AUM is perfect iOS music hub, now with Ableton Link and MIDI updates

Speaking of tools to glue together your gear and serve as the heartbeat of your studio – AUM. This iOS super-tool can serve as an essential hub for combining apps and hardware in any combination – and now it’s even more savvy with Ableton Link and MIDI.

You’d be forgiven for thinking AUM was just some sort of fancy mixer for the iPad. But it’s more like a studio for combining software with software, software with hardware, and hardware with hardware. So it might be a way to combine stuff that’s on your iOS device, or a convenient tool for mobile recording, or a way to let your iPad sit in a studio of other gear and make them play together, or a combination of all those things.

It does this by letting you do whatever you like with inputs and outputs, iOS plug-ins (Audio Unit extensions), audio between apps (Audiobus and Inter-App Audio), and multichannel audio and MIDI interfaces. It’s a host, a virtual patch bay (for both MIDI and audio), and a recording/playback device. And it’s a tool to center other tools. There’s also Ableton Link and MIDI clock support.

It’s worth bringing up AUM right now, because a minor point update – 1.3 – brings some major new features that really make this invaluable.

  • Ableton Link 3 support means you can start/stop transport.
  • You get “MIDI strips” for hosting useful MIDI-only Audio unit extensions.
  • You can import channels between sessions, and duplicate channel strips.
  • And you get tons of new MIDI mappings: program changes, tap tempo, loading presets, and even loading whole sessions can now be done via MIDI. I imagine that could see this used in some pretty major stage shows.

Jakob Haq has shown some useful ways of approaching the app, including MIDI mapping control:

Lots more tutorials and resources on the official site:

http://kymatica.com/apps/aum

The full feature list:

High quality audio up to 32-bit 96kHz
Clean and intuitive user interface with crisp vector graphics
Extremely compact and optimized code, very small app size
Unlimited* number of channels
Unlimited* number of effect slots
Inserts and sends are configurable pre/post-fader
Internal busses for mixing or effect sends
Supports multi-channel audio interfaces
Supports Audio Unit extensions, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
Audiobus state saving
Highly accurate transport clock
Metronome with selectable output and optional pre-roll
Sends host sync to Audio Unit plugins and IAA apps
Send MIDI clock to external hardware
Play in time with Ableton Link
FilePlayer with sync and looping, access to all AudioShare files
Records straight into AudioShare storage space
Record synchronized beat-perfect loops
Built-in nodes for stereo processing, filtering and dynamics
Latency compensation makes everything align at the outputs
Separate Inter-App Audio / Audiobus output ports
Built-in MIDI keyboard
Fully MIDI controllable
MIDI Matrix for routing MIDI anywhere

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FabFilter 15th Anniversary Sale: Get 40% off plugins & bundles incl. Pro-Q 3

FabFilter 15 year anniversary

Plugin Boutique has announced the FabFilter 15th Anniversary Sale, offering a 40% discount on all FabFilter plugins and bundles in a 15-day sale. The sale includes the recently released Pro-Q 3 equalizer effect. An equalizer is probably the tool you use most while mixing and mastering, so you need the best of the best. With […]

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Toontrack launches Al Schmitt EZmix Pack with 50 custom signal chain presets

Toontrack Al Schmitt EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the release of the Al Schmitt EZmix Pack, a collection of 50 custom signal chain presets by a bona fide audio industry legend. After close to nine decades on earth and nearing seven behind a studio console, with 160 gold and platinum albums under his belt, 23 Grammy Awards to his name […]

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Get up to 50% off iZotope RX 7, RX Post Production Suite, Insight & Neutron

iZotope RX7 up to 50 OFF

iZotope has launched a sale on its RX 7 audio restoration suite, offering discounts of up to 50% off regular, including updates and crossgrades. Designed specifically for the demanding needs of post-production professionals, RX 7 continues to be the industry standard audio repair tool used on movies and TV shows to restore damaged, noisy audio […]

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Toontrack offers 20% off EZdrummer 2, EZmix 2 and EZkeys series instruments

Toontrack EZdrummer, EZkeys & EZmix 20 OFF

Toontrack continues its 20th anniversary celebration with a limited time sale on its EZdrummer 2 virtual drum instrument, EZmix 2 mixing tool and the EZkeys series of virtual piano instruments. This year, Toontrack is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a company. As part of the campaign, Toontrack is offering 20% off the three widely popular […]

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SSL SiX is a compact version of that legendary console goodness

Few studio consoles are coveted quite like the Solid State Logic. But SSL have had the clever idea of cutting this down to a compact, still pricey, but luxe desktop mixer. And SiX is a good indication the console is back.

Okay, this isn’t by any means going to be a cheap six-channel mixer. Think £999 +VAT, US$1499, €1199+”tax.” (Oh, yeah. I realize I have no idea what “tax” will mean for UK products in… nine days, possibly. Maybe you’ll just ship SSL some dry goods and penicillin in exchange for their mixer. Ack.)

But, you know, at that price we’re still talking something that’s in reach of a lot of independent producers. And it’s also in line with buying premium plug-ins, especially if you figure in the cost of hardware like UAD or a good audio interface. And instead of a picture on a screen of an SSL console, now you get the actual physical goods on your desk – with the actual circuitry, and no need to watch a DSP or CPU meter.

If you’re not tracking a whole lot of stuff at once, this might be perfect. It certainly makes more sense than renting a studio just to use a couple of channels on their desk.

And you get the full works of SSL stuff:

Two mic pres (SSL’s “SuperAnalogue” brand)
A one-knob version of the SSL channel compressor
Listen Mic compressor on the talkback (often used for creative effect)
Two-band channel EQ

I was skeptical at about the two-band EQ, but then SSL go into more detail – you can switch between shelf and bell curves with different center frequencies for each, so this two-band EQ is actually more versatile than a lot of three-band options. And SSL’s approach is basically, we’ll choose the EQ we think works musically for you, rather than you dialing it in.

There are also routing options borrowed from the larger consoles – two stereo cue buses so you can make independent artist mixes, main and alternate monitor outs (with a source matrix), and mono check, dim, and cut. The fader channels also have real PFL (pre-fade listen), and the Mute button routes to Bus B – which can also be a record send for your DAW, or can get routed into the monitor matrix.

And it’s really those routing options and details of the channels that might actually make this thing worthwhile in a project studio. Do I think some rich producers who have no idea how to mix will buy this thing for the brand alone? Of course!

But fitting intelligent routing options into a compact mixer and including SSL’s signature sounds – these are things I could imagine a mix engineer being happy to invest in.

See also the recent SSL Fusion, which costs about two and a half grand, but gives you SSL’s drive, EQ, compressor, stereo image, and Transformer in a handsome rack.

And there’s a message here: people are keen to buy hardware that lasts in place of software plug-ins.

So while this may not be the most sensible budget buy (uh… in case I need to state the obvious), it absolutely is an appealing design. And it’ll have quite a few people saying “mmmm, maybe I can get by with six channels and twelve-channel summing after all.”

https://solidstatelogic.com/studio/SiX

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PROCESS.AUDIO releases Sugar “audio sweetener” plugin

Process Audio Sugar

pureMix.net has launched PROCESS.AUDIO, a new audio-plugin brand dedicated to bringing the pureMix team’s decades of studio experience to the world of software processing. The brand’s first product is Sugar: The Ultimate Audio Sweetener. Conceived by a team of world class producers and mixers, lead by Fab Dupont, Sugar is tagged as a ‘secret weapon […]

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Get 60% off AND better mixes in just one month with iZotope’s Ozone 8 and Neutron 2

iZotope Evolve Mixing Mastering

iZotope has announced it is offering discounts of up to 60% off on its mixing and mastering plugins for the month of March. For the next month, consider iZotope your official guide to evolve your mixing and mastering skills. Save up to 60% on transformative mixing and mastering tools like Ozone 8 and Neutron 2, […]

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Save 20% off Toontrack’s Drum & EZkeys MIDI and EZmix 2 Preset Packs

Toontrack MIDI Drums 20 OFF feat

Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on Toontrack, offering a 20% discount on all Drum and EZkeys MIDI packs and presets packs for the EZmix 2 mixing tool through March. From extreme metal, jazz and americana to blues, pop and rock, Toontrack’s Drum MIDI line offers pro-played drum MIDI for any songwriting need. The sale […]

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NUGEN Audio updates Halo Downmix with a new Netflix preset in version 1.2.0.0

HALO Downmix

NUGEN Audio has announced version 1.2.0.0 of its Halo Downmix plugin for precise surround balancing, mix monitoring and sophisticated stereo fold-down. The maintenance release includes a new Netflix preset. Produce better downmixes and enhance the downmix compatibility of your surround mixes. 5.1, 7.1, advanced and compact interfaces perfectly designed for the task in hand, maximising […]

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