Audiobus update – v.2.1 brings new routing options for audio apps

Download from iTunes App Storeaudiobus 2 logoWithout a shadow of a doubt, the original release of Audiobus changed what was possible in terms of music making under iOS. Its impact – and rapid adoption by app developers and musicians – was undoubtedly one factor that caused Apple to sit up and take notice of the community; notice that eventually resulted in the introduction of inter-app audio (IAA). And while iOS is still not without its limitations for music making, those limitations are… well…  less limiting by quite a stretch because of Audiobus.

The release of Audiobus 2 back in April of this year was one of the most eagerly awaiting music app releases of 2014 so far. It bought some brilliant new features to the platform, with the highlights being multiple audio signal chains, multiple effects app slots within a single chain and app State Saving. As more music apps support it, the latter, in particular, will bring some significant workflow advantages when working on more complex projects. If you have been making music under iOS for any length of time, Audiobus will undoubtedly feel like an old friend.

Providing you are using a more recent iOS device, the performance you can achieve under Audiobus 2 is fabulous and both Audiobus and IAA provide a means to construct quite complex, multi-app musical workflows. iOS may still not have the CPU grunt of a desktop music production platform but it is still a very powerful, flexible and capable means of creating all sorts of musical styles.

The speaker output now gets selected by default in the Audiobus Output slot.

The speaker output now gets selected by default in the Audiobus Output slot.

The Audiobus team have today released v.2.1 of the Audiobus app. Aside from the usual round of under-the-hood fixes, two new features have been added. First, as soon as you add an app to a signal chain, the speaker output is selected by default within the Output slot; a neat and simple touch but very welcome as it saves you a step. If you then select an Output slot app, this overrides the default speaker selection.

Second, and perhaps more significant, is that any apps that previously could work within the Effect slot can be also be used within the Input and Output slot. This could potentially create some additional flexibility in terms of audio routing.

Audiobus v.2.1 allows any Effects slot apps to also work within the Input and Output slots.

Audiobus v.2.1 allows any Effects slot apps to also work within the Input and Output slots.

Having given this a try this morning, I was certainly able to see a good number of apps show up in, for example, the Output slot selection panel that where not there before. However, while I could select some of these that I don’t ever recall having available in the Output slot, there were others that didn’t allow me to select them at present. Without claiming any specific insider knowledge here, I suspect that this perhaps reflects where those specific apps are at in terms of the Audiobus coding and which version of the SDK they currently support. However, as more developers are able to climb aboard the newer version of Audiobus, this extra flexibility will be very welcome.

Audiobus is brilliantly conceived and, given just what the app has mad possible for iOS musicians, the Audiobus team deserve a massive ‘thank you’ from the rest of the community… If you are new to the world of iOS music making, Audiobus is about as ‘must have’ as any app on the iTunes App Store; buy it and then buy the very modestly priced IAP that opens up the multi-lane signal chains. As highly recommended at you can get….

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    1. Getting alot of noise/ feedback when connecting jamup and garageband with audiobus. Please help! Thanks

      • @Carlos – That’s not a ton of information to go on, but we can try. Recording into GarageBand is done by using the “Audio Recorder” track in GarageBand (whose home screen looks like a microphone with an input gauge). It should capture the output sound of JamUp XT just fine.

        What is your interface (hook up for the guitar)? If you are using one of the ones that plugs into the headphone jack (like the $20 JamUp plug), that is almost certainly the culprit. I could barely use JamUp until I went and got a digital converter that plugs into the 30-pin or Lightning jack. Apogee JAM is a great one, and there are other ones from Line6 and iRig. Makes a world of difference – virtually no feedback/noise, even with insanely high-gain settings.

        • Hi Carlos… describe in a bit more detail the way you have things connected and I’m sure someone here will be able to help if Jeff hasn’t already identified the problem… best wishes, John

    2. Very cool update.

      I’ve used my iriff Port with JamUp and it has provided me with flawless sound since day one. The ApoggeJam looked like a winner too, but I got the iriffPort for 60 bucks, and it works very well.

      I don’t use the multi apps in each of the slots very much, but the state saving is very very cool, and I use it everytime I open the app. I bought the IAP, mainly to support the Developer,, wish they got more of a cut from apple for the app.

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