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This is Auria, a 48-track, plug-in supporting Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that runs on the iPad.

For the non-audio nerds among us, realize that the above description is completely absurd. So absurd, in fact, that Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music can’t describe Auria without heavy caveats to shield his integrity when/if this unicorn product fails to materialize:

I’m writing about this thing based on their description, but it’s worth adding that the track counts (with these kinds of plug-ins), multi-track recording, and even plug-ins were previously believed to be impossible by many developers. That makes this an … interesting announcement.

It’s certainly interesting. Here’s the alleged specs, as described by Krin:

-48 mono/stereo, 24-bit/44.1kHz tracks, with recording for up to 24 tracks (you’ll obviously need a USB audio interface that can do that – see notes below)

-64-bit, double precision mix architecture (something even Pro Tools only just acquired)

-Full delay compensation

-“Vintage-inspired” channel strips, with a desktop-like UI and VU/RMS switching

-VST plug-in support (requires some work to make them compatible with iOS – but out of the gate, PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter and Drumagog all work)

-Dropbox, SoundCloud, AAF, MP3 export

-Advanced channel strips, EQ, expansion/compression and dynamic controls ready to go

-Convolution reverb. (Really.)

-AAF import/export, making one definite application using this as a satellite for your desktop DAW (more on that notion below)

In an update, the developer has addressed questions from the skeptics, but we’ll have to wait until NAMM1 to put it through the paces.

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