Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus adds tempo controls via Ableton Link

Download from iTunes App StoreI posted a full review of Audiobus 3 when it was released at the beginning of April. As promised by the Audiobus team, the new version had 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 3 supports 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.

Spot the new features….. Audiobus 3 gets some useful new options including master tempo controls and effects bypass buttons.

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.

Anyway, the further update to the app has now appeared on the App Store – v.3.0.5 – and this brings a bunch of minor bug fixes (all welcome!) as well some new features. Two items top the ‘new’ list. First, Audiobus 3 now offers tempo controls and, via Ableton Link, you can now keep things all in sync, including apps running as AU plugins, within the Audiobus workflow. You can also control global tempo within Audiobus itself.

You can set the master tempo directly within Audiobus and your apps will hopefully all then stay in sync :-)

The second new feature is that there are now buttons included for effects apps (AU included) that allow them to be toggled on/off (that is, you can easily bypass effects) from within the Audiobus main screen. Incidentally, Audiobus Remote is also updated today to include this latter bit of functionality.

Audiobus Remote has also been updated with support for the new effects app on/off (bypass) buttons.

Having given AB3 a quick spin this afternoon, things seem to be working smoothly….  and a number of the routine fixes should bring more stable and efficient operation overall. Being able to adjust tempo within Audiobus seemed to work pretty well and my project’s loaded AU plugins all seemed to respond to tempo changes without any problems. The effect slot bypass buttons are also very useful for A/B auditioning your various effects choices.

Audiobus 3 requires iOS10.2 or later, is universal, a 50MB 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 App Store download button to find out more :-)

Audiobus 3

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Audiobus Remote

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