Friday, July 29, 2022

How To Run iOS Apps On Mac

One of the big advantages of the new Macs with Apple Silicon M1 and M2 chips is that you can finally run iPad and iPhone apps on your Mac without the need for any emulation software.

This possibility is especially interesting for iOS music and audio processing apps that can work as an Audio unit (AUv3) and are adapted for use with macOS.

Many (but not yet all) DAWs and audio unit hosts on Mac already support the new format of audio plugins - AUv3 (do not confuse with regular AU plugins). Among them - Ableton Live (from version 11.2), Logic Pro, GarageBand, MainStage, Cockos Reaper, Plogue Bidule, Hosting AU, etc. With these hosts, iOS apps can work just as well as regular plugins.

But once again, the iOS audio apps must comply with the AUv3 standard and be adapted to work with macOS. In the App Store, the descriptions for each app have labels to tell you what platform the app was designed for. Many apps will also have a label that says, “Not verified for macOS,” which means you may encounter performance or interface issues while using it.

From these articles you can learn how to run iOS apps on Mac. Note that you do not need any third-party soft to run iOS apps adapted and verified for macOS on Macs M1 (and later).

>>> How to run your favorite iPhone and iPad apps on an M1 Mac

>>> How to Run iOS Apps on Mac [Guide]

>>> How To Run iOS Apps On Mac (inc. M1/M2 Macs, Monterey, Big Sur & Catalina)

Please note that on your Mac should be enabled System Integrity Protection (SIP) to open iOS apps.

>>> If you disable SIP, all you iOS apps will stop working on your M1

There is also an interesting article for fans of Ableton Live - "Why iPad Music App Support in Ableton Live is so Awesome". Here you can replace Ableton on any other DAW that supports AUv3 plugins. For example GarageBand or Logic Pro.

>>> Why iPad Music App Support in Ableton Live is so Awesome

Another interesting option to use iOS audio apps on Mac standalone, even without AUv3, is routing audio between them. For this, you will need a third-party software on Mac that provides audio routing. There are several free and paid virtual audio routing apps for macOS.

This article lists popular options and gives an example of using such apps with Ableton Live.

>>> How to route audio between applications

My apps that working on Macs with Apple Silicon M1 and M2

GlitchScaper - Rhythm & Glitch machine

Rhythm machine with six sound generators, each controlled by a two-layer cycle sequencer, designed to easily create glitchy patterns and scapes.

VintageRack - Easy LoFi Vintage Vibe Effects

Minimalistic and convenient multi-effect application that contains modules realistically simulating notable retro gear from the early digital age with their natural lo-fi and warm aesthetics.

SpaceFields - Space Ambient Machine

Mangler effect for creating slowly changing rhythmic sound structures in a deep reverb space from any external signal. Great for experimenting and designing ambient and noise backgrounds with rhythmic elements.

AltiSpace 2 - Advanced Convolution Reverb

Convolution reverb app with advanced controls that provides realistic sounding natural acoustic space or vintage reverb devices for any track or mix.

SoundSaw - The Art of Sound Destruction

Complex sound processing app with easy-to-use controls designed to distort the sound of musical instruments or voice, and give the sound the aesthetics and atmosphere of noise, lo-fi, chiptune and experimental music scene.

BeatCutter - Rhythm slicing & recombining

Experimental multi-channel app for slicing and recombining sound based on rhythm. In the center of the app is a matrix of sample cells with smoothly reconfigurable recording, playback and control busses.

Monday, July 25, 2022

SpaceFields universal iOS and macOS app

With the new version 1.3, SpaceFields becomes a truly universal application for iOS and macOS.

It can work on iPhone and iPad as well as Mac / MacBook with M1 chip (and later). On macOS the SpaceFields can works both as a standalone application and as an Audio unit (AUv3) with DAWs and audio unit hosts like Ableton Live, Logic Pro, GarageBand, MainStage, Plogue Bidule, and any others that support AUv3 plugins.

All application features are available on macOS, including MIDI support, audio unit parameters and importing samples from any directory of device.

Also in this update:

  • Added new presets.
  • Ready for the upcoming iOS 16.
  • Added an indicator of the threshold exceed.
  • Shift + Touch and drag to change the second value of the knobs for macOS.
  • Option to enable Shift + Touch and drag on iOS with external keyboard.
  • Slightly optimization of the audio engine.
  • Fixed an issue with some audio unit parameters.
  • Fixed a bug with a mismatch between the actual loop length and the parameter in some cases.
  • Fixed a bug with loop length when loading samples in Fixed / Ready modes.

SpaceFields - Space Ambient Machine >> App Store

SpaceFields is a mangler effect for creating slowly changing rhythmic sound structures in a deep reverb space from any external signal. Great for experimenting and designing ambient and noise backgrounds with rhythmic elements. >>> More about this app