Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus gets iOS11 fine-tuning

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.

Audiobus 3 – now with some fine-tuning for iOS11….

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 appeared on the App Store earlier this week with v.3.0.7. As you might expect so soon after the launch of iOS1, this update is essentially some fine-tuning for Apple’s latest mobile OS version. What we are getting here are refinements for both the display and the handling of AU plugins under iOS 11. Obviously, this is welcome and Audiobus now joins a steadily growing list of iOS music apps that have received similar adjustments to ensure compatibility with the new iOS version.

As I mentioned in my weekly newsletter email on Friday, I’ve now taken the plunge with iOS11 myself on my main ‘work’ iPad (a now two year old iPad Pro). While I suspect that I might have lost a couple of older music apps that I dipped into occasional as a consequence of moving to 11, as I’m doing my best to work  with AU-based apps whenever possible, I have to say that, so far at least, the switch to iOS11 has been pretty painless. And having given the latest version AB3 a quick spin yesterday afternoon, things seem to be working pretty smoothly….

Audiobus 3 requires iOS10.2 or later, is universal, a 40MB 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 demo 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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