Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

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Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby transco » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:30 pm

Can someone please post the link to the Mac companion app for MusicIO? I can't find it.

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby AUUG » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:15 am

No problem!

Here is the MusicIO site:

http://musicioapp.com/

Download the FREE mac companion app (musicIO server that runs in the menu bar) direct from here:

http://musicioapp.com/mac (direct download should work now)

Or it can be found at http://musicioapp.com/

Here is MIDI over USB info at auug.wiki:

http://auug.info/wiki/doku.php/midi_over_usb_lightning

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby transco » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:40 am

FYI, the second link you provided returns:

Damn! Something isn't right and the page you requested was witheld by the server. Please follow the link above to our home page. Do let us know via email if you keep on getting this irritating message.


No problem, I think I have all that I need now.

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby AUUG » Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:49 am

Thanks for the heads up transco!

The direct download should work now: http://musicioapp.com/mac

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby transco » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:29 pm

What is the thinking as far as Garageband goes... use the Presets with the iOS version of Garageband or use Garageband OS X with MIDI from Music IO? If I want to use the IOS Garageband, how do I couple Garageband's Audio Out to Music IO so I can record it with the computer?

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby AUUG » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:48 pm

It is an interesting point!

We have not experimented with the latter option (Garageband OS X with MIDI from Music IO) so we cannot really compare. Typically desktop/laptop software is ahead of iOS apps, so you may get better/more flexible results with this approach. If you produce anything via this setup please do share it here!

Alternatively, to record realtime iOS audio into your DAW check out the README-Music-IO.txt file (quoted below) that comes with the OSX MusicIO mac application:

http://musicioapp.com/mac (direct download should work now)

There is also useful info over at their FAQ:

https://musicio.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

Remember you can record any performance directly in iOS GarageBand and then export it as an audio file (for integration into a multitrack song on your DAW for example).

Let us know if that helps!

README-Music-IO.txt
To connect your iOS device to your Mac, install Music IO on both, and then
start both. When you connect your iOS device with a USB sync cable (either
30-pin or Lightning), you should see a green "connected" circle.

To easily stream audio from iOS into your Mac DAW, install either the VST
or AU plug-ins. These can be placed in either the system plug-in folders
(/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components for AU, or /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST
for VSTs). There are 32 and 64 bit versions available. Use which ever is
appropriate for your system and DAW. Your DAW may need some configuration to
locate the plug-ins. You may also place the plug-ins in a folder in your
personal directory (look for ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins).

===========================
Audio Recording Quick Start

Start Music IO on your Mac and iOS device (make sure you get the green
"connected" display). Installing the AU or VST on your DAW will depend on
your DAW, but in general:
1) Create an Audio track in your DAW
2) Install the Music IO effect on the track
3) Add an instrument to track on iOS

When audio is streaming from the iOS device to your Mac, the audio will be
forwarded automatically to the track in your DAW. The VST or AU plug-in
on your DAW lets you choose which incoming audio track to receive.

****RECORDING****
An important thing to note: normally, a DAW will record the audio coming into
a track, not the output of the track. For example, if you were to make a
recording of a guitar, and send it through an amp simulator -- the DAW would
record the raw guitar signal, but not the result of the effects -- this makes
it easy to adjust the recording and change effects after laying down the
original guitar track.

With Music IO, the audio input to the track is overwritten with the sound coming
in from the iOS device. Without doing anything with the configuration, the
only thing the DAW will record is the input to the track -- *not* what your iOS
device produced.

To capture permanently the sound from your iOS device, you will need to do a
little bit of extra routing. In a DAW such as Logic, you can assign a "send
bus," and route the output of the track with Music IO onto a second track
-- with the bus as the input. Record on the track which has the bus input.
Other DAWs have similar mechanisms.

This configuration requires a little bit more routing in the DAW, but avoids the
need for complex audio input and output set-ups. Music IO will integrate with
your DAW setup, without needing the creation of aggregate devices, or switching
your current audio input and output setup.

Questions? Drop us a line at support@musicioapp.com !

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby transco » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:13 am

I would agree that running Garageband on the computer is the way to go. Unfortunately, I've been having a great deal of trouble getting my OS X version working properly. All of the instruments are listed, but when I select about half of them I get the 'EXS24 instrument “xxx+.exs” not found' error message. I've Googled it and seen many solutions, but none have worked for me so far. I've tried rebuilding the sound library, tried uninstalling Garageband, deleting the library's, etc., but still no joy. On the other hand, I also have an old version (V6.0) of Garageband that works perfectly, but lacks a lot of the features of the current version (V10). Very frustrating.

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby transco » Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:12 pm

Problem solved. The 'missing' instruments were found under the 'Legacy' tab. FYI, my favorite instrument for the Motion Synth so far is the Puruvian Panpipes (World Jam Pack) played with Motion Synth Preset (3).

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Re: Mac Companion App for MusicIO?

Postby AUUG » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:12 am

Great to hear that you got that issue sorted and sorry for the delay in replying to your post.

If you record any video or audio of the Puruvian Panpipes please do share it here, we would love to hear it!

Did you create any custom MIDI assignments in GarageBand OSX for playing Puruvian Panpipes or did the sound control work without any changes?

Also, the free Reaktor Player could be loaded as a VST or AU within GarageBand OSX, which means you could play and record the Bowed String sound directly within GarageBand OSX (dowload requires forum login):

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6

You'd have to restart the free VST/AU every 30 mins, but it still a great way to give it a try.

Please let us know if that is useful.


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