Audiobus update – v.2.1.9 arrives on the App Store

Download from iTunes App Storeaudiobus 2 logoAs I posted a couple of days ago, Michael Tyson has noted in his video blog that the Audiobus team are have been spending some time looking at some of the issues highlighted by user feedback (er…  I guess that means bugs). I’m not sure whether the update to Audiobus that arrived on the App Store today is the result of some of that work or not but it is, however, no less welcome for that…

On the whole, I’ve found the transition to iOS8 to be fairly painless and my iPad Air 1 system seems to be working pretty well under the new iOS. Not everyone has been having such a pleasant experience though and, whether it is key apps that you use that do/don’t yet work with iOS8 (even if they say they do) or older Apple hardware that is perhaps not coping quite so well after the update than it was under iOS7, then that will be very frustrating.

Audiobus 2.1.9 - a few more bugs now squashed :-)

Audiobus 2.1.9 – a few more bugs now squashed :-)

Either way, most iOS musicians will be glad to see that a further Audiobus update has arrived on the App Store today as v.2.1.9 is now available for download. The update description just lists ‘bug fixes’ as the item of note…  but I suspect that’s fine with most iOS musicians at this point…  bug fixes are what most folks want to see if they are having problems.

Audiobus 2.1.9 - now available for download.

Audiobus 2.1.9 – now available for download.

Anyway, have duly installed, and given it a quick test flight with a few of my own favourite music apps, all seemed to be well. I’d be interested to here from readers if you think this has helped with any of your own post-iOS8 issues so do feel free to leave a comment below or drop me an email if you have any feedback. Here’s hoping the Audiobus team can keep us all making music as smoothly as possible….

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    1. Great! hope this helps some of the issues I’ve been having. A bit scared to give it a try, but I guess I’m on the Air 1 as well, latest ios. So, maybe I’ll bite the bullet.

    2. I found that once I transitioned to Auria and became used to using its plugins and IAA sync ability that I drifted away from using Audiobus. Because I found I never know what to expect from audiobus. Some apps play well together; some don’t. I create stems and music bed elements on my ipad on deadline for video projects. This means reliabilty of apps and signal paths are a big deal for me. I find audiobus chains and state saving way too wonky and crashy for regular, even low level pro work. Also noise artifacts (like static or hiss) are often introduced into the signal chains for no obvious reason, and if I have to repair audio it’s not worth my time to create it that way to begin with. Thanks for the heads up per the update. I will test it out again as it has amazing potential. Interested in what others report too.

      • Hi Claude… my primary interest in iOS is really on the recording side and, like you, in the main, I’d work with effects and virtual instruments through the IAA route (in my case via Cubasis) as a personal preference. But I can understand why folks also use Audiobus and it does make certain things possible under iOS that would not be possible otherwise… particularly in a live performance and/or sound design context… I do wish, however, that Apple (as I assume that’s where the buck will stop here) would get on with smoothing out some of the wrinkles with IAA. In theory it is as close as we might get to an equivalent to VST but, in practice, it needs to be made a little more bullet proof… best wishes, John

    3. Hey John, I agree audiobus is amazing, especially for performers. And I still play around with it. But I felt the earlier incarnation, back when I still used nanostudio as my main go-to ios DAW, that audiobus when it had only one path option was more predictable and stable. I used it regularly back then for basic stem work. Then when it got updated for multiple pathways and state saving, my perception was that in both ios 7 and 8, it became much less dependable as its app combination potential increased.

      In retrospect, on my ipad 3 (that still runs ios7) I would not have upgraded from the earlier, more primitive audiobus generation. I now have a system in place (as always with ios it’s less than ideal) where I’m not updating any apps on my older ipad that I am presently happy with. So in the future I’ll be able to compare function in different versions. And I won’t lose stability and function when apps get more “sophisticated” and/or Apple throws a wrench in it all with a new ios that heedlessly results in a new round of bugs.

      I think one thing I have learned for the Apple ios realm is that the more sophisticated the app, the more likely it will have bugs when ios gets an update. I think I’m naming this “Claude’s Law” as it seems to affect me so damn often, and I tend to take it so personally ;) When apple introduces a new desktop OS there are always bugs and problems, but the more sophisticated applications seem to make the transition more smoothly, not less.

      I hope Apple gets its act together per IAA too. For me the ability to get away from my desk and mouse and move around the room to compose and mix tracks and lay the bed is so liberating.

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