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Go Mobile

What iOS apps and interfaces do we need to replace our favourite ‘real’ music production setups? Martin Delaney rounds up the best hardware and apps and says it’s all about the mix and match…

MTF Feature iOS music making

iOS music production has reached a certain level of maturity, it’s true; but it’s more like a teenage level of chaotic development, with hormones and zits all over the place! Some organising and filtering is needed and in this guide we’ll highlight the apps and iOS-compatible audio interfaces that we think represent the current state of the art in iOS music. We’ll also suggest setups based around combinations of these, putting together apps and interfaces in different combinations to replicate – or attempt to replicate – existing big-platform DAWs. The primary test device used for this was the iPad Pro, the 12.9” version, with the iPhone 6 Plus also coming into play. Both are slightly bigger-thanaverage iOS devices, and that’s not a coincidence; every square cm of touchy glass goodness helps when you’re working with music apps, and their sometimes-crowded interfaces. For any serious music use, I’d say an iPad is vital – most of these apps run on iPhone as well, but in terms of performance and interaction you just won’t be getting the full benefit of the iOS music experience.

For every computer-based studio, there’s a Digital Audio Workstation – the one application that handles the bulk of recording, composition, and mixing. In iOS Music Land, however, things are more fragmented, and it’s not likely that you’ll find one DAW that does it all, although a well-chosen combination of two can usually cover everything…


Auria Pro blurs the boundaries between apps and DAWs


Price £39


Auria Pro is the best-specified iPad DAW around, with a featurelist worthy of any computer DAW – recording up to 24 tracks of audio simultaneously (there’s no theoretical project track limit), audio warping, transient slicing, waveform editing, sample rates of 44.1, 48, and 96kHz, 24-bit audio, MIDI recording and editing, quantisation, groove templates, automation, MIDI processing, and plug-ins including the Lyra sampler which supports the EXS format as well as disc streaming, for multi-gigabyte sample playback. Auria Pro also includes a suite of plug-ins, including a rather nice PSP channel strip with EQ, compression, expansion, and gating. There’s also a convolution reverb, a handful of other effects including stereo delay, and the FabFilter One and FabFilter Twin 2 synths are included. The mixer includes six aux sends, and PSP have also supplied a master strip with EQ, compression, and limiting. Extra plug-ins are available as in-app purchases including PSP Micro Warmer, FXpansion’s DCAM BusComp, Positive Grid’s JamUp guitar amp, and even Drumagog! Other purchasable items include IR files, video-import functionality, and various loops and samples. On the control front, Auria Pro is MIDI mappable, and supports remote control via MCU and HUI. This is as full-blown as iOS DAWs get.


Price £29.99


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Ableton Live can truly become the hub of your music making set-up whatever you use, be it hardware, iOS or software. We have tutorials to help you make the most of it in any situation plus features on freeware, mastering and mobile music making. WORKSHOPS: Making the most of the Sine wave - Create with this versatile wave Integrate Live with your iOS devices - for control and music Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release - what ADSR can do for you INTERVIEWS: Highasakite Stoni Apothek