Auria – the 48-track digital audio recording system for iPad has now been released

July 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

WaveMachine Labs has announced that Auria – the 48-track digital audio recording system for iPad – is now available.

Auria has generated a lot of buzz since its introduction at the 2012 NAMM Show. Auria is a 48-track digital recording system, designed from the ground up for the iPad. Offering advanced features like AAF import/export, and third-party plugin support from names like PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter and Drumagog, Auria challenges people’s notions of what you can do with an iPad.


  • Up to 48 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files.
  • Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz
  • Third party VST effect plugin support available via in-app purchase (only iOS-version plugins are supported. All plugins must be purchased through the in-app store)
  • 8 Assignable subgroups and 2 aux sends
  • Powerful waveform editor
  • Full automation


  • 48 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files. (24 tracks on iPad 1)
  • Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible USB audio interfaces (Camera Connection Kit required)
  • Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz (iPad 1 supports only 44.1KHz and 48KHz)
  • Vintage-inspired ChannelStrip on every channel by PSPAudioware includes Expander, Multiband EQ and Compressor
  • MasterStrip on all subgroup and master channels featuring PSPAudioware BussPressor, EQ and Mastering Limiter
  • 64 bit double-precision floating point mixing engine
  • Third party VST effect plugin support available via in-app purchase (only iOS-version plugins are supported. All plugins must be purchased through the in-app store)
  • AAF import and export allows transferring complete sessions between popular DAWs like Logic, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Samplitude and more
  • Convolution reverb plugin with included IR library
  • ClassicVerb reverb plugin included
  • StereoDelay and StereoChorus plugins included
  • ReTune plugin included for auto pitch correction of vocals
  • 8 Assignable subgroups and 2 aux sends
  • Powerful waveform editor with features like cut/copy/paste, crossfade, duplicate, separate, gain, normalize, dc offset, reverse, and more
  • Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats and more
  • DropBox, SoundCloud and Audio Copy/Paste support
  • Track freeze for minimizing CPU usage
  • Full automation support on all controls with graphical editing
  • True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode
  • Optional video import feature allows sample accurate sync of video to an Auria project with adjustable offset times and video export capability
  • Timeline ruler options include minutes:seconds, bars:beats, samples and SMPTE time
  • Auto-punch mode
  • WIST support for wireless syncing of other compatible music apps
  • AuriaLink allows two iPads running Auria to play and record in sync, allowing for 96 tracks of playback and 48 tracks of recording
  • Full delay compensation on all tracks, subgroups, and aux sends
  • Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak
  • Adjustable pan laws
  • Sample accurate loop function
  • Automatic sample rate conversion
  • Built-in metronome
  • Auria includes a demo song mixed by David Kahne


  • iPad 2 or later recommended.
  • Compatible with all iPad models (iPad 1 has only 24 tracks, 44.1KHz and 48 KHz)
  • Requires iOS 5.0 or later
  • USB audio interfaces require Camera Connection Kit

Auria is available now in the App Store for $49.99.

See the WaveMachine Labs site for more details.

Array – new AudioUnit plugin for creating rhythmic spectral effects

July 7, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

SineVibes has introduced Array – an AudioUnit plugin for creating rhythmic spectral effects.

Array divides the input sound using 8 finely-tuned, smooth -36 dB/octave band-pass filters, and allows to sequence each frequency band individually.

What can it do?

  • Completely reconstruct and transform drum and percussion loops.
  • Turn synths, basses, pads or pretty much any static sound into spectrally and rhythmically rich new material.
  • Liven up final productions with intricate breaks and transitions.


Array works with Logic, MainStage, GarageBand, Live, Maschine, Studio One, ReNoise, Reaper, Bidule and other Mac software that supports AudioUnit effect plugins. It comes in 32/64 bit versions for both Intel and PPC, and requires OS X version 10.5 or later.

SineVibes Array is available now for $19.

More info here >>

Universal Audio UAD Ampex ATR-102 – Extended Video Review

June 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Russ gets his hands on the UAD Ampex ATR-102 tape emulation and puts it through its paces in this extended video. He takes a novel approach and looks at the effect it can have on different instruments rather than just as a mix-buss process. Find out more and get top Pro Tools and recording tips and tricks at

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It’s Not a Record Until it’s Mastered on an Ampex® Tape Machine.

For more than three decades, the two-channel Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder has turned music recordings into records. With its cohesive sound, punch, and ability to provide subtle-to-deep tape saturation and color, the ATR-102 is a fixture in major recording and mastering studios — and is considered by many engineers to be the best-sounding tape machine for final mixdown. The perfect complement to the workhorse Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder, the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2 can provide the final “analog polish” on your music, turning songs into albums.


  • Ampex®-authenticated plug-in emulation of the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder — the most popular professional 2-track machine ever made
  • Provides rich, cohesive tape sound, without the hassles of calibration, maintenance, tape degradation, etc.
  • Models entire ATR-102 electronic path, including transformers, amplifiers, Repro, Sync, and Input paths
  • Features multiple tape formulas, head configurations, and calibration levels
  • Adjustable Wow, Flutter, Hiss, Hum, Crosstalk, and (L/R) Tape Delay
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card available from authorized dealers worldwide
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Impeccably modeled in the renowned UAD engineering tradition — and incorporating presets from noted ATR-102 users Chuck Ainlay, Richard Dodd, Buddy Miller, Mike Poole, and more — the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in emulation for UAD-2 faithfully replicates the unique dynamics, frequency response, and saturation characteristics of the original hardware. Scrutinized and fully authenticated by the Ampex Corporation, the sound of the ATR-102 plug-in for UAD-2 is virtually indistinguishable from its analog cousin.

Introduced in 1976, the Ampex ATR-102 2-Track Tape Recorder was a near-instant hit, thanks to its revolutionary servo-controlled reel motors and capstan, which provided smooth, continuous tape tension and handling. The large capstan, and absence of pinch rollers, provided nearly non-existent speed drift and ultra-low flutter. The clever ATR-102 design allowed users to change out heads and guides in mere minutes, with a 1″ head being a very popular “hot-rod” modification in more recent years — especially when running at 15 IPS (inches per second). The ATR’s role in modern recording history is so prevalent, that it would be easier to list classic albums that weren’t mixed down on this machine, rather than to try to list all those that were.

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Making Music With Apps – MIDI / Audio Connections for iOS

May 25, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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In this tutorial Danny J Lewis breaks down the connection process when recording material from your music apps into your chosen DAW (in this case Ableton Live). He uses a camera connection kit to connect a MIDI keyboard to bring a traditional method of inputting note data, and a simple stereo mini jack to 2 x mono phono jack lead to connect the iPad to your audio interface.

Go to: to find out how you can learn more about using Ableton Live as a recording tool. Please get in touch with our course advisors at if you want to find out more.

TB ReelBus VST – modeled after legendary Japanese and Swiss reel-to-reel recorders

April 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

TB ReelBus is an analog tape recording simulator that aims at accurate simulation of all properties related to tape, including its frequency and level dependent saturation, inter-modulation effects, bias dependencies, tape hiss, asperity noise, wow and flutter, and clipping of electronic circuitry. It is especially suitable for bus processing (including the master bus) to subtly sweeten and enhance the sound.

A spokesperson says, “TB ReelBus currently contains 7 preset recorder simulations, which can be adjusted individually by offsetting the tape hiss, asperity noise, amount of spectrum and saturation processing, and alike.”


  • Very low-latency processing (only 4 samples delay) as a result of analog design
  • Support of all sampling rates from 44.1 up to 192 kHz
  • Adjustable record level with auto level makeup option
  • Accurate simulation of existing reel-to-reel recorders with different tape speeds
  • Adjustable tape hiss and asperity noise levels
  • Adjustable tape spectrum and tape saturation
  • Adjustable wow and flutter strength
  • Option to amplify bias strength for overbiasing
  • Simulation of both tape saturation as well as analog circuitry clipping
  • Calibrated analog VU meters
  • Each and every processing element carefully modeled after analog circuits and filters
  • Based on the VST 2.4 specification to allow compatibility with virtually all host programs

Pricing and Availability:
EUR 10.00

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The iMac Bullet Recording Sessions

February 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a cool video of bullet recording, check it out:

There is a first time for everything and recording bullet pass bys and impacts was a first for me. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at bullet recording but never had the knowledge or association with anyone that had a permit to use a gun suppressor. After some searching, now I do.

Here are some clips from the first recording session of a iMac being shot at with slow moving bullets shot from a suppressed Glock 22 with custom made 40 caliber rounds.

New version of Voxengo’s Voxformer

February 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Voxengo has updated its Voxformer multi-functional vocal channel strip plugin for
Windows and Mac to version 2.7.

The coolest feature of Voxformer is its one-knob vocal compressor. Using only a single knob, you can get a tight, open and definitive professional vocal sound with an excellent articulation in no time. You do not have to worry about common ratio and make-up gain controls since they are automatically selected by the advanced compression algorithm while attack and release parameters are stored in a mode preset.

Changes in Voxformer v2.7

  • Native 64-bit AudioUnit and VST support on Mac OS X added.
  • Crossover frequency can be now set on the equalizer control

Note that on Mac computers, Soniformer now supports Mac OS X v10.5 and higher only, running on Intel processors. Mac PowerPC support is not available.

Voxformer for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for S$69.95 USD.

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Mixed In Key Launches “Mashup” Audio Editor for Fast Mashup Creation

February 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The software developer Mixed In Key, known for its popular Mixed in Key 5 harmonic mixing analysis tool, announce that it has released Mashup for Windows and Mac OS X.

“Mashup” is a purpose-built audio editor that makes it significantly easier to do, you know, MASHUPS.

Mashup (available for $39 with free updates until Version 2.99) is a new audio editor designed to let DJs and music producers quickly and easily beatmatch two or more audio files, edit them, and then save their results to a new audio file. Mashup uses Mixed In Key 5’s harmonic algorithm to find compatible songs, making the process of mashup creation extremely simple.

According to Mixed In Key’s president Yakov Vorobyev, the company’s goal with Mashup was to allow users to create a mashup in five minutes or less, and to make the process easier than it currently is with Ableton Live.

Mashup’s user interface is intended to be streamlined and intuitive. When users import songs into Mashup, it will analyze them for key and tempo. Next, when a song is dragged into Mashup’s audio editor, its tempo will become the master for the project (or users can manually enter in a different master tempo).

Once a song is added, Mashup’s song browser will show users which other songs in their collection are 100% harmonically compatible with their original song. Then other songs can be dragged into the editor window, where they’re automatically beat-matched to the master tempo, using Mashup’s professional time-stretching algorithm.

From there, Mashup lets users graphically edit each song’s volume, as well as three bands of EQ, with breakpoint-style automation. The editor also allows users to select and silence portions of songs, adjust phase, slide them in time, and more.

When editing has been completed, the results can be exported to a 320kbps MP3 file or a 16-bit, 44.1kHz WAV file.

For users who have already installed Mixed In Key 5, Mashup will load its database and skip the analysis step. Mashup and Mixed In Key 5 work seamlessly with each other.

Zynaptiq PITCHMAP: Changing Melodies and Harmonies in Musical Recordings in Real-Time via Live MIDI

January 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Video demonstration of and step-by-step tutorial on changing melodies and harmonies of a mixed musical recording in real-time, using the Zynaptiq PITCHMAP AudioUnits Plug-In controlled by live MIDI input in Apple Logic Pro. Original recording provided courtesy of

iOS audio processing graph demonstration

December 18, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“An audio processing graph is a Core Foundation opaque type, AUGraph, that you use to construct and manage an audio unit processing chain. A graph can leverage the capabilities of multiple audio units and multiple render callback functions, allowing you to create nearly any audio processing solution you can imagine.” – From Apple’s “Audio Unit Hosting Guide For iOS”

AudioGraph is a superset of Apple’s MixerHost application.

Features include:

* Mono and stereo mic/line input
* Audio effects including:
o Ring modulator
o FFT passthrough using the Accelerate vDSP framework.
o Real-time variable pitch shifting and detection using STFT
o Simple variable speed delay using a ring buffer
o Recursive moving average filter with variable number of points
o Convolution example with variable filter cutoff frequency
* Stereo level meter
* Synthesizer example – sine wave with an envelope generator
* iOS 5 features (from Chris Adamson) including:
o MIDI sampler audio unit
o file player audio unit
o audio unit effects
* Runs on iPad, iPhone, and iPod-Touch
* Basic audio session management including detection of input devices and available channels
* Commented source code.
* Original music by Van Lawton
* Plus everything from MixerHost


* A device that runs iOS 5.x
* Headphones.


Launch the app and press Play.

Source code, documentation, support:

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