Auria Pro update – WaveMachine Labs tweak their feature-packed iOS DAW/sequencer

Download from iTunes App StoreAuria Pro logo 1In reviewing Auria Pro when it was launched back in December 2015, I was hugely impressed with the ambition shown by WaveMachine Labs. In terms of the specification and feature list, this is perhaps the first iOS DAW/sequencer that crosses over into the capabilities of a fully-fledged desktop recording package….  No, perhaps not the top-end Logic Pro or Cubase Pro or the like, but certainly a feature set that matches the lower/middle ground of the desktop DAW/sequencer marketplace. Oh, and it runs on an iPad….  Auria Pro is a remarkable achievement….

Auria Pro – as close as iOS gets to a desktop-level DAW/sequencer in terms of depth of features.

Of course, with a piece of software quite so ambitious, it would be surprising if it didn’t also require some pretty hefty lifting gear to exploit all that potential….  and that certainly seems to be the case. If you want to run a DAW/sequencer that matches a desktop software environment then you need hardware that matches a desktop environment…  and not all iPads perhaps meet that criteria (even, perhaps, the latest models in terms of available RAM/storage space). That said, provided you are aware of your hardware’s limitations and design a workflow accordingly, you can create some staggeringly sophisticated projects within Auria Pro….

Auria Pro offers a sophisticated mixing environment for your music productions.

While the spec of Auria Pro is undoubtedly the most comprehensive of any iOS DAW/sequencer, WaveMachineLabs plugged (doh!) the one obvious missing ingredient back in October 2016 when they added support for Audio Units (AU) plugins. Subsequent updates have added various bug-fixes and, back in February, an excellent new FabFilter reverb plugin via IAP.

The latest update – v.2.11 – arrived on the App Store late yesterday. This provides a couple of bug-fixes to remove issues related to an occasional crashing problem and incorrect reporting of CPU overload warning messages. OK, not a major update but it’s great to see regular updates and attention being paid to the details in what is, for iOS, a real heavyweight in terms of features offered.

Auria might not be the cheapest iOS music app that you will ever buy – it is currently priced at UK£48.99/US$49.99 – but, in terms of that impressive feature list, this is as close to a desktop DAW/sequencer as iOS currently gets. Deep and demanding perhaps…  but also hugely powerful.

Auria Pro

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    1. I use AP in preference to Cubasis mainly because of Fab Filters. But if they were available for Cubasis – and the company say they have no plans – I’d likely swap back. AP is a genuinely great app with many really cool features, yet it is let down by little things which never get fixed. Such as, remembering which Dropbox directory it was looking at in the same session, and the still flaky display of FF preset names which retain the setting while reverting to default display name. There are others, but I’ve long since given up on any expectation that a fix is coming. These things get lost in what I think of as the Cult of Auria, where criticism is shouted down or dismissed.

    2. I also prefer Auria Pro for the excellent plugin options. I don’t really have any complaints but I did pickup Cubasis 2 in a recent sale just to compare. Seems pretty capable as well but those fine FabFilters are impossible to beat in Auria.

      • Yes, time and again FF is what forces me to put up with AP’s idiosyncrasies. It was a master stroke by the developers getting that deal. Even the most cloth-eared, like me, can easily get great results with Fab Filters… assuming, that is, the material being mastered is any good!

    3. No loop recording !!! Every DAW has it.

    4. It’s on a 50% promo just now too.

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