I’m really loving the iOS app “AudioBus”. Ground breaking or game changing often get overused – but really I’m thinking AudioBus and its functionality up there with MIDI and XLR connectors. So what is it? It’s a virtual audio connection between audio apps in the iOS system. Up until this time you might have a great synth, or effect, or audio recording app – but it would be great to use them at the same time AND be able to route their signals to one another – and that’s what AudioBus does!
Here’s an screen shot of the main interface. Like a flow chart, you start from the left with inputs or instrument sources, in the middle are effects, and on the right is output or record sources. Selecting the square opens up that particular app, the eject button adds or removes them from the system. Simple. When you’re in a particular app, a small tab will appear to jump between apps. Selecting an app will also give a few primary choices – like play or stop. Apps must be made to work with AudioBus, but literally new ones are being updated every day.
A new favorite app is Multitrack DAW. This digital audio workstation is very similar to any other Mac or PC based DAW. In AudioBus, when you add Multitrack DAW to the output each individual all shows up as it’s own track! Not just a single stereo channel – very handy. It makes you wonder how much processing power is in a iPad 3… Running three or four synths and iso recording each one? Wow – who thought we would ever get to this point. Below is a screen grab of Multitrack – also see the AudioBus tab on the right side with controls open for DM1 drum machine (play or stop).
So how does it sound? Well, I think I’ll be spending a lot less time on a desktop based DAW.. I made a impromptu recording, mixed it down in Multitrack and uploaded it straight to Soundcloud – all while lying in bed in a hotel room.
Back to where I started about MIDI and XLR connections, the functionality of AudioBus will open a new era of music creation a collaboration. Between AudioBus and WIST (Korg’s wireless sync start technology), the iPad looks like the new instrument of choice for electronic musicians.
It’s in the Apple app store or take a look on their site here.
So simple, yet complicated and confusing. Well, not really! Take a picture and post it. Simple. Strangle enough, up until very recently, no web interface – you could only access it via mobile device or tablet. Think Flickr is too complicated? Twitter too wordy? Instagram is pictures, likes, and comments. Oh yea – and tags.
There are people doing it right, and people doing it wrong. Here’s a quick and simple video to tell you how:
So that’s it. Go take pictures, crop, filter, hit the fake HDR button, tag, and go find other people who take pictures compulsively. Just like you.
Construction has begun! See the Garden Railway page for more info. The newly dubbed Belmont Hills Railway is set to officially open in September. This garden railway features a tunnel, waterfall, trestle bridge, station with siding, and industrial siding. Follow the action on Twitter @BHRailway
Well, if you can’t see the real thing…there’s always virtual right?
Last week my son and mother-in-law walked in the house. They said “we just saw the nicest engine sitting in the rail yard”. I said “Oh really..” They said “Yes, there were people all around it taking pictures – it said PRR on the side – but it was brand new.” I yelled “WHAT!!” I looked at the clock while grabbing my camera – I asked “Was this engine brand new and painted like an old Pennsylvania Railroad engine – like a GG1?” They said “Yup – that’s it” Ouch – I have a conference call for work, and it’s my first week at a new job… the train would have to wait. Luckily the nice people at Jointed Rail have been following the Norfolk Southern Heritage Series. This year is NS’s 30th anniversary. And to celebrate they have been painting engines heritage colors of past railroads absorbed by NS. More here
The photo below is a screen grab from the train simulation “Trainz”. Jointed Rail makes really nice add on trains to Trainz 2012 and Trainz Mac. I tried to make this photo as realistic as possible. I used Topaz Adjust for a slight HDR effect. I brushed the effect out of the sky so only the engines and foreground are effected. Enjoy!
Nothing like a 13 hour day of work. Looking back at the pics on my phone, it was kinda of a full day. It started at the office, where a co-worker gave me a Sennhieser pen and mouse pad from the NAB show just wrapping up in Vegas. We went to a video shoot – in a hotel room.. We shot some corporate interviews. The traffic was so bad in the way home, a 30 minute trip took 1.5 hours. Along the way, on RT420 in Delaware county I saw the strangest lawn ornament. I thought maybe it was a church or something, nope, just someone’s house..
This may be one of the last shoots I’m on with this company. I start a new job at the beginning of the month.
I’ve always been a big fan of iphone based music apps. I’ve been involved with electronic music since the late 80′s. I started off with Cakewalk on a IBM PC 8088 running in DOS. iPhones are light years ahead of what those early machines were capable of. To date, I must have 15+ music apps on my iPhone alone.. If you recognized Propellerhead Software – they also make some other groundbreaking apps. They started with ReBirth, then created Reason - along with additional versions, Rex Editors, etc.
Figure is made for the occasional few minutes you might have to make some fun, good sounding music. Below you’ll find a few screen captures of the interface and a song I made. For .99 USD it’s hard to beat. The sound engine is from Reason and by whole, is another great feather in Propellerhead’s cap. Have an iOS device and like electronic music? Go to to the app store now.
I was at the PA Convention Center yesterday and happened to look down the alley across Broad St. next to the PA Academy of Fine Arts. There’s a really nice plane turned greenhouse there. Not having my DSLR with me – they best camera you have is the one you have on you. I took these photos with my iPhone 4 and processed the pics with Camera +. Enjoy!
After waiting for two months for my domain registration to run out… I’m back! Apparently, you can’t switch domain services if there’s under 60 days left in your package.. So, do I pay for another year just so I can change to another service? Or wait for the domain to expire…and risk the chance someone less is waiting for danfrancis.net to become available.
I waited, and I switched to Netfirms after being with register.com for close to 10 years. Finding anything available with Dan Francis is pretty much impossible on the web. There’s a busy photographer in the Midwest I get mistaken for now and then. Email addresses?? Forget about it. Unless you like a string of numbers at the end of your name.
Well, I waited, I built up my web skills (even more) and now I’m back!