Audiobus 3 updated – iconic iOS music app gets some fine-tuning

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I posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the bering of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version has three new headline features. First, the app provides MIDI routing between compatible apps, making it easier to configure your overall arrangement of apps within a specific Audiobus project.

Second, Audiobus will now support Audio Unit plugins as well as Audiobus and IAA compatible apps. This is obviously an important development given that AU is now making considerable progress under iOS and, for some iOS musicians, is perhaps meaning that an app such as Audiobus might be less critical in their workflow. Adding AU support means that you can get the best of both worlds within Audiobus; it’s proven app connectivity features and access to all the new AU apps.

Third, Audiobus 3 includes an input mixer allowing you to balance volumes of all your audio sources. Again, this is a very useful addition, particularly for those using Audiobus within a performance context and running multiple apps; it makes it much easier to control the balance of their various audio outputs from a single, convenient, screen.

The first update to Audiobus 3 adds anew low latency option…. for those happy to push their hardware as hard as possible :-)

The combination of these new features, alongside the inter-app audio connectivity that Audiobus already provides, plus the fact that all your project configurations will be saved for instant recall, will, of course, allow Audiobus 3 to perform a much more comprehensive role as an ‘music app hub’ than the previous version.

We have seen a steady stream of other apps updating to take advantage of the new Audiobus features and, on my own iPad Pro test system at least, the new version has been a pretty seamless transition with the new MIDI routing features being a particular attraction. If Audiobus was already an established part of your iOS music making workflow, then v.3 is an obvious purchase.

Anyway, the first update to the app has now appeared on the App Store – v.3.0.1 – and this brings a bunch of minor bug fixes as well as a few new features. The fixes are all pretty routine but welcome none-the-less. In terms of new features there are better labelling options for hardware-based MIDI ports, double tapping options to reset pan and volume sliders to their default values (useful) and a 65 sample latency option for maximum responsiveness (and, of course, greater CPU demands).

The update also adds a Clear Session button…..

However, the other new feature – a new ‘Clear Session’ button – is perhaps the most useful. The advice is to use this button before closing Audiobus (although make sure to save your project first). I assume this does a more polite ‘disconnect all loaded apps from Audiobus’ roundup before you exist Audiobus itself and tries to reduce the likelihood of apps being left ‘ghosted’ (sort of running in the background but not visible). If so, that’s a welcome addition…..  and while I’ve only given the option a quick run through this morning, it seems to do a good job.

Audiobus 3 requires iOS10.2 or later, is universal, a 48MB download and is priced at UK£9.99/US$9.99. There are no IAPs to purchase; all features are included in the base price of the app. Feel free to read the full Audiobus 3 review, check out the launch videos below and then hit the download button to find out more via the App Store :-)

Audiobus 3

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    1. A great app, to be sure. But would still have liked integrated Midi tools, as opposed to being required to buy third party in order to get the best from it. An opportunity missed, perhaps. App still well worth buying, though.

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