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One of the most downright fun and useable applications of Apple's iDevices, in music making terms, is the ability to jam out and program drum and percussion loops on the go.
There's endless fun to be had building hip-hop grooves on the bus, creating pounding techno rhythms at your desk on a lunch break or sketching out percussion parts on the way to a band practice. It's when these ideas can be taken further - by transferring them to a DAW or integrating them into a larger setup - that iOS beatmaking comes into its own though.
Here we bring you a round-up of some of the most useable, innovative and flexible beatmakers on the App Store. From groove sketchpads to classic drum machine emulations, innovative drum synths and more. Starting with...
NI’s iMaschine is less an iOS version of its hardware/software namesake and more a companion app. Native describe it as a ‘groove sketchpad’, which is a pretty accurate description.
It features 16 virtual pads, which can be loaded with 25 different kits featuring a total of around 400 samples (with additional kits available as in app purchases). It’s also possible to record one-shot samples using the device’s built-in mic and import WAV samples via iTunes.
There’s a mixer section too, which features two send effect slots that can be loaded with delay, chorus, flanger and filter effects.
Overall, the app is a little light on deep features in itself, but projects can be ported to the desktop version of Machine, making it a great little tool for playing with ideas for users of the full version.