It’s a bit ironic, don’t you think? Part of the original appeal of the iPad was focusing on running one app at a time. But it has become clear that in some instances, you want the focus of one app, but with tools combined in a meaningful way. (Linux users will sigh and note that they had argued for something similar for years – but the usability experience I would say has progressed radically on iPad beyond what developers were doing with Linux.)

In a new video, you can at last see this in action, with three applications mixed together at the same time, live – thanks to our friends at iOS Musician for producing this terrific vid.

(Rather than “ménage a trois,” mélanger de trois?)

The magic is all possible with Audiobus, the app we’ve been covering in recent weeks that allows you to pipe audio between iOS apps in real time. The results are an excellent argument for splurging for the iPad 4 (or at least the iPad “3” from earlier this year); added horsepower makes this possible.

Some readers have expressed frustration with Audiobus, once they have found it doesn’t work with the apps they want to use. It’s absolutely crucial to understand that each app you want to use must separately provide support for the technology. But this video is a good illustration of where things are going once that support becomes available, which I expect will accelerate early next year. There’s a lot coming once the floodgates open. In this video:

BeatMaker 2 (beat machine) [beta – an example of an app that’s coming]
Sunrizer synth

  • SpazeCraft

    its almost there! I would love to actually PLAY another app & have it record into Beatmaker. it didnt seem like that was what was happening, without the actual midi notes, can there be audio recording into beatmaker? didnt seem like that is the case. make it happen dev!! 😉

    • iOS Musician Blog

      the devs just sent out a new version of the beta that has a record, play, and stop button in the mini-in-app-connection-thingy!

  • Bumpsford Bobby

    BM2 already allows you to sample from a line into any of the sampling instruments, so i’m pretty sure audiobus would allow what you say. I can’t wait! I also recently discovered how nicely beatsurfer plays with BM.

  • Jondiss

    Audiobus, please give us a way to disable the app without having to quit it from the app manager. I’d also like to switch from one app to another by clicking on the app icon and do away with the ‘return to app’ icon below the app icon. Other than that, thank you for revolutionizing audio on iOS.

    • iOS Musician Blog

      I was hoping for the same thing, but if you use audiobus on your iPhone, the ability to colapse an apps mini controlls is reallly useful…

      they could make it only on iphone though

  • Dlanor_eel

    So between December 17th, 2012 & January 18th, 2013 Audiobus and beat maker 2 apps do not recognize each other. Is this an oversight that will be rectified? On the video that you have posted showing the two of them working together. Now neither app will work together. Any suggestions on how to fix this?