NEW PRODUCT REVIEW
WaveMachine Labs, Inc. is a music and audio software company located in Chicago, IL. Founded in 1999 by Rim Buntinas, WaveMachine Labs develops innovative software titles for both the professional audio industry and iOS mobile devices.
It’s latest release ‘Auria’ is a full featured DAW system specifically designed to run on the iPad and includes;
- Up to 48 tracks of simultaneous playback
- Record up to 24 tracks at once
- VST plugin support (iOS format only)
- AAF Import and Export
- Fully featured multitrack editor
- Includes optional plugins from PSPaudioware, Fabfilter, and more
I had the opportunity to try out the Auria DAW software just a few days after it became available from the iTunes app store, so here are my first impressions of an app which has the potential to revolutionise music recording on the iPad.
Out of the box
The app downloaded with no issues and very helpfully comes with an 18 track demo song so you can get a quick run through of the feature set really easily.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the mixer screen layout is logically laid out with the essential channel controls all being available. As standard you get a long throw fader (even longer if you turn the iPad to portrait), pan control, solo, mute and record enable pushbuttons, plus read/write automation buttons. What’s a lot less common on these type of apps is direct access to two auxes plus routing to one of 8 subgroups. Finally there is an FX button which we’ll come to next.
Each channel has a pop-up channel strip which provides a very fully featured 4-band parametric EQ plus sweepable hi and lo pass filters, plus expander and compressor both with side chain filters and gain reduction metering.
In addition, each channel has four plug-in inserts which can select, as standard, from a number of delay and reverb based effects. It’s possible to purchase further plug-ins based on VST but adapted for the iPad iOS format. You can even shop on-line for these directly from the Auria application!