MicSwap Pro update – Future Moments bring further tweaks to their mic simulation app

Download from iTunes App StoreMicSwap Pro logoA couple of years 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 (with all features unlocked; 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.

MicSwap Pro – want to turn your budget mic/studio combination into something closer to a top-end sound? No promises made but MicSwap can give it a shot….

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.

Audiobus and IAA support were added in v.1.2 that was released in January 2015 and this really opened up the potential of the app.  However, a further update – v.1.4.0 – added AU support back in December 2015, 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, AUMAuria Pro and MultitrackStudio for iPad.

Anyway, a further update for the ‘Pro’ version of McSwap arrived on the App Store yesterday. This adds support for Bluetooth audio output (for those with appropriate hardware). It also refines how the app handles its current settings when closed and re-opened. This is all relatively minir stuff but, as ever, it is always good to see activity from a developer even if only to reassure users the app is still a very active project. Having given the app a brief run through within Cubasis (via AU) and AUM (via IAA) this morning, all seems to be working well….

MicSwap was one of the first iOS apps to support the AU format…. and it seems to work very smoothly via that route….

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 Audiobus, IAA and, in particular, AU 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. Thanks for the update, John. This is one of those ‘try it and see what happens’ apps that I put in my ‘adventure recording’ category, based on the philosophy of the wonderful Sylvia Massy. You can’t precisely predict what it’ll do to your sound, but it’s so easy to switch between settings and environments until you reach a favourite. I agree with you, it really shines with acoustic guitar and vocals and is well worth a punt.

      Incidentally, Sylvia Massy recently wrote about how, in her experience, even the most expensive desktop software versions of famous studio hardware were unpredictable if you were accustomed to using the real thing. In the ensuing discussion between ProTools and Logic users, someone commented that they were recording on an iPad and she responded “Hahaha.” Naturally, I wasn’t going to let it go at that; hopefully the debate will continue…

    2. Charles Telerant says:

      This really enhances my Apogee mic 96k , bringing into the realm of a much more expensive mic.

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