Vio Update

Vio voice synthesizer got a big update full of improvements, including AudioCopy/Paste at high quality settings.

What's new in 1.1.0

  • recordings are now accessible directly from the main screen (bottom, center)
  • you can now audition recordings in the app
  • you can now save recordings to your Photo Library, allowing you to send them via iMessage/MMS and upload to YouTube
  • AudioCopy/Paste is now functional when recording quality is set to high (iOS Settings > Vio)
  • icons on main screen are now larger
  • fixed an error generated when using the Alesis iO Dock and some other accessories
  • added 128kbps AAC as a recording option
  • improved resizing of the settings popover on iPad
  • streamlined Vio's settings screen
  • added buttons to find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube & Vimeo
  • added the ability to reset your SoundCloud login (iOS Settings > Vio)

Buy Vio on iTunes: $2.99


I couldn't find any new videos for Vio, but here is one of the original promos featuring Aby Wolf. The results sound surprisingly like Marlee Matlin (which Google correctly identifies as the first result for "that deaf actress") trying to sing.

Orphion Intro

Orphion developer Bastus Trump would like for you to remember Orphion exists, so he released a new "intro" video.
In addition to being a unique MIDI instrument interface, Orphion supports Audiobus for exporting its own sounds.

Buy Orphion on iTunes: $3.99

Garageband Updated with Audiobus!

Many have speculated that this day would never come, but Apple has indeed updated Garageband with Audiobus support!

The update allows Garageband to be used as an Audiobus Ouput. Finally Apple's own app can play with all the other great apps!

What's New in Version 1.4

  • Play and record music apps supported by Audiobus directly into GarageBand*
  • Turn off grid snapping to get finer control over region and note editing
  • Fixes an issue that resulted in feedback while connecting 3rd-party audio accessories into the headphone/microphone jack
* Requires iPhone 4S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 or later. Audiobus requires a separate purchase.

Multi-track recording, as we see in other DAWs like Cubasis and BeatMaker 2, is unfortunately not available in this version. All Audiobus input apps will be recorded together to a single track in Garageband. This is a small, but important, caveat in an otherwise milestone accomplishment for Audiobus support.

Buy Garageband on iTunes: $4.99

This coincides with the first, and potentially only, sale on Audiobus for 50% off!

Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)


JACK Audio Connection Kit

Crudebyte has released JACK Audio Connection Kit for iOS as a way to connect apps for both audio and MIDI between apps. Previous JACK has been used for many years on desktop OSes, with a lot of popularity among Linux users.

This is a direct, and free, competitor to Audiobus so I feel I should put in some disclaimers here. I have personal and professional relationships with both of the Audiobus developers. Hell, I was playing StarCraft 2 with Sebastian earlier this week.

All that said, I'm very excited about JACK! Unifying MIDI and Audio in a single app is godsend when we still have a mess of different VirtualMIDI implementations between developers. For the most part they've got VirtualMIDI figured out, but it is always slightly different between each developer and just different enough to be confusing for users. JACK has the potential to make this a thing of the past, with all MIDI from all apps being routed visually in the same app. I've been speaking with the developer this morning and he pointed out that nothing is being dictated by JACK here; you can still use good old VirtualMIDI if you prefer while JACK handles the audio!

The interface is not as streamlined as Audiobus, but the more modular view is helpful to create very specific routing. In Audiobus if you throw in an effect all of your inputs will be routed through that before reaching the output. With JACK's architecture you could route a single app through an effect.

I emphasize the could part of that. This was just released and so far the only apps on iTunes that support JACK are those of the developer. Presently that is just MIDI Wrench, a useful free MIDI diagnostic app, and CMP Grand Piano. CMP Grand Piano is a quite serious piano app, but it will take up a serious amount of your iPad storage at 1.7GB!

Users should be excited about this, there is no "buy in" on your part. Developers will have a tough time deciding how to allocate their time though. It only takes an hour to implement either JACK or Audiobus, but there are support issues when implementing third-party SDKs. Between JACK, Audiobus, and Sonoma's AudioCopy/Paste, we ask this of Devs quite a lot.

iTunes Description:

JACK is more than just one app. It is a system that connects the music and audio world on your iOS device. JACK allows audio channels and MIDI ports of your audio & music apps to be connected with each other. It does not force a predefined schema in which way apps shall be connected with each other. You can freely connect them in any way you want, intuitively like drawing on a paper. Besides audio & MIDI interconnection, JACK provides other very useful mechanisms to let your audio apps work together like never before. For example record/playback synchronization between DAWs and sequencer apps. Arbitrary data sharing among apps and much more. Even though JACK is quite new on iOS, it already came a long way. Providing you the most professional and powerful environment for your audio apps, highly optimized with explicit multi core support, low latency and maturity which it gained over many years of usage and development on other operating systems already. JACK is an open standard, which can freely be supported by anybody.

Current Features:

  • Audio connections between apps and external devices.
  • MIDI connections between apps and external devices.
  • Record/Playback synchronization between apps.
  • Multi Core CPU support for high performance (parallelized internal audio graph).
  • Low Latency Performance (configurable, i.e. 2ms buffer sizes).
  • Arbitrary, custom data sharing among apps (allows easy extensions of the system).
  • Arbitrary amount of audio & MIDI ports per app, changeable at runtime.
  • Intuitive user interface that allows you to easily manage all audio and MIDI connections, environment settings, monitor current overall CPU usage and more ...

Buy JACK Audio Connection Kit on iTunes: Free

Buy MIDI Wrench on iTunes: Free

 

Buy CMP Grand Piano on iTunes: $8.99

Sonic Touch #22: Arturia iMini vs Model D

This episode of Sonic Touch features Nick and Gaz, with Arturia's iMini. They then go on to compare it to a real Minimoog!

Buy iMini on iTunes: $9.99

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