WaveMachine Labs developed one of the most advanced DAWs ever to appear on the iPad when it came out with Auria a few years back. It wasn’t cheap for an iOS app, but it did stuff that other mobile software couldn’t even approach at the time. Since then the competition has somewhat caught up, and the original version had started to look a little long in the tooth. In response the Chicago-based company has come up with a revamped and greatly expanded version 2, boasting features you’d expect to only find on the desktop.
Auria 2 runs “on iPad” according to the developer but realistically you’re going to want an iPad 4 or later since it requires lots of power. I would be very interested to see it on an iPad Pro, which would seem to be a perfect platform for an app like this. There are actually two versions, regular and Pro, and although the regular version is half the price of the Pro version it lacks a lot of the new features that make this such an interesting upgrade.
As you can see from the video below, it’s a pretty comprehensive audio production environment considering it runs on an iPad, but what’s new? Well, there’s a full MIDI sequencer with touch-enabled piano roll and quantize and groove templates, tempo and time signature automation and MIDI functions like legato and velocity compression. You get Lyra, a sample player, as well as specialised versions of Fabfilter’s excellent Twin2 and One synths, plus optional expansions from other developers to add to your sonic arsenal.
There’s realtime audio warping with transient markers and audio quantizing, extracting audio grooves and audio to MIDI conversion, a powerful mixer with six aux sends and 32 buses as well as a powerful linear arrange section. Channel strips are fully-featured and there’s a mastering strip for finishing tracks. Of course you’ll need a spacious iPad, though Auria 2 now supports external iOS-compatible hard drives to back up and restore projects, though possibly not record directly to them as far as I can tell from the details released so far.
Auria Pro 2 costs £39.99 and the regular version is £18.99. Effects and sound sets are in-app purchases and individually priced, and upgrade pricing from Auria 1 is available.
Check it out at http://auriaapp.com/Products/auria