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BIG updates coming – Cubasis, ThumbJam and DrumJam

Next week looks to be a BIG week of app updates for iOS musicians.

Cubasis has submitted version 1.8 to Apple, which will bring the long-awaited automation to this great DAW. If all goes well, the developer Steinberg states that the update should go live on March 21st.

And if that wasn't enough, both ThumbJam and DrumJam are getting significant updates, including Audiobus 2 support, state-saving, 4-way split screen and 8 simultaneous instruments for ThumbJam, among others.

Cubasis version 1.8 update


  •  Automation
  •  MIDI CC's, program changes, aftertouch support
  •  Mixer side global control panel
  •  Phase inversion plug-in (for audio channels)
  •  Redesigned effect rack
  •  Audiobus 2.0 support


  •  The sustain pedal is now recorded as MIDI events (All sustain pedal problems solved!).
  •  The mod wheel is now recorded as MIDI events.
  •  Color-coded inspector nodes for automation, inserts and sends were added.
  •  The pitch bend range behaviour has been adapted to match Cubase. MicroSonic pitch bend range is configurable per track in the Inspector.
  •  Pitch bend wheel movement is visible when playing back pitch bend events.
  •  Audiobus 2.0 support.


  • CB-1519 Scrolling the list of available Inter-App Audio effects now works as expected.
  • CB-1557 Freezing a muted or soloed track no longer leads to wrong mute/solo button behaviour.
  • CB-1218 Recording of pitch bend events now works as expected.
  • CB-1506 Polyphony setting no longer affects metronome playback.
  • CB-1508 A problem that occurred when inserting Inter-App Audio effects that feature MIDI input has been solved.
  • CB-1511 Event names that contain special characters will now be displayed correctly.
  • CB-1507 Playback of events that contain notes of length zero no longer result in hanging notes.
  • CB-1514 Fixes a problem where monitoring of audio tracks did not work as expected.
  • CB-1515 Inter-App Audio effects are no longer disconnected when they go silent.
  • CB-1529 Input clipping indicators now work as expected.
  • CB-1530 Track freeze of audio events has been corrected when being used with overlapping parts.
  • CB-1604 Fixes an issue where after undo or redo too many tracks were record-enabled.
  • CB-783 Gain related effect parameters no longer crackle when they are modified during playback.
  • CB-1705 Performing a mixdown of a 96 kHz project during playback no longer leaves reverb tail at mixdown start.

ThumbJam version 2.4 update

  • Audiobus 2 support, including state load/save
  • IAA node support
  • Now supports up to 4 screen splits, and up to 8 simultaneously loaded instruments
  • Velocity layering support added (new downloadable instruments coming up that take advantage of it)
  • AudioCopy2 update
  • Added AudioShare export and import
  • Now allows pitch tracking mode in background
  • Added chromatic or white-key-only MIDI scale lock option
  • Custom MIDI NRPN support for handling real-time scale changes via MIDI (for use with the app KeyIn)
  • Added MIDI breath control (CC2) options (volume and filter cutoff)
  • Improved channel and poly pressure support
  • Show all-notes-off button when instrument sustains on release (for damping)
  • User presets are now alphabetized in list (so renaming can control ordering)
  • Fixed up monophonic patch playing via MIDI
  • Fixed sample loop crossfade issues
  • Fixed continuum glide mode in landscape orientation
  • Fixed issue with VoiceOver and menus
  • Fixed longstanding attack envelope consistency issue

DrumJam version 1.3 update

  • Audiobus v2 support, with state save/restore
  • Added direct AudioShare export
  • Added solo pad auto-repeat Swing control
  • Now listens to MIDI program change messages to switch loaded kits, as well as user/factory session presets
  • Responds to a fixed set of MIDI CCs for most parameters
  • Double-tap for defaults on individual effects sliders
  • Now supports MIDI voice-per-channel input for pad instruments
  • Added option to only record pad instrument output
  • Drum kits now have separate open/closed hat notes for MIDI use (GM bindings)
  • Fixed attack consistency issue with large buffer sizes
  • Fixed flam issue with pad auto-repeats
  • Fixed instruments with broken MIDI maps
Cubasis 2 (AppStore Link) Cubasis 2
Developer: Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
Rated: 4+3
Price: $69.99 Download
ThumbJam (AppStore Link) ThumbJam
Developer: Sonosaurus LLC
Rated: 4+5
Price: $11.99 Download
DrumJam (AppStore Link) DrumJam
Developer: Sonosaurus LLC
Rated: 4+4.5
Price: $10.99 Download

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