Mobile music creation on Apple's iOS devices

AudioBus, iOS8, and you

AudioBus works great on iPad-mini Retina under iOS8. And that is first hand fact. Second hand, from totally reliable sources, indicates the same; all is well with AudioBus on iPad3 and iPhone 5s under iOS8.


So please pass this word along as needed. I have seen app reviews and forum postings that are way out of proportion on blaming the AudioBus app for a variety of misfortunes. Under the new iOS8, in order for AudioBus compatible apps to work, the apps must get the iOS8 AudioBus update (The SDK that the other app developers need is free and has been available for a short while). As long as these apps do not incorporate the audible update under iOS8 they will each issue a warning message when they are launched.

It is not the end of the world as we know it (not yet at least). I have seen a steady stream of apps trickling in with the update and this will continue until we reach the abandoned apps or those apps whose developers have other things to handle and will get to iOS8 eventually.

If your favorite app is not showing in AB (AudioBus) when you go to load them, that means they just haven’t been updated yet, that’s all. Just now (8:50pm CDT) I checked the App Store for updates and sure enough there’s another one: Chordion, a most excellent app, has been updated. Earlier today I saw Alchemy (my all time favorite app), had an update…I grabbed it, and fired it up in AB and it worked fine.

There are more for the list but I am going by what I have loaded. I haven’t installed my entire repertoire of apps onto the new iPad-mini (it’s only 32GB so I am being cautious with my space) but that makes it hard to keep pace with all of the updates.

Some apps don’t work!

Tis true that some apps (very few) under iOS8 do not function. One such app that was broken was DM1 the drum machine. But it got updated and works fine…even has some extra enhancements with this update…pretty cool. Animoog is another very popular app that just won’t work with the new iOS. But the deve are working on that app as are many more. Right now several apps are waiting review at Apple, so it’s just a matter of time.

Patience is your friend right now. I am not updating my iPad4 until all or nearly all of my go to apps have been updated for iOS8. And had this mini not arrived, then I would be on the sidelines watching.

As a long time I.T. professional, I know a few things about software upgrades (and the havoc they can cause), so I will give out some advice from that point of view; Do not upgrade if you don’t want to. Don’t if you have important projects currently being worked. Do not upgrade if your favorite app (or apps) is not upgraded yet! Do not upgrade if you have any doubts! Either way…back up your shit! Do it now!

iOS8 has cool new features and we’ll see more of them available as app devs add new features to their apps. Apps are now able to share more with other apps and that’s a feature set that may take some interesting turns as people begin to understand and explore just what that may mean.

There are plenty of reasons to go ahead and update your iDevice, and plenty of reasons to wait a bit. But I am giving my thumbs up overall for iOS8, and AudioBus!

Be seeing you
— Bourne 22Sep14

Alchemy Synth showing AudioBus control panel:


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