In 2008 I was producing loop kits for an iPhone app called Looptastic. Almost 10 years later I’m producing for Retronyms. Funny how the basic technology is the same. Both Looptastic and Hook read ACIDization meta and do stretching. Back then Looptastic was the only app doing this before GarageBand for iOS. In 1998 I worked at a company called Sonic Foundry editing their loops for Acid Pro. As much as I’d like to escape the loop biz it keeps sucking me back in lol. Anyway excited to announce my latest pack Deep EDM now available in the AudioCopy content store!
This isn’t really iOS related BUT I am the founder of this blog so I’m entitled to do a little self promotion on here right? Dave Smith Instruments approached me about an interview because I am a Tempest owner.
“Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle) is a Los Angeles based composer for TV, video games, and film. He got his start producing loop packs for Sonic Foundry (now Magix) back in 2001, which led to his ongoing success and long list of credits including Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Damaged Core (Oculus VR). Tom Clancy’s The Division, Saints Row The Third, Saints Row IV, Growing Up Hip Hop, Wicked Tuna, Despicable Me 2 DVD featurette, Kroll Show, Portlandia, Lost Girl, The Royals, Nightwatch, Wahlburgers, MLB.TV, MMA, E! News Weekly and more. When he isn’t busy writing for TV, he’s cranking out sample packs for his side project, Soundtrack Loops.
We chatted with him about how he’s using the Tempest.”
App Attack Ep 003 – Making a Trap beat with an iPad and Praxis Beats app.
The following video demonstrates how to make a Trap beat with 32nd and 64th note snare rolls and high hat patterns the using Praxis Beats app. As always you can download the free Trap beats, loops, kits, and samples from the video here.
One of the key components to a proper Trap beat is the use of 32nd and 64th note snare rolls and high hat patterns. Most of the Trap tutorials for iPad fail to mention this. In this video I show you how to quickly produce those types of patterns using an app called Praxis Beats.
The one thing this app is really good at is producing total sonic mayhem. This can be useful when working on glitch beats and rhythms.
Version 2 effects automation as you can see is quite nice with two global x/y pads. Global effects include reverb, delay, distortion, speed, filters, volume and pan.
Praxis Beats does not come with tons of sounds and patterns but in version 2 there is an in app option to unlock 2500 samples for free if you choose to.
Randomize is a great feature. Randomly generate an entire pattern and solo samples to find the sweet spot OR take the whole thing in and tweak it from there.
Now let’s get on with the Trap beat. I’ve created a custom Trap kit which you can download for free of course as well as a simple Trap pattern.
Now then, I’ve seen a few how to Trap videos for iPad on Youtube and all of them fail to use 32nd and 64th note patterns which I find disappointing as this is a major characteristic of Trap music, specifically when programming high hat patterns. Praxis Beats makes programming 32nd note patterns a breeze but what truly makes it special is the fact that you can work with up to 128th note performances. This is huge. I can’t think of another app that can drop 128th notes down with one press of a button. Can you? Comment below. Now let’s add some pitch alterations to each of those micro patterns. Here you can edit volume, pitch (speed), and panning for each note. You get control over volume, panning, and speed (in this case pitch) per note down to the 128th note.
I can create a bassline by changing the pitch of the sub bass notes as well.
See how simple it is to create variations and changes for your grooves? Now let’s mess it all up!
Thanks for watching. This is Dj Puzzle your host and as usual you can down the samples, kit, and loops from this video in the Youtube description. Please subscribe for more.
Here is a drum kit I made for Patterning called “Wood” because I used a recording of chopping firewood as one of the sounds. Most of the other sounds were made on a Moog Voyager. I hope you like this demo/jam. I used Soundprism Pro for the keyboard sounds. This kit is good for Chill Out, Chilltrap, and Glitch music.
iPad Loops is a music app blog dedicated to exposing the best iPad apps for iOS musicians, producers, and Djs. This is not a database of every app. It is, however, one of useful recommendations from someone with many years in music production. I try to update it on a daily basis (ok sometimes every two days) and I do my best to post useful apps only. My name is Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle).
You might know me from my royalty free loop packs and sound design. Some of the apps that contain my loops are LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Sony Creative, Soundtrack Loops, Sample Logic, Pakotec, Loopmasters, Acoustica, Xmix, Sound Trends, and many more. Subscribe to our RSS feed below to get updated when new apps are posted.