Steinberg Cubasis

Steinberg have released Cubasis, a version of their popular Cubase DAW for iPad! Steinberg's new app directly competes with Auria in both price and features. Unlike Auria, you can sequence other apps with Virtual MIDI. Also unlike Auria, they do not seem to be offering the third-party VST support Auria is going for, which is kind of amusing since VST is a Stienberg technology.

Thanks to Bianca and Hoyas79 for this news!

iTunes Description:

Cubasis is Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze. Record tracks in CD audio quality, and edit your music with the Key and Sample Editors, while the included mixer and audio effects polish your song to perfection. Cubasis comes loaded with dozens of virtual instrument sounds which can be played in real time using the virtual keyboard and drum pads. Cubasis’ projects can be even opened in Cubase under Windows and OS X! Cubasis places touch-intuitive production tools in your hands, opening up a new world of possibilities for your creativity.

Key features

• Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (Not really, see below.)
• Over 70 virtual instrument sounds based on HALion Sonic
• MixConsole with over 10 effect processors
• Over 300 MIDI and audio loops
• Virtual keyboard and virtual drum pads
• Sample Editor and Key Editor
• Export projects to Cubase, Dropbox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy and email
• Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported
• Sequence other CoreMIDI apps (MIDI recording only) and run Cubasis simultaneously via background audio
• Audio import from iTunes music library, AudioPaste, Wi-Fi server and iTunes file sharing
• Audio mixdown and MIDI export


• 48 voices: iPad 2, iPad mini
• 64 voices: iPad 3, iPad 4

Buy Cubasis on iTunes: $49.99

iOS Update Vol. 25: Audiobus

Mitch Gallagher from Sweetwater does a great overview of Audiobus and its uses, in this week's iOS Update!

Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $9.99

Magellan Updated with Audiobus!

The iPad version of Magellan got a nice big update today, including Audiobus support and 32 free presets from Sunsine Audio!

What's new in Megallan 2.0:

  • Audiobus integration: use Magellan as an input in Audiobus graphs!
  • Free new bank of 32 presets produced by Sunsine Audio!
  • Fully compatible with the new Magellan Jr. for iPhone and iPod Touch
  • New touch pad control framework with highly improved expression and expanded options
  • New velocity sense feature for the keyboards, using the accelerometer. Touch softly for quieter notes, and tap harder for louder ones.
  • MIDI Bank and Program changes
  • Enumerated banks/presets tables for easier reference for program changes
  • Settable hardware buffer size
  • Much wider range of keyboard key sizes
  • Updated recording module
  • New, more robust metronome with a wider range of time signatures

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $9.99

Thanks to Maria, Hoyas79 and Will for the news. Will is also quite excited about the MIDI Program change support. This is a feature more iOS Synths need! You get a lot more use of a synth when you can change patches on the fly with MIDI.

Here is a demo video of the new features in Megallan 2.0.

Audulus Updated with Audiobus!

Following swiftly on last week's Virtual MIDI update, Audulus now supports Audiobus! It is also on sale until the end of the year.

What's new in 1.8:

Introducing Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps!

Also in Audulus 1.8:

  • New Nodes: Div, LessThan, Range
  • graphics optimizations
  • audio engine optimizations

In addition to using Audulus as an Audiobus input, reader rbh wrote in to tell me that it can also be used as a filter!

Buy Audulus on iTunes: $14.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Modified Numark iDJ Live Midi Controller

Like myself, Steve Brown believes in honest reviews over glowing reviews. Also like myself, Steve Brown is unlikely to work for professional music gear magazine publishers. This is because Steve Brown also believes in the Cave Johnson school of thought: When Life gives you lemons, burn Life's house down... with the lemons.

When Numark sent him an iDJ Live to review for DJ Worx (formerly Skratchworx), he wrote an honest one. DJ Worx refused to publish it. One of his chief complaints was that the jog wheels on the iDJ were far too laggy, so he set out to modify his review unit, to be able to playing on the iPad screen instead of the useless jog wheels.

Correction: Mark Settle from DJ Worx was quick to point out that they did in fact run his review. In the comments here he insists that the review appeared in full and unedited. You can see it at the SkratchWorx archive.

I am unclear on why the YouTube description says otherwise:

The folks at Numark were nice enough to give me an IDJ Live so that I could write a glowing review of it for Skratchworx. I wrote an honest review and nobody wanted it published. I also modified the controller and sent it back to them. (one might think that they implemented to locking mechanism from my idea)

Here is his demo of the modified iDJ Live.

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