Audiobus update – a further Audiobus update arrives on the App Store

Download from iTunes App Storeaudiobus 2 logoIf you are interested in the possibility of making music on an iOS device, Audiobus – despite not making any sound of its own – is about as ‘must have’ an app as it is possible to get. This utility app makes the whole process involved with getting various other music apps (synths, guitar amp sims, audio effects, DAWs, etc.) working together into a coherent workflow just so much easier…  seriously, if you don’t own it then you really should get treatment for your masochism.

I reviewed Audiobus 2 when it was first released and have commented on the various performance options it provides in previous posts on the blog. However, we have seen a regular stream of updates since v.2 became available to refine and improving the performance. We have also seen the introduction of Audiobus Remote.

A lot of iOS musicians have (very sensibly) approached the possibility of updating from iOS8 (which eventually became pretty solid for music making) to iOS9 until they were happy that all their key music apps were going to function well under the latest incarnation of iOS. Fortunately, this OS upgrade doesn’t seem to have had quite the drama of the previous one and, while not without incident, my own experience of the transition has proved petty painless. Yep, still a few apps I like to use that have not been updated since iOS9 was launched but, on the whole, things seem to be working pretty well.

The latest update to Audiobus provides a fix for apps that don't seem to appear in the selection lists (such as iMini apparently, now, thankfully, visible again).

The latest update to Audiobus provides a fix for apps that don’t seem to appear in the selection lists (such as iMini apparently, now, thankfully, visible again).

In part at least, that may be down to how quickly the Audiobus team have responded to any gremlins in using Audiobus under the new OS version. Anyway, a further post-iOS9 launch update to Audiobus – v.2.1.20 – has arrived on the App Store this morning. This simply fixes a bug where some apps were not shown in the selections lists even though they were installed. It’s nice to see this kind of fix appear…  but it is also interesting (and perhaps reassuring?) that this is the level of ‘fixing up’ that’s required rather than something more fundamental.

Given that iOS9 does introduce some new audio features – including the new AU plugin feature that we got a first proper taste of that a few weeks ago when MultitrackStudio for iPad was updated with AU hosting – then it would be surprising if it was all plain sailing, but it is good to know that the Audiobus team are doing the best they can to ensure the adoption of iOS9 is not going to be as disruptive as some musicians found the adoption of iOS8.

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