Auria Pro update – WaveMachine Labs update their feature-packed iOS DAW/sequencer for iOS11

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. 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.2.12 – arrived on the App Store today. This provides a number of bug-fixes but the key statement in the update’s description on the App Store is ‘iOS11 compatibility’. I’m not sure exactly what changes that might mean under the hood but it is, of course, reassuring to see such a mainstream iOS music app get whatever fine-tuning is required to accommodate Apple’s latest mobile OS iteration. Having open and run a few Auria Pro projects on my iOS11 equipped iPad pro this morning everything certainly seemed to be working OK….

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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