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Old 01-31-2016, 07:46 PM   #1
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Music production on the go: discovering iOS

I know this has been the topic of another post, but I wasn't able to find it easily.

On a recent trip I played around with iMaschine 2 and really tried to push the envelope. I used some custom sounds I sampled to .wav and added them (works great). The app has some limits: four sound generators, each with only four patterns, two FX slots, and limited number of scenes.

This here is what I made the on my iPhone (!) pretty much over a 5h plane ride:

I then looked into what other nice options exist on iOS. I was blown away how capable an iPad can be using Audiobus2. Good selection of synths, as well effects. Korg, Arturia, Sugar Bytes, as well as Propellerhead are all there with some cool stuff. Using Propellerhead Figure, Samplr, and Portable Dandy I was on my way making some neat glitchy grooves in no time. Add Techno Box 2, iElectribe, and iMaschine and you got it going. Next I'll try hooking up my QuNeo controller and look into MIDI sync and integration into Logic (seems Aboeton might be easier, but that would be yet another DAW).

Very cool...

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Old 01-31-2016, 11:13 PM   #2
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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

I have said this before but here we go:

To me the best part of the iPad has been using some of the synths in live with my iconnect audio!
Now mind you there are lots of dud apps: stay away from iMPC "pro" it's shite, Z3ta if pretty so so at best
I didn't get along with the interface of Magellan either! And the lack of midi synch in iMS-20 is super annoying, why bother putting a sequencer in there korg?
Anyways Thor, iSEM, iM1 is super cool, Animoog is amazing and so is patterning, great for weird beats!

Now my gripe with iPad is the fact that I can't really use it on its own, everything seems to be missing that vital piece: no fx in gadget for example, or the issue that it is difficult to use many synths together!
There is some hope with ableton link and I am really looking forward to the new gadget update, but I think for the most part the iPad will be relegated to sample fodder for the mpc 1k or the new simpler!
YMMV obviously and for just instrumental electronic music gadget with the 2 new korg wireless controllers would be great! Now korg give me iPolysix and some fx and a proper mixer in gadget and it could be a winner!

Edit: I am also keeping an eye out for reviews of the new Auria pro, sounds promising!

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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

I got an iConnect MIDI2, but can't seem to get it to connect properly. I created an aggregate audio interface from the Scarlett and the iConnect, but I am missing some steps. Anyone got some instructions?

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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

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I got an iConnect MIDI2, but can't seem to get it to connect properly. I created an aggregate audio interface from the Scarlett and the iConnect, but I am missing some steps. Anyone got some instructions?

What is it not doing for you?

I have my MOTU 828mk3 aggregated with my iConnect +4 Midi. In my configuration, in Ableton Live the iConnect audio IO shows up as the last 2 stereo pairs in my IO list, so after the input channels I have enabled in Live.

It was all really straight forward to configure, with the exception of wrapping my head around how iConnect addresses all the additional MIDI IO ports.

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What is it not doing for you?

I have my MOTU 828mk3 aggregated with my iConnect +4 Midi. In my configuration, in Ableton Live the iConnect audio IO shows up as the last 2 stereo pairs in my IO list, so after the input channels I have enabled in Live.

It was all really straight forward to configure, with the exception of wrapping my head around how iConnect addresses all the additional MIDI IO ports.
Thanks. It wasn't clear how to select ports. I am running it in Logic, but was hoping I might be able to integrate into Maschine. Not sure what instrument track setup I need.

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You should be able to select the usb2 as an output in either software to control your iPad, check how your iconfig is set up, sometimes mine give me some headaches by not always loading my preset!
As an upside I have been digging into this link thing, it is pretty great! I had patterning, gadget, and fugue machine controlling iSEM running smoothly and in sync!
Now I want to use link to midi and see if I can sync all that to my MPC! I am guessing MPC would be master

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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

I've been using Link with my iPad since it came out, before then I really didn't do much with my iPad musically or iPhone for that matter except a few apps for building chords and stuff.

Link is great, except I wish there was a way to send MIDI, not just MIDI clock. Maybe in an update I hope.

There seems to be some lag on my system. Ableton notes it waits for the next bar, before playing or recording or so on in an app and or LIVe, but in my experience its been all over the map and I'm also having some latency issues with audio. This being audio coming straight into my PreSonus, not out then back in, so not sure where the delay would be coming from.

otherwise the apps I'm digging lately is Elastic Drums, Patterning (such a great growing library of kits!), Figure is a fun no-mistakes-can-be-made-toy, I've been using it to modulate some of my Sherman filter bank.

I had animoog before and thought it was pretty good app with a lot of versatility and good sound, I need to download it again.

iElectribe is decent as well

OH WAIT THE BEST ONE!!

FUGU MACHINE


...almost didn't wanna tell anyone about it.. such an a badass sequencer, I need someone to copy it as a Max4Live patch, or make a vst!!
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^ get animoog and sequence it with fugue machine! Best thing ever!

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^ get animoog and sequence it with fugue machine! Best thing ever!
My boss said I cant take anymore time off from work and that sounds like the musical toy flu..

However, if I didn't care about getting fired, how do you go about sequence one app with another?
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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

Fugue machine has some setting where you can turn off the internal synth, then in the synth app settings choose fugue as the midi source, I think, I am at work so I don't remember, but it's not hard!
If that's not enough to call in sick open gadget in audiobus at the same time and use link to have it all in sync, waste a few hours away having fun with that!

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cool, I'll check it out for sure
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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

Elastic drums is a bomb, Beat maker 2 is quite deep as well. I did a few nice things on TriqTraq as well.

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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

Anyone get their hands on auria pro yet?

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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

Yes, just started checking it out.

It feels a lot like Logic Pro to me. It integrates with a series of plugins I like (iDensity, iProphet, iSEM, Animoog, Elastic Drums).
It also offers for purchase the entire range of FabFilter plugins. Not some sort of version, but the exact look, feel, and sound.

Running just three MIDI tracks, it is clear that this software is somewhat taxing on my first gen iPad Air. I'll try it on my Air2 now.

It's a really cool piece of software.

I started to wonder, why one wouldn't just run the full blown Logic on, say, a Mac Book Air and travel with QuNeo.

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Man I don't know, auria and a iPad pro sure is tempting!

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Man I don't know, auria and a iPad pro sure is tempting!

its the Yang to your hardware Yin.

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its the Yang to your hardware Yin.
Yeah well I am just struggling to find real musical use to the iPad you know! So maybe a hardware setup with a stripped DAW in an iPad pro would be cool! Just thinking out loud!

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Re: Music production on the go: discovering iOS

As a recent iPhone convert, I'm keeping up on this thread now. Keeping an eye out for cool things for that. Not looking to make whole tracks, but just get down ideas when I'm out and about.

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As a recent iPhone convert, I'm keeping up on this thread now. Keeping an eye out for cool things for that. Not looking to make whole tracks, but just get down ideas when I'm out and about.
iMaschine 2 is hard to beat.

Elastic Drums is also very capable.

Auria Pro feels like more of a learning curve, but would be the most capable. But it's iPad only. For iPhone, I'm always coming back to Maschine. You can use Audiobus with MultiTrack, if you care about audio only.

With iMaschine and Maschine on you computer you can simply pick up from your draft on your phone and continue your work and then push it back to your phone. I've yet to see this level of integration in any of the other mobile apps.

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iMaschine 2 is hard to beat.
Yeah, I was looking at that, but was a little adverse to getting it because it seems like it really comes alive if you have a Maschine. Which I don't.

Might get it anyway though. Since I'd really just be using it as a scratchpad.

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