I’ve been producing music on the iPad since the day that GarageBand came out – literally.
My workflow has been to get a song to a certain point on the iPad, using Midi keyboard, a USB guitar interface and the various tools in Garageband. Then move the song to my Mac where I would do the polishing in the OS X version of Garageband or Logic Pro.
Then over the Christmas break last year I discovered Audiobus – what an amazing tool!
Up until this point I was aware of the growing list of Apps, things like drum machines, synths etc.. but was not really interested because there was no way of communicating between apps. After spending an afternoon learning about Audiobus my workflow had changed forever!
Magellan (a brilliant synth), Loopy HD, Jamup Pro (Guitar and Bass effects) and about $50 dollars later, I had my myself an incredible new set of tools, sounds and possibilities. Compare this to what you would have been paying for in the world before iOS music!
And of course Audiobus – a simple idea but executed with perfection. An app that allows one audio app to send it’s input or output to another or via another (in the case of effects). When I started playing with it, one of the first things that I thought, this is going to have lag how usable will it really be? Until now, I’ve still not seen any sign of poor performance at all and I’m using it on an iPad 2 which is by no means the quickest iPad out there.
So now, the workflow is in disarray but that’s ok it’s exciting to have a new set of tools and sounds but it just takes a bit of getting used to.
If all of this sounds exciting check out the Audiobus site first audiob.us, take a look through the Apps page (iOS music apps that are compatible with Audiobus), not only does this show you which apps will work together but I’ve found it a brilliant way to simply find out about some great music apps.