Music app review – Auria by WaveMachine Labs

Making Tracks

The Input Matrix allows those with more sophisticated audio input hardware to patch inputs to the required mixer channels.

Hardware interface issues aside, once you have an audio signal getting into Auria, the recording process is both straightforward and painless. While I wasn’t able to test the apps simultaneous 24-track recording capability, in laying down mono and stereo tracks, the app performed flawlessly.  Provided you have patched the appropriate hardware input to the required audio track via the Input Matrix window (accessible via the Menu button), as soon as you arm the track, you can monitor your signal via Auria to check the input levels. Incidentally, depending upon the capabilities of your audio interface, you can toggle software-based input monitoring off in Auria if you want to monitor directly via your interface and avoid any latency issues.

After that, it’s just a question of tapping the record button within the main transport controls section and away you go. Again, if you have any experience with another DAW or a hardware multi-tracker, this will be entirely intuitive – no fuss or flap – the job just gets done. And once your have finished recording a track, a quick tap on the Edit window button and you can see the waveform view to check everything looks OK.

The Settings page includes a number of useful options including the metronome.

Auria includes a number of other useful standard options for the recording phase of a project. There is a handy metronome that can be used to keep everyone in time. There are also locators that can be set so you can mark positions for an auto-punch in if you want to ensure recording drops you in and out at exact positions along the timeline. Tracks can also be bounced if required so, if you need more than 48 tracks (!) or, more likely, find yourself running out of CPU resources, you can bounce down those 20 tracks of guitars to a stereo pair to keep things flowing.

You can access the Record Level control by tapping and holding a channel’s Record Arm button.

If you tap and hold the record arm button for a track, a small pop-up menu appears. This provides access to the Input Matrix but also to both a record level control (so you can set the input level in Auria if you don’t have suitable control via your audio interface) and an option to ‘record effects’. This latter option allows you to record your track ‘wet’ with any effects that are applied printed as part of the recording. Most of the time this will be left off allowing you to tweak any effects levels later as part of the mx process but it is useful to have the option if required.

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    1. Boele Gerkes says:

      Great review! It sums up all the goodies and more and I agree 100% with the verdict: “Auria is brilliant, amazing and jaw dropping as it stands”!

      Worth mentioning is dat the retune plugin is not only good for vocals. If you like to make new sounds, just throw something through it: be it drums, guitar or synthesized sounds: you can mess up the input and come to new great samples quite easily with it :-)

      To me outgoing MIDI clock is the biggest missing feature. With that you can sync instruments/FXs outside the iPad and record it in Auria at the same time if wanted. Hopefully this will be added in a near-future update.

      • Thanks for the kind words. Yep, the ability to sync via MIDI clock would be good. Here is hoping that WaveMachine Labs can keep up a good pace of development.

    2. I have the iPad 2, 32 gig. I have 7 gigs free space left. Since I have cubase 5 on my PC, I know the intense CPU drainage that can happen. So I’m wondering if 7 gigs are enough. Something tells me it’s not and it almost seems that a dedicated iPad would be the way to go. It would be very cool to record certain things on the iPad and transfer back and forth to cubase. Any thoughts?

      • I did my testing for the review on a 3rd gen iPad with about 12 gigs of free space. I then downloaded the three free ‘demo’ projects (all with a decent number of tracks/effects included) and created a couple more of my own. I still had plenty of free space available and the iPad didn’t seem to be struggling at all. The only things that really seemed to push the limits were the convolution reverb and the ReTune plug-in, both of which added quite a chunk to the CPU load as displayed in Auria’s performance meters. So, I’m not sure you would need a dedicated iPad – but certainly you would need to plan enough space if you wanted to work on multiple projects without the need to shift them back and forth to a desktop computer just for the purpose of making space. Incidentally, the demo projects – all of which were fully developed pieces – were c. 250MB downloads that then uncompressed to about twice their original size. This might give you a rough guide as to the space required for an ‘average’ project.

        I have not had a chance yet to fully test the ability to transfer back and forth between Auria and something like Cubase but, as and when I do, I’ll add a comment here.

        Hope this helps?

        John

    3. Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

    4. I`m really excited bout this app. Only have one question: does it work well with irig pre?

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