Audiobus 2 – What’s New?

Audiobus 2 & Garageband

 

When Audiobus was released back in 2012, it single handedly changed the way music was made on iOS devices seemingly overnight.

 

It’s ability to let you send audio from one app, filter it through another and output all that sonic loveliness into another app broadened the music making horizons of many iOS musicians.

 

Over a year on and the team at Audiobus have just updated the app to version 2, implementing tons of useful new features as well as adding a beautiful new user interface.

 

So let’s dive in and have a good old gander at what’s on offer in Audiobus 2, shall we?

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Free Compressor Round Up

Free Compressor Round Up BF Image

 

The latest version of Garageband is missing something.

 

It’s missing something so important to the production and mixing of great sounding projects, that I would personally find it incredibly difficult to work with the program without adding some extra third party plug ins…

 

You guessed it –  Garageband 10 is missing a useable compressor… and before you say it –  i know there’s that wee dial in Smart Controls marked ‘compressor’, but i’m not sure it counts…

 

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Garageband 10 AU Plug In Fix

AU Plug In Fix

 

Since the release of Garageband 10, there’s one problem that’s plagued new users and old hands alike. It’s one of the most frequently asked questions on the Apple support Garageband thread and definitely among the top 3 questions I get asked nowadays…

 

You guessed it – “How the hell do I use AU plug ins in Garageband 10?”

 

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Free Chorus Plug In (Yes – It Works In Garageband 10)

Blue Cat Chorus Pic #1

 

If there’s one thing that Apple got a wee bit wrong during the roll out of their new operating system and subsequent update to Garageband, it was communication.

 

A TON of people got in contact complaining that many of their plug ins – some free  and some bought and paid forjust didn’t work with their brand spanking new version of GB… And no-one would give them a straight answer as to why.

 

It slowly became clear that this was due to Garageband 10′s lack of support to anything other than 64-bit plug ins (bringing it in line with it’s ‘big brother’, Logic X) meaning a lot of big name plug ins got left out in the cold. Some are still waiting on a fix or solution.

 

But enough doom and gloom.

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WTF Is Inter-App Audio Apps?

Inter App Audio Garageband

 

Nestled away in Apple’s newly updated Garageband iOS app v2.0, Inter-App Audio Apps function  aims to bridge the gap between all your audio creation apps.

 

On paper, it’s a fantastic idea – emulate the functionality of 3rd party programs like Audiobus and Jack, but make it Garageband native, improving stability and essentially “cutting out the middle man”.

 

In practice? Well, in practice things aren’t quite as simple as that…  

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Garageband 10 – How To Use Drummer

Garageband X Drummer 2

 

One of Garageband 10′s key new features, ‘Drummer‘ actually debuted in Apple’s premium recording program – Logic Pro – first.

 

I found it a little confusing at first, not least because I’d become so used to chopping/pasting existing loops or using my trusty M-Audio Keystation Mini to put some beats together. I’m happy to report that once you’ve gotten over that initial learning curve, the Drummer track is an incredibly useful tool. I’ve found myself using it a lot. The sheer amount of variety on offer and ease of use means that you can easily create an original sounding drum track in next to no time.

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Garageband 10 – What’s New?

Garageband X

 

What a week!

 

Music minded Apple fans have hardly had time to stop and catch their breath, what with the unveiling of Mavericks, Garageband iOS getting an update and the massive overhaul of Garageband in the form of Garageband X. Not to mention Apple’s change in pricing strategy for both it’s DAWs (and by ‘change in pricing strategy’ I of course mean that THEY’RE FREE)!

 

It’s all been a bit crazy

 

There’s been a wee bit confusion surrounding the ins and outs of the latest iteration of Garageband on Mac and it’s true – a lot has changed.

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