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Arturia advances iSEM synth app to work with Apple’s Audio Unit Extensions

Music software and hardware developer Arturia advances its iSEM - an authentic-sounding software recreation of the Seventies-vintage Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module (SEM) for Apple’s iPad - as one of the first fully-compatible apps for Apple’s Audio Unit Extensions. Audio Unit Extensions is an all-new technology in its latest iOS 9 (mobile) and OS X El Capitan (Mac) operating systems that aims to bring the Audio Units (AU) system-level full plug-in architecture model that was previously only available to third-party developers like Arturia in OS X to both OS X and iOS.


Arturia’s iSEM update represents a more user-friendly experience than the traditional way of interlinking apps using Inter-App Audio or Audiobus, which was the case with previous versions of this award-winning app. According to iSEM development partner Rolf Wöhrmann, “The main difference is that you can now run iSEM from within an app like GarageBand for iPad in much the same way as you would work with standard Arturia plug-ins when running them in desktop- or laptop-based host applications - integrating the synth sounds of iSEM into your GarageBand projects without leaving the GarageBand app, in other words.


“iSEM users can now record and multitrack their iSEM-based creations within GarageBand, adding drums, voice, guitar, and other sounds to make more complete musical arrangements, if they so wish. It’s also possible to have multiple instances of iSEM running in GarageBand - at least three or four when using latest-generation iPads, which was impossible with the previous ‘standalone’ version of iSEM.”



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