MicSwap Pro update – Future Moments bring iOS10 tweaks 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/US$19.99). The app works with iOS9.3 or later and is a 134MB download.

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 working as an AU plugin 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 – added AU support back in December last year, one of the first iOS music apps to add that support. Since that release, a number of other DAW/sequencer apps have added AU hosting support to their feature sets and McSwap Pro seems to work well within the likes of Cubasis, AUM and Auria Pro….  as well as MultitrackStudio for iPad shown above.

Anyway, a further update for the ‘Pro’ version of McSwap arrived on the App Store over the weekend. This adds some refinements for those working under iOS10 presumably to give smoother operation. Having given the app a brief run through within Cubasis this morning, all seems to be working well….


If you haven’t yet checked it out, MicSwap Pro 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.

MicSwap Pro

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