Steinberg has released v.1.7 of Cubasis today and the new version includes comprehensive support for the inter-app audio standard introduced as part of iOS7. Like Auria, IAA in Cubasis allows you to use IAA-compatible effects apps as either insert or send effects and provides support for IAA-compatible instruments. Of course, as Cubasis also supports MIDI tracks, you can sequence these IAA instrument apps within Cubasis itself.
Having spent a little time with v.1.7 today and explored the various IAA features, the implementation seems pretty solid. I was easily able to use various IAA-compatible effects apps such as AudioReverb, AUFX:Space and AUFX:Dub within Cubasis as either insert of send effects. What’s more, these inserts and send options can be applied to both audio and virtual instrument MIDI tracks so, if you want a touch of AudioReverb or AUFX:Space on your MIDI piano track, then it is now very easy to achieve.
I also had no problems using IAA-compatible instrument apps with Cubasis. These now appear in the instrument chooser when you are setting up a new MIDI track. Selecting here will launch the instrument app (Steinberg suggest you launch the app via this route rather than launching independently of Cubasis as there are still a few ‘issues’ in the iOS7 IAA code that might cause problems otherwise). I didn’t experience any particular problems and managed to get apps such as iSEM or Nave running with a minimum of fuss. Driving these apps with MIDI data in Cubasis also worked fine and, as you can also apply your IAA insert/send effects, to these instruments, it opens up some nice additional options.
Obviously, there will be a limit on how many additional IAA apps – effects and synths – you might have running alongside Cubasis before your iPad decides to scream for submission (and it will also depend upon your iPad model). You can, however, use the Cubasis ‘freeze’ function on IAA instrument tracks if you want to free up some resources. Track freezing can also help you work around the ‘only one instance of any IAA app’ limitation that is part of the IAA protocol (rather than a limitation imposed by DAWs like Cubasis, Auria or Garageband), although you do have to unload the frozen version of the app in order to then load a further instance of it in an different track.
In my own testing, the only problem I experienced was with trying to use BIAS via IAA in Cubasis. I’ll explore this a bit further and report back to see if I can uncover what the issue might have been and whether I can work around it. Otherwise, working with IAA in v.1.7 of Cubasis was pretty much a pleasure and all it left me hoping was that more developers get on board with IAA support for their effect and instrument apps as soon as possible. I’d love to see apps such as Turnado, Thor, Master FX, Audio Mastering and VocaLive with IAA support. These (and others) would be great to access via IAA in a DAW host such as Cubasis in a recording context.
Steinberg have stated previously that the next update to Cubasis after IAA was going to focus on automation. Yes please, that would be great. Fingers crossed they can deliver on that :-) For information, if you also use Cubase on your desktop computer and like to move Cubasis projects over to Cubase for further work, there is a new version of the ‘importer’ software to allow that. This is available on Steinberg’s website and it is required for importing with Cubasis v.1.7 projects into Cubase.
If you want to see a quick demo of the IAA support in Cubasis, then check out the short video below from the Music App Blog YouTube channel.
from the North American/Rest of World iTunes App Store. from the UK/European iTunes App Store.