This week I will post everydays a part of this tutorial...
It's done, already...
And it means that I know perfectly this App...
(Excepted 1 little thing that I still not understand... Check it out in the Audio Track tutorial below..)
It's not the most powerful of the DAW, despite this:
3 inserts per track.
Audiobus, IAA and AudioUnit (Intrument tracks and Fx)
A lot of built in Plugins, others from the Shop.
It's not the most revolutionary UI, despite this:
You don't need to read the User Manual, everything is simple... Not a lot if windows... A little bit like Protools... I love this...
It's not the most powerful Audio and MIDI Editor, despite this:
One more time, for the Audio and MIDI Editors, no need to read the manual.
Most of all the features I need are present. Perhaps the Time Stretching for an Audio Clip.
I can also change the way I am writing...
It's among and perhaps even the most "easy to use" Pro DAW from the App Store!
It's my second DAW.
And sometimes also my unique DAW.
I am Beta Tester for Auria Pro, I have to install and uninstall it a lot of time. Auria is also heavy, and sometimes I need space in my iPad.
So I remove it...
But I keep Audio Evolution into my iPad.
Audio Evolution is very study too...
I need this....
A Killer App, a Must Have!
Review by Ed
1 Menu Project
A real File browser...
You can import easily MIDI and Audio from a project to another.
You can Mixdown a project, send all rendered tracks to another DAW, export a MIDI file.
Create and load Templates,
Sure, load and save a Project...
Import from Audio Share too...
Overview and Tracks
2 ways to create a Track:
Or you choose to import Audio or MIDI from another project. A track will be created .
Or you Tap the + button located on the bottom right side of your screen.
4 choices here:
Audio Track, MIDI Instrument Track, Drum Pattern Track or MIDI track.
Note that I didn't understand how to create a Stereo Audio track... To create it, I import a stereo Audio file from Audioshare into Audio Evolution.
All the tracks come with a Volume, a Pan, A input Routing, 3 inserts (Audio Unit or IAA plugins), 2 send to the groups (you can create unlimited groups). A 3 band EQ excepted for the MIDI Track.
1) Audio Track
The input Routing allows you to insert an App. (Audiobus or IAA)
Audio will be recorded.
The track menu allows you to rename a track (You can also rename a track by a long tap on the note label.)
To remove it.
To move it up or down.
To copy the track to the clipboard.
To render the Audio to Audio File.
2) The MIDI Instrument Track
It's exactly the same track as an Audio Track.
Just after you have created it, you will have to choose the "Guest" App or the Audio Evolution built-in Sampler. (We will see this later)
A shortcut on the trackhead allows you to switch to an IAA App or to the Audio Evolution keyboard if you have choosen an Audio Unit instrument.
The Track menu displays the same things as the Audio Track plus a Translate by semitones, a Split Midi Channel and Merge All Clips features.
This track record MIDI.
3 & 4) The MIDI track and the Drum Pattern tracks are the same.
Only the MIDI Editor is different. (We will see this later)
The Track menu is the sale as the MIDI Track instrument.
The imput routing is for the MIDI destination and source.
I am so happy!
All my favourite instruments in 1 App!
(Excepted the Duduk...)
79 Indian instruments with an awesome sound quality!
(I will post everyday 1, 2 or 3 instruments included in Swarplug. Here it's just the review of the App...)
So, the sound quality is awesome but the number of samples for one instrument is awesome too!
On the left side of the screen, the sound Library, the Store.
Below an ADSR.
On the middle, the Gain and Pitch parameters. A Global and a Fine tune knobs for the Master out. Below the same parameters for the left and the right channel. (This allows you to set a different pitch for some Drum instruments)
And the right side, the MIDI Files...
Here is also the awesome of this App!
Each instrument comes with a lot of MIDI Files.
First you choose a Raga, then a sequence.
You will be able to share this sequence to another App (open in feature) and edit it!
SwarPlug is a Stand Alone App that you can control via another App or external hardware but also an Audio Unit instrument....
It means that you can play a Philharmonic Indian Orchestra with it!
This App will never leave my iPad. This is sure!
A Must Have, a Killer App!
I have seen this App in the App Store before, but I didn't understand the potential of Swarplug... that this App was made for me...
Because very old I am...
Review by Ed
Stand Alone & Audio Unit
Sharing a MIDI File and create a Orchestra with x Audio Unit instances
I am an Armenian man...
What it means?
That I need a Drone to play my music.
A Pad, something in the ground...
It means also a lot of others things in music,...
Sad music, no 4/4 time Signature...
Why I am talking about this?
Because FS Freezeverb is made for me!
OK, it's a Reverb, you can use it as a classic Reverb, but with the Freeze feature...
in the Video below I used 5 instances of Freezeverb.
One inserted in my Guitar channel. As a normal Reverb.
2 others in 2 aux that I used to create my Drone.
One inserted in another channel where I was using Sparkle as an effect to add "life" to my "song". Here also Freezeverb was used as a classic Reverb.
The last one was inserted as a classic Reverb into the Master out channel.
You can watch the video...
I really love this Reverb, sure that I will use it...
And you know why I am so sure of that?
Because when you are using an App for the first time and when after 5 minutes of use, you already have an idea for a new composition...
And if you don't stop to play during one night, as I did last night...
It means something...
To conclude: Freezeverb doesn't come with a lot of parameters. A Mix, a Dampen, a Width knobs. The Freeze switch and a slider for the Room size. That's all and that enough to use it as a Drone Machine. The processing quality is great. Hot, not metallic... This is essential if you want to use it as a Drone. It doesn't use a lot of CPU, so you can use a lot of instances of Freezeverb. Also essential to create your Drone. Yes, I forgot you can use it as a Stand Alone App, but as an Audio Unit App too! The 2 versions are same same but different. The Audio Unit version comes with a little preset library.
So to conclude this conclusion, FS Freezeverb is a Killer App, a Must Have! A creative App!
There is one thing that I will be happy to have, for my live...
A MIDI learn feature for the Freeze switch...
Review by Ed
QuantiLoop Pro! A looper design for live performances...
My favourite one!
First, because I use to play guitar with a lot of effects.
With QuantiLoop, I have 4 inputs: 1 slot for the input source (an Audiobus, an Inter App or a physical hardware ) and a insert too (Inter App or Audio Unit plugins) for each of these inputs!
I can also decide to monitoring or not an input and set the routing for each tracks and this is really awesome... (Check out the video demo).
But, I need more effects to shape my guitar sound...
No problem, there is a FX rack for all the inputs sources. 3 others plugins can be added there (Inter App and Audio Unit).
More, QuantiLoop comes with a Reverb, a Delay a Compressor, a Gate and: a Transpose. The Transposer is just awesome... I don't neesd a bass guitar with it... . One more time, you can check out the video demo and listen how I turned my classical guitar into a bass guitar!
3 other Fx slots for the Master and tracks output: Half Speed, Fade, Reverse, Tape Stop, Double Speed, Compressor, Gate, Reverb, Delay and the awesome Transposer.
For the effects, I am OK!
Now, I have enough effects to be able to play with my classical guitar, but I need a Rhythm...
No problem, there is a Rhythm track where I can plug an Inter App or an Audio Unit Drum Machine! If I like I can also import a Audio sample, or play the metronome track.
If you have a BeatBuddy pedal, QuantiLoop will be able to control it!
Check out the BeatBuddy section in the tutorial below.
Now for the play modes..
A lot of possibilities here and 2 that I really really love...
Love and need!
First, you can play free. And this "simple" feature is not so easy to find in a looper, even in the real world! So, I can record my first track free of tempo, then record the other tracks sync to this one! That's awesome and I really need this!
But there is more awesome....
I can record this first track free of tempo, then play the Rhythm track sync to it!
Thanks to the Autodetect Tempo feature!
This is just awesome!!!!!
You can also set the track length for each track independently, decide if a track will stop if you play another one... You can decide that 2 tracks will stop when 2 others will play.
You can decide of everything. How a track will play or stop, when, same for the Overdub recordings....
There are so many options....
But it's not too much, because when you are playing live, eaxh songs needs a particular set up and this is the reason why I love and need so much QuantiLoop Pro!
I can not describe here all the possibilities offer by QuantiLoop, but you can check out the tutorial below.. Don.t hesitate to contact me if you need help.
Before to conclude, there is another thing that I need on stage.
It's to be able to control all commands with my 2 Pedalboards and expression pedals.
My Blueboard send MIDI CC and PC and my 12 Steps MIDI notes...
No problem with QuantiLoop Pro...
QuantiLoop Pro is awesome because of that, a lot of parameters to know and set before to use it.
QuantiLoop is like a powerful workstation...
The BeatMaker of the Looper and because of that you have to take a little time to learn it before to use it.
A Killer App, a Must Have!
Review by Ed
Hyperion Synthesizer is?
A little synthesizer!
A MIDI & Audio Unit little FM synthesizer.
It doesn’t come with a lot of parameters, so you have to like the base sound.
4 morph modes
To shape the sound, a Morph speed control - a Morph depth control - a phase shift control - a stereo shift control - a tremolo sound effect - a reverb effect - a volume control - a envelope controls (ASR) - 7 harmonics modes -
To conclude: The Stand alone version and the Audio Unit version are exactly the same. Hyperion is very simple, so very easy to use. Watch and listen at the same time to the video and make your own opinion about it. A very good little Synthesizer or a Super it le synthesizer ?
That only depends of your own taste...
i am always saying that Quantiloop Pro is the Best Live Looper available in all Galaxies...
Before my review, a preview...
I am very old now...
I remember when I was so young, so beautiful, with a lot of muscles everywhere... Dozen of girls and boys around me...
I remember this day when Audiobus was released in the App Store...
A big revolution!
All around the world, million of musicians in the streets, sound engineers, Producers, Videos editor...
It was crazy...
For the first time we were able to connect Apps together with internal audio busses.
Today, this first version of Audiobus no more exist.
Today, we have Audiobus 3!
Unlimited internal Audio Busses. An Audio Mixer, A MIDI Router, a Ableton Link remote, an Audio Units host, and a App State Recorder!
Each time you connect 2 Apps together (Audio or MIDI), an audio bus is created.
An Audio Bus it's a stereo channel with a rack for the inputs and the inserts and 1 slot for an output (by default, the master output of your iDevices). In each rack you can add as much Apps as you like and that your iDevice can support. You can mix in a same rack Audiobus and Audio Units Apps. You can also send the output in another App. A new bus will be created... As much as like and that your iDevice can support...
The MIDI routing page works the same way... It's so easy to set your MIDI set up that even my 6 months old son can do it. (Not that I am not totally sure to have a son...)
The Mixer allows you to Mute, Solo, Pan and set the volume of all the Busses that you have created.
Now 2 things that are not details...
The remote transport that you can find in all the Apps loaded into Audiobus...
It's just awesome!
I remember when I was so young, so beautiful, with a lot of muscles everywhere... Thousand of girls and boys around me, I sent a Tweet to Audiobus asking them if it was possible to add an escamotable MIDI keyboard to this remote...
I still think that it could be a good idea...
And the State Saver is just...
When you have finish to work with all your Apps, you don't need to save the state for all of them...
Simply save your Audiobus session.
This is so awesome that for my live, even if I don't need Audiobus for a track I am performing, I use it just to recall all my Apps state!
Generally when I do a review, I do not like to talk about another App. it's a bit like giving an Oscar for the best movie, you're talking about another movie. But this time I will make a " Une entorse à la règle " in french, "sprain to the rule" in English because in many websites, I can read: Audiobus vs AUM. for my part, there is no vs between these two apps. There is rather a big ♥ ️
Audiobus is my Nieve and AUM my SSL
As I am a very lucky guy, I can connect them together.
A Killer App!, a Must Have!
Review by Ed
In the French App Store description lot of reviews talk about a problem with Audio Share...
no output signal..
As always with Audio Share and all recording Apps , you have to enable the monitoring option.
8 Audio Units Apps. 8 sequencers. I try to remember... Arpeggiator, Bassline, Rhythm, Cells, XOX, LFO, X/Y, and... and?. Check out the App Store description below. I can't remember the last one... Ah... OK... Particles!
First sensations: wahoo!!!' Yeh!!!! Too! Cool!
Sound quality: No audio
Audio Processing: no Audio Processing
Features: I already say this, but this time you can really check out the App Store description because there are some of these names module that intrigues me a little bit....
UI: as usual with Bram Bos. Perfect, clean, easy to understand, easy to use..
(A limiter limit the sound and leave intact the rest of the audio material. For example if you limit at -5dB everything that goes above this limit is turned down. A maximixer limit the sound at a given value and boost the sound above the specified threshold.)
La claque” in French!
The “Slap” in English!
Watch the video demo…
I don’t want to talk anymore, and by the way, I can’t…
I am down… KO!
I need 2 minutes...
You can read the App Store description (a part):
Maxima is an audio effect designed to provide automatic gain control of your audio materials to ensure that the levels stay consistent and never exceed 0dB. It's a clever combination of dynamic processors that can be set to provide a gentle transparent signal boost respecting the initial dynamic or significant colorised level maximisation. Thanks to a unique signal path, algorithms and a small set of parameters, Maxima makes a complicated task easy.
In addition to the classic final stage application, Maxima excels on individual tracks too. With a few changes it's easy to go from the common gain deviation compensation, e.g. for vocals, to drastical audio changes that will bring your audio material to new territories: boost reverb tails, flattenize drums…
>>, this will help on setting the right parameters and have a visual feedback.
Maxima is magic! And its power is so incredible that anyone can use it ... from the beginner sound engineer to the most confirmed ...
From now, It’s my secret weapon.. So take care!
Review by Ed
Below my VirtualRoom review.
This is not because I am lazy....
This is because VirtualForest works the same way!
The only difference, and it's not a litle one, is that this time the listener is not in a room but in a forest.
There are 3 rooms, a small, a medium and large.
There are no preset library in the Stand Alone and IAA version but the copy and paste feature only and perhaps that this option is much more better, because it’s not a Reverb.
Or a Reverb that works in the opposite side... Here, the settings are for you, the listener and the 2 input sources. To be able to move the listener and the 2 input sources with you fingers, it's Top. You can easily follow the images from a movie while you are making the sound design, or even the soundtrack in a DAW like Auria. , it's top! . VirtualRoom AU can be used by sound engineers, sound designers, musicians, videos editor, even Djs. The processed signal is great, the UI too (you can work on several VirtualRoom plugins at the same time), so without any hesitation, VirtualRoom is a Killers App, a Must Have!
Audio Unit (plugins) / IAA / Stand Alone
And because I forgot to write something in the VirtualRoom AU post, I add it now....
These 2 plugins can be controlled with MIDI CC
And because I don't want that VirtualForest be jealous of VirtualRoom AU, I add below the App Store description:
With VirtualForest you can create your own binaural audio! Even directly within your favorite audio workstation app, thanks to the bundled AUv3 Plugin.
This application simulates the acoustics of a forest and reproduces the sound signals for the two ears of a virtual listener inside the forest. Listening to these signals using headphones gives the impression of being inside the forest at the position of the listener. Please note that without headphones connected to your iOS device, this app may lead to unpleasant feedback noise.
When run for the first time, this application will install an Audio Unit v3 App Extension that can be used in various third party applications.
The sound sources take their signals from the left and right input channels (coming from a microphone, Inter-App Audio, or the AUv3 host application) and can be moved in real time by dragging the loudspeaker symbols on the screen. The listener can be moved by dragging the head symbol. Alternatively, sliders can be used to set the positions (including along the vertical Z dimension), as well as source gains and the listener azimuth.
Current settings can be copied in a text format to and from the clipboard.
The unique mirroring function lets you create a balanced stereo setup simply by pressing a button.
I really love the concept of these Reverbs that aren't Reverbs, even if they are Reverbs.... and I will be really happy to have a lot of new places in the future!
A Killer App!, a Must Have!
Review by Ed