I posted a news item a few weeks ago about a recent update to MultitrackStudio for iPad. Giel Bremmers iOS DAW/sequencer perhaps does’t get the attention it deserves but it is actually very well featured and, if you need to combine both audio and MIDI based sound sources within your recording projects, it does a solid job with a minimum of fuss.
The update – to v.2.3.1 – was, however, notable for all iOS recording fans whether they use MultitrackStudio or not; the app became the first of the current iOS DAW/sequencer apps to offer hosting support for the new Audio Unit (AU) plugin format that Apple have introduced in iOS9. And, as we also now has a few AU effects plugins and our first AU virtual instrument in Arturia’s iSEM, it is possible to get a glimpse of what AU might eventually bring in terms of workflow for the iOS musician..
Anyway, Geil has been bringing regular performance updates since the AU hosting support was launched and a further update – to v.2.5 – arrived on the App Store yesterday. This brings a number of refinements to the app but, if you have been fortunate enough to already have acquired an iPad pro, perhaps the most obvious change is native support for the new iPad pro screen resolution. What this means is sharper display and the ability to simply see more of your project on screen. Having given this a quick spin this morning it does indeed look very good on my iPad Pro test system.
The are a number of other tweaks in this version also. For example, the Guitar Amp effect now allows for 3 stomp box effects from the range available and is supplied with some useful presets. A number of the other effects have also had their performance and/or features tweaked. However, perhaps the other highlight is that, if you have the Pro Extension IAP for the app, AU effects and instrument can now be automated…. Here’s hoping that we start to see more effects/instrument apps in an AU format soon.
Picking the right recording software for your own needs is never easy. MultitrackStudio for iPad is currently priced at UK£22.99 and the Pro Extension IAP is set at UK£14.99 and, if you pick your software based upon rapid development and keeping at the cutting edge of what’s possible under iOS, then MultitrackStudio for iPad certainly ticks that particular box. Giel has regularly updated the app and, gradually, the specification has evolved into something quite impressive. If one of the ‘names’ just doesn’t gel with your own workflow or needs, then MultitrackStudio for iPad is most certainly worth a look.
MultiTrackStudio for iPad
… and the apps now available as a AU plugins….