Audiobus 3 updated – Audiobus gets AUv3 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 further fine-tuning….

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 today with v.3.0.8. This update is essentially some fine-tuning for one of the three headline features mentioned above; Audiobus’ support for the AUv3 plugin format. The update apparently fixes some minor issues with the display of some AU-based apps when used within Audiobus.

I don’t know about you but, a few older favourite apps aside, I’m now finding that, where at all possible, I’m working almost exclusively with AU-based apps. Yes, there are still some very obvious gaps within the AU environment (surely one of the better guitar rig sims as got to go AU soon?) but it is most certainly getting easier to do and, in terms of core synths and audio effects, we are fairly well covered.

Audiobus 3 now makes for a pretty good AU host if you don’t want to be constrained by working in a single, dedicated, DAW/sequencer environment. The latest update is just a welcome refinement of that. It 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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