Run Audio Unit Plugins on Your Mac’s System Output
MenuBUS – “The Master Bus for your Mac” – lets you run audio unit plugins on your Mac’s system output, straight from the menu bar.
menuBUS is a lightweight menu bar application that lets you capture your Mac’s system audio, host Audio Unit plugins in real-time, and pass the processed audio to an audio output of your choice.
Until now applying effects to the system audio has involved the use of multiple apps, audio drivers and aggregate devices, and in the case of paid apps that can solve this problem the user is still left with a lot of prep work and time spent managing app clutter.
- Full control of any Audio Unit plugin.
- Works with any Audio Unit plugin that works in your DAW.
- You can save your own presets. These can be switched with keyboard shortcuts.
- Unlimited plugin slots, draggable via drag & drop.
menuBUS is still under development, but you can get early access by becoming a tester.
To download, click the link at the top of the menuBUS website.
The app will cost $39 USD once it goes on sale in March 2017.
Your email address and macOS 10.10+ are required….
Update – menuBUS version 0.96
Updated March 13th 2017.
Here a couple of new features that have been requested by testers and have made the app better.
There is now a choice of buffer sizes between 32 – 4096 samples. This choice is stored with the preset too, so can be changed on the fly to enable lower latency settings for tracking.
There is now a choice between enabling device clock synchronization and disabling it. Synchronization is enabled by default to help menuBUS be compatible with the most audio setups, but synchronization isn’t required in every case and does technically change the sound.
Presets are now much more powerful. Nearly every aspect of menuBUS’s state is stored with the preset – including which output device to use and the audio channels of that device to output from. Super handy for users who want to switch quickly between monitoring paths with a customizable keyboard shortcut.
Since the first public release, menuBUS latency has been decreased greatly through driver and engine optimizations. menuBUS now adds only 16ms of delay to the overall audio signal at 44k/32 and only 10ms at 96k/64.
Global Plugin Bypass
menuBUS now has a global plugin bypass button with the ability to assign a keyboard shortcut to enable/disable all hosted audio plugins. To assign a keyboard shortcut, just right-click on the button and an entry field pops up. When menuBUS detects a new audio device has been added a notification appears, giving the user a choice between sticking with the current output or to switch to the new device.