MicSwap Pro update – Future Moments tweaks to their mic simulation app for iOS11

Download from iTunes App StoreMicSwap Pro logoA few 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£19.99/US$19.99). The app works with iOS9.3 or later and is a 153MB 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. Audiobus 3 support was also added in a more recent update.

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

Anyway, a further update  – v.1.9 – arrived on the App Store yesterday. This is primarily a maintenance update as it fixes a few bugs and includes the ‘statement ‘iOS11 optimisations’ in the App Store description. And, having given the app a quick spin on my iOS11 equipped iPad pro this morning, all seems to be working well. The update does, however, include one new feature; ‘record via Bluetooth’. I’ve not had a chance to discover exactly what this might have to offer as yet (if you know, then feel free to comment below) but it sounds intriguing….

If you haven’t yet checked it out, MicSwap Pro is an interesting app all around. 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.

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, watch the promo video below, and then hit the download button to find out more via the App Store.

MicSwap Pro

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