Device connectivity has become a bit of a hot development topic over the last few months. With the introduction of apps such as Midimux, Audiomux, Music IO, the ability to link your iOS devices and your desktop hardware (mostly for OSX initially but Windows users are now also getting a look in) via a USB cable is a very useful and cost-effective means of integrating your music production tools.
At the start of February, a further option appeared on this front – Audreio – that provides a way of streaming audio between iOS devices using a wireless connection. I reviewed the iOS-to-iOS wireless audio transmission side of Audreio a couple of months ago on the blog but soon after that the iOS-to-OSX support also arrived (there is an AU plugin that handles the OSX end of things) and this provides both wireless and wired (via USB) audio streaming.
Development work is obviously going at some pace as a further update to Audreio – v.1.4 – arrived on the App Store in mid-May and added a built-in recorder for the app so that you can capture the incoming audio from a remote device, from an IAA app or from the microphone. A further update (v.1.5) appeared in July adding the option for IAA effects hosting and the ability to use a second iOS device as an effect. Today’s update – taking the app to v.1.5.1 – is just of the maintenance variety (‘bug fixes’ is what’s listed in the App Store description) but will presumably bring smoother operation for users so will be welcome none-the-less.
We now have a number of options for moving audio (and MIDI) data between iOS devices or iOS and desktop devices. This is great to see and I’m sure the options for iOS-to-desktop integration will provide another step for iOS music technology to enter the mainstream music tech world. That’s got to be a good thing. While iOS is a great platform when used exclusively, any way in which it might appeal to the much larger community of computer-based music producers is likely to help grow the iOS user base.
Anyway, if you are looking for a means of getting your iOS audio between devices – or on to your OSX computer – then Audreio is well worth checking out.