Auria is first truly professional DAW for the iPad. In terms of audio quality and features (processing audio, mixing and mastering), nothing else comes close yet. Auria was designed from the ground for iPad and with this app that you don’t need desktop DAW anymore – you can do everything on the iPad.
Recording and processing are what make Auria standout. No other mobile DAWs can record up to 24 channels at once, and Auria offers true VST plugins from plugin makers like PSP and FabFilter. Now there is an impressive list of plugins available in Auria in-app store: FabFilters Micro, Pro-C, Pro-DS, Pro-G, Pro-L, Pro-Q, Saturn, Timeless 2, Volcano 2; WaveMachine’s Classic Verb Pro and Drumagog, PSP’s Echo, MicroWarmer, oldTimer, PianoVerb 2. Plus there are built in Convolution Reverb, Classic Verb, Retune, PSP Channel and Master Strips.
All these effects were ported as is from desktop versions so you can expect same high quality of plugins but for much less price (price per plugin defers from 10$ to 30$ which is 3-5 times cheaper then desktop VSTs). Lack of support of virtual instruments is definitely weakness of the app for electronic music production but developers committed to provide support in future releases. One of the greatest features of Auria is desktop style implementation of automation. You can automate almost any parameter of plugins.
“This is the first mobile mixing (AND recording AND post production) app that I’ve ever used that is truly professional. Just Wow !” – David Kahne (Grammy winning producer/engineer for Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Stevie Nicks, Sublime, The Bangles, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor)
Interface and workflow
Classical multitrack DAW interface with tracks, timeline and audio region and high quality plugins and effects make this app great for live recording, arranging and mixing. There are two main screens: Mixer and Track Editor. Mixing console is intuitive and looks similar to desktop DAWs. For better accuracy turn iPad in portrait mode and you’ll get much larger faders. Multitrack editor is also similar to ProTools/Cubase/Logic approach but it takes some time to get used to gestures to operate with clips.
Import/Export AAF files via iTunes share or Dropbox
Recording up to 24 tracks
Professional level audio processing and mixing
Great third-party VST plugins support
No midi tracks/virtual midi support
Some user interface elements come from desktop interfaces and are not optimized for smaller screens and touch control
UPDATE 2013-10: One of the best iOS DAWs Auria was updated with IAA support. Now you can see IAA-compatible apps: synths and effects in the plugin slots in Auria. Also latest release brings Sugar Bytes WOW filter plugin. Now both SugarBytes Turnado and WOW are available in Auria for those users who already have bought these plugins as stand alone apps, so there’s no need to pay twice.