Zillidrone groovebox app released for iPad

There are fresh groovebox-related larks to be had by iPad owners, with Andrey Savitsky releasing Zillidrone. This enables you to work with 32-step sequences for snares, kicks, hi-hats, a sampler and two multi-oscillator synths.

Sequences can be created, modified and arranged on the fly, giving you a degree of live performance potential, and you can also automate the five supplied effects. There's MIDI Input and Output, though neither Audiobus or Inter-App Audio support currently seems to be in place.

Zillidrone is available now from the Apple App Store priced at £4.49/$5.99. Check out the video above for a taste of what it has to offer.

Zillidrone main features

  • Drum machine and drum pads for real-time groove production with 4 types of touches. Tap or swipe drum pads within different areas to produce different shots.
  • Change samples manually or shuffle samples randomly during performance.
  • Two oscillator synth with 5 presets, preset sequencers and automations for each controller.
  • Sampler with piano keyboard (6 octaves).
  • 5 real-time DSP effects: distortion, free verb, pitch shifter, wah-wah, ring modulator , one non-realtime "looper" effect and global delay effect.
  • Mixer for panning and sending to global delay effect for each instrument and DSP effect.
  • Arrangement editor for storing 16 different scenes. Each scene saves all states of controls, sequences, automations. You can change scenes manually, randomly or create a song arrangement.
  • Included library of 397 samples (99 per each drum instrument and 100 for sampler).
  • Upload sample packs (wav, aif, aiff formats) via iTunes and assign them to each instrument separately.
  • Real time recording for loops or long tracks. There's an option to record instruments and effects into different WAV files.
  • Export recordings to Dropbox or open in applications with audio file import support.
  • MIDI input and output. MIDI Sync input.
  • Demo projects, help and video tutorial are included.
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.