An update to Moog’s massively-popular Animoog synth now gives you Audiobus compatibility, if you purchase the Audiobus app. That means easier recording and processing, in combination with other compatible apps. Photo courtesy Audiobus.

iPad and iPhone owners got a nice gift recently. Over the Christmas holiday week, a whole slew of new iOS updates rolled in, perhaps caught in the holiday rush. Many of the improvements centered on Audiobus, a proprietary technology that, via a host app, allows iOS users to connect different apps for input, recording, and processing. And with those updates, the picture on Audiobus has become significantly clearer.

Magellan, Magellan, Jr. Since Moog and Korg get plenty of attention, let’s start with the dramatic improvements to Magellan. Earlier this month, Magellan’s industrial-strength iPad app got a hand-sized companion in the form of Magellan, Jr. If the idea of using an iPhone to play a synth doesn’t appeal, presets are compatible between the two versions, so you could create some sound designs on the go, then play with them on the iPad later. See Synthtopia’s write-up from mid-December.

In Version 2.0 of iPad app itself, Audiobus support joins numerous improvements, particularly around touch control (for built-in controls) and MIDI (for external playability). Watch:

Version 2.0 has arrived! Just when you thought we couldn’t add any more awesome features to Magellan… BAM! Our demo here shows off new 2.0 features including Audiobus, enhanced touch pad features (adjustable glide, note-snapping, new voice-control destinations), touch-sensitive velocity, expanded recording features (record a set number of measures for easy looping), new MIDI features (over 350 learnable MIDI CC destinations, UI animation), and more!

Check out our website for more info:
Magellan on iTunes:

Animoog 2.0: Animoog adds Audiobus support, too, along with control and recording enhancements – whether or not you have Audiobus, this is a major update. And yes, it seems the developers at Moog heard user feedback.

  • 3D tilt/accelerometer control for modulation.
  • Note hold and scale lock.
  • Load and save MIDI control maps.
  • Audiocopy/Audiopaste integration (and yes, for some users, this will suit workflows just as well as Audiobus.
  • “Holiday gift” 4-track Recorder with internal recording, iTunes Library import, split, loopy, copy, paste, and sharing of songs and clips, with SoundCloud integration.

Hurry: the 4 Track Recorder is free now through New Years’ Eve, but becomes a US$4.99 in-app purchase after that.

The price of the app if you don’t have it yet is now US$14.99 for iPad and US$4.99 for iPhone. Filtatron is also US$4.99.

KORG: The entire suite of popular apps from Korg has added support for Audiobus. (See this forum post if you have trouble seeing those apps.)

KORG has also brought other modern iOS music-making features to many of their apps:

  • Virtual MIDI (iPolysix, iElectribe, iMS-20)
  • Retina Display support (iMS-20, iElectribe)
  • iKaossilator iPhone 5 display dimension support (to use the full size of its screen)
  • iElectribe “Beat Flutter”
  • iPolysix song sharing

And yes, their apps are on sale, too. See Sonicstate’s recent write-up.

Audiobus integrated all my iOS apps and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

And more important Audiobus updates: Compatibility with apps out of the gate was the biggest complaint from readers. Audiobus is only useful if your app adds explicit support – and, since many of you are loyal to certain apps, taht left some of you disappointed.

That said, a steady stream of new apps should start to remedy the situation. In addition to these, some of my favorite recent releases with Audiobus additions:

  • PPG WaveGenerator
  • AudioShare – significant as it’s a file manager, something sorely needed for music making and field recording and absent in iOS’ dumbed down sharing options (grumble, grumble)
  • Grain Science (Well, because it’s cool)
  • KAOSS-style effects, seen in a teaser on Synthtopia, should also be a big deal when that app arrives. The app was just submitted to Apple, so keep your eyes peeled.

If app compatibility still is lacking, though, here are two vital resources:

When will [insert favourite app name here] be getting Audiobus support? on the Audiobus forum answers your question.

And if you’re still not satisfied, here’s a hack/workaround for using non-compatible apps with Audiobus. Spoiler alert: it involves two devices and a recording cable, so, uh, you could also just record – interestingly, already the workflow for a lot of iOS users:

That said, looking at Audiobus, virtual and hard-line MIDI, and other enhancements, it’s terrific to see these apps mature. New and shiny is nice, but these are the sorts of updates that make tools more usable in actual production work.

Let us know which apps you’re using – and this should give you something to do on a New Years’ holiday. Skip the party, stay in and make music?

  • Laurent

    tons of reverb + digital filter clipping the ugliest way (2″20) + ear piercing final demo (4″00)
    this Magellan demo is no very good

    • Peter Kirn

      Yeah, we should do our own! Hoping to set up an iPad-shooting rig later this month.

    • Leon Trimble

      ipad->airplay->airserver->syphon->syphon recorder

  • cfurrow

    samplewiz coming soon?

    • Peter Kirn

      I’ve heard it’s on the list. Will let you know – that’s a big one for a lot of folks, of course!

  • a

    Korg’s MIDI implementation doesn’t put out a virtual ports for other apps to send to or receive, kinda makes it a hassle. I have to use network MIDI and my laptop to route it! And how cool would it be to use the iMS-20’s sequencer elsewhere, not to mention iElectribe .

    I’d love to see TNR-i get on the audiobus for easier sampling and internal MIDI for sequencing.

  • too late for the game

    this is old news..get with the program.synthtopia and dischord better…

    • Peter Kirn

      I was too drunk on egg nog.

      (Seriously, I read and enjoy these other sites, too. I don’t worry about always being first – partly because we don’t need to exactly duplicate what others are doing.)

  • ushaped

    Animoog is still not Audiobus-compatible on iPhone. I hope it does so soon.

    • Peter Kirn

      There’s a bit of work tailoring to devices. I can see launching the iPad app first then working on iPhone; that makes some sense.

  • Experimentaldog

    Sometimes I wish I had smaller hands. I can never seem to turn these virtual knobs smoothly enough. I hope this inter-app communication gets expanded for control as well. It would be nice to build some bigger macro controls in Lemur or TOSC and have them link through something like audiobus. Not sure if this is possible already.

  • Leon Trimble

    no update for animoog iphone!