Why choose iOS for music making? – iOS Music Making: A Beginner’s Guide v.2

I wrote the first version of this post back in late 2013...  but a lot has changed in the world of iOS music making since then and now - August 2016 - I though it might be interesting to re-visit this post/topic and see just what might need bringing up-to-date..... If you are a young musician just taking your first steps in your journey of learning, making, performing and recording music, it’s quite probable that, outside of pictures, you may never have seen a cassette deck or a reel-to-reel … [Read more...]

Why choose iOS for music making? – iOS Music Making: A Beginner’s Guide

Music technology in context I’m writing this in early November 2013. If you are a young musician just taking your first steps in your journey of learning, making, performing and recording music, it’s quite probably that, outside of pictures, you may never have seen a cassette deck or a reel-to-reel multi-track recorder or a hardware compressor or a patch bay or, beyond the live desk found half way back from the stage at a big gig, even a multi-channel hardware mixing desk. Of course, all … [Read more...]

Auria video tutorial – DIY send effects using Audiobus

Thanks to those who have been in touch about the recent Auria 'DIY send effects' tutorial post. This covered a workaround involving Audiobus that allows you to use iOS effect app such as AudioReverb, VocaLive, AUFX:Space or AUFX:Dub as a sort of ‘DIY send effect’ within Auria and included a step-by-step walkthrough illustrating how to do this (I posted a similar tutorial looking at the same workaround for Cubasis a couple of weeks ago and you can find that here). For those that prefer a … [Read more...]

DIY send effects the Auria way – using Auria, Audiobus and iOS effects apps to create DIY send effects

I’ve posted a couple of things recently on using insert and send effects as part of an iOS recording workflow. The first of these looked at the basic concepts behind insert an send effects while the second looked at how you could create a sort of ‘DIY send effect’ solution for Cubasis that allows you to use some of the excellent iOS effect apps - such as AudioReverb, VocaLive, AUFX:Space or AUFX:Dub – and apply their high quality processing after you have recorded your audio parts (vocals, … [Read more...]

An introduction to insert and send effects in your iOS DAW – a Music App Blog guide

I regularly get emails from readers of the blog with useful feedback on the website and suggestions for review items or tutorial topics. However, the biggest part of the virtual postbag contains questions about something to do with iOS music making and it’s one of these emails that has prompted this article. While most of the blog’s readership have iOS-based music making in common, it’s very apparent from those emails that there are vastly different levels of overall music technology … [Read more...]

Getting started with iOS music making

So, you're a musician and you’ve seen the ads for music apps like Garageband; you know that the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch can do ‘music stuff’ above and beyond playing back your favourite iTunes downloads. But what exactly can these iOS devices offer the musician? Or perhaps you already own an iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) and are unsure of how to tap into this musical potential? Whether you have already bought into Apple’s mobile computing technology or not, this 'how to' article will … [Read more...]