drag or Scrub mode)
Option to disable the automatic gain control (AGC, i.e. input limiter) for builtin mic
Option to adjust builtin mic input level on supported devices
New Tube Distortion effect plug-in
Fixed flashing when dragging time cursor over time axis


More details on the n-Track family of apps here – http://ntrack.com/

Grab n-Track now –

Key update for Music Studio

Posted by Mikers On February - 1 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The folks at Xewton have just advised us of the latest update for their comprehensive music workstation app for iPad, called Music Studio, inlcuding CoreAudio and simultaneous multitrack recording! Exciting stuff…

What’s New in Version 2.0.4

• Stereo and up to 8 channel recording with CoreAudio class compliant hardware
• New setup option to normalize recorded audio files
• The tempo can now be decreased down to 20bpm
• SoundCloud: tap the username to logout
• MIDI Thru can be locked to the current track
• The pitch bend range is now read from .mid files
• Fix: the amp effect was not applied to input monitoring
• Bug fixes and minor improvements



Grab Music Studio now –

Apogee launches MiC

Posted by Mikers On January - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

MiC by Apogee is the most compact studio quality USB microphone available for iPad®, iPhone® and Mac. About the size of an iPhone, MiC makes it easy to capture your best take with incredible quality, anywhere your music takes you. Record any sound you can imagine, from vocals to vibraphones, acoustic to lap steel guitars, pianos to percussion and everything in between, and build a track right on your iPad with GarageBand. MiC is also the perfect companion to JAM, Apogee’s studio quality guitar input. Never before has the personal studio been so portable or so powerful. Join the recording revolution with MiC, JAM and GarageBand on iPad.


  • PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality
  • Studio quality cardioid condenser microphone
  • 44.1/48 kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion
  • Studio quality microphone preamp with up to 40dB of gain
  • No configuration, just plug in and record
  • Control knob allows easy input level adjustment
  • Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring
  • Designed for vocal and acoustic instrument recording
  • Also great for recording interviews, podcasts, voice overs, and audio for DSLR video
  • All metal construction
  • Extremely compact and portable
  • Works with GarageBand
  • Bus-powered by iPad, iPhone or Mac (no batteries or external power required)
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Full details and pricing are available here – http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/mic.php

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