MicSwap Pro update – Future Moments bring AU plugin support to their mic simulation app

Download from iTunes App StoreMicSwap Pro logoAbout 12 months ago, I reviewed what I think was the first example of microphone modelling technology for iOS; MicSwap from developer Future Moments. MicSwap is a universal app and is supplied in two forms; a free version (with some feature restrictions) and a ‘Pro’ version (which is what I tried out; currently UK£14.99). The app works with iOS7.1 or later.

The app simulates a number of different microphone types and these are depicted in some fairly obvious graphics so you can make a good guess at what the mic emulation is targeting. Equally, there are also a number of different ‘environments’ that you can swap between. These simulate different studio recording spaces and you can, therefore, mix and match between mic choice and studio choice to get different combinations of sound.

The key thing to note here is that once you have audio in the app (live or pre-recorded), the mic simulation is applied in real-time so you can, for example, take an existing recording and simply experiment with different virtual mic and environment choices.

MicSwap can now also work as an AU plugin... and worked well within MultitrackStudio for iPad as the AU host.

MicSwap can now also work as an AU plugin… and worked well within MultitrackStudio for iPad as the AU host.

Audiobus and IAA support were added in v.1.2 that was released in January and this really opened up the potential of the app.  However, a further update – v.1.4.0 – has arrived on the App Store today and, as well as bringing some iOS9 tweaks and some engine improvements, the headline new feature is that MicSwap now has support for the new Audio Units (AU) plugin format under iOS9.

MicSwap is now added to the small (but growing) list of AU effects plugins available.

MicSwap is now added to the small (but growing) list of AU effects plugins available.

As MultitrackStudio for iPad is still the only iOS DAW/sequencer that offers AU hosting, I gave MicSwap a bit of a run out within MultitrackStudio this morning and I’m happy to report it seems to work really well. I was able to apply the app’s mic emulation processing as an insert effect on, for example, a vocal or guitar track and the bold graphics of the AU windows make it easy to switch between different mic models. What I couldn’t see (although I may simply have missed it) was any way to use MicSwap’s different ‘room’ emulations alongside the mic modelling. Maybe that’s something not yet included in the AU version?

Importantly, as with iSEM a few days ago, I was able to use multiple instances of MicSwap as an AU plugin at the same time. This is, of course, a big bonus of the AU format so it is great to see a number of our favourite iOS music apps – effects or synths – starting to appear as AU plugins. Let’s hope there is more to follow and that the other mainstream DAW/sequencers embrace the AU format sooner rather than later.

I was able to run multiple instances of MicSwap within MultitrackStudio.

I was able to run multiple instances of MicSwap within MultitrackStudio.

If you haven’t yet checked it out, MicSwap is an interesting app. While I’m unsure as to the exact technology that sits underneath the various mic/room simulations it generates, it brings yet another established (and very useful) technology from the desktop environment to iOS.

The interface is simple but effective and, while this is very much a niche application that not every iOS musician might feel the need for, if you do a lot of audio recording of vocals or acoustic guitars (for example), I can absolutely see this as a useful tool to have around. And with both Audiobus and IAA support MicSwap is easy to use in an iOS recording context. If you want to find out more about the app then you can read the original review here.

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    1. Really welcome news :-)

      I am hoping fervently that the forthcoming (at least, I hope it still is…) Auria Pro will have AU host capability, or at least will get it not long after release. A feature like that might tip the balance towards me coughing-up for the AP upgrade…

    2. IAA Its still usefull for apps unable to become AU at the moment, apps like module and sampletank that manage lots of samples, but for effects and synths this is the future. And maybe as hardware gets more powerful and old devices get replaced every app could become an AU

    3. According to the auria discussion board AU won’t be supported in the next release. …and considering that the next release is half a year overdue, I wouldn’t count on seeing AU in auria that soon.
      The question we should be asking is when shall we see AU in Cubasis. …or not ask questions at all and multitrack studio, it’s here, it’s now.

    4. Harison zamperla says:

      Multitrack studio is not the only audio units app. Ferrite recording studio has AU compatibility and its for ipad and ipjone making it highly useful. Wish someone would encourage app developers to make stuff universal. No everyone wants an ipad (too big and clunky at shows and not as portable).

      • Thanks for the heads up on Ferrite…it looks like another one to watch. Even though I have iPad Air 2 the iPhone 6plus seems like it still has a lot of potential for a full featured DAW.

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