Audiobus not compatible with Garageband on 4th gen iPod Touch?

iOS & iPadOS
Greetings, I have a 4th generation iPod Touch running the latest version of iOS. I selected GarageBand as my output connection in AudioBus, but when I opened GarageBand, it told me that AudioBus wasn't compatible with it on my device. I was wondering if this was a bug or if Apple has chosen to no longer support the 4th gen iPod Touch? I just contacted Audiobus and am just waiting for a response. In the meantime, who can I contact at Apple about this? In the event that Apple chose not to support the iPod Touch, then I have to buy an adapter for my iRig Keys so it'll work with my iPhone 5 and install everything on the iPhone. Grrr! Thank you in advance! Best regards, Siena



Submitted by Esther on Monday, April 29, 2013

Hi Siena,

The latest version of GarageBand, version 1.4, released March 20, 2013, incorporates support for Audiobus. I looked up the specifications of this version in the App Store under the "Whar's New" heading. I'll paste in the description.

What's New

• Play and record music apps supported by Audiobus directly into GarageBand*
• Turn off grid snapping to get finer control over region and note editing
• Fixes an issue that resulted in feedback while connecting 3rd-party audio accessories into the headphone/microphone jack

* Requires iPhone 4S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 or later. Audiobus requires a separate purchase.

It seems that the problem is that the version 1.4 update of GarageBand Audiobus support applies to iPhone models 4S and later, iPod Touch models 5th generation and later, and iPad models 2nd generation and later (which includes the iPad Mini).  So Audiobus should work on your iPhone 5, but not on your 4th generation iPod Touch.  This appears to be a function of the requirements of the app that is running Audiobus, but basically all the devices that are listed use dual core processors.  The dual core processors of the iPhone 5 and the 4th generation iPad are delivering about 2.5 times the performance of the 5th generation iPod Touch, which is the device at the bottom end of the Audiobus compatible devices.  From Audiobus forum posts, a user with a 4th generation iPod Touch said it was possible to run some Audiobus compatible apps, especially by breaking down the steps, but that some synths and apps were just more CPU intensive, and that it didn't take much to produce stuttering, skipping notes, distortion, and hang the app, requiring a device reboot.  Best performance came from the 4th generation iPad, followed by the iPhone 5, and then the 3rd generation iPad.



Submitted by Isaac Hebert (not verified) on Monday, April 29, 2013

It doesn't work with the iPod 4 it only works with the iPhone.