2018
03/22
UVI Beathawk Sounds On Sale
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Beathawk is a groovebox sampling type app by UVI but not only that it is also sort of like Kontakt for iOS because you can expand it with their multi-sampled instrument packs AND it’s AUv3 (audio unit) which gets you into some decent acoustic samples for cheap to use in your audio unit host.

UVI expansion packs 50% off

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2018
03/06
Groove Rider GR-16 Adds Stereo Delay
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Groove Rider GR-16 is a professional step-sequenced groove box, inspired by professional hardware drum machines and rhythm boxes. It has a powerful Poison-202 based two oscillator synthesizer engine, plus a big variety of included PCM drum samples, insert/send/master effects, arpeggiator, automation recording, modulator, ADSR and filter block, and more! Built-in factory pattern library includes patterns in different music styles, which will inspire you (the list will be appended with the regular updates). Check out the patterns demo video:

What’s New
Version 1.3.3

In this version (1.3.3):
– added a stereo delay effect per part (also known as Haas effect), controlled from the Part Parameters menu. You can specify the delay time between left and right channels in milliseconds, or turn it off for the part (by default);
– added new utility function: Shift part one step left or right, located in the Utils menu;
– chain mode: now, if you switch chain mode to “on” during playback, you won’t have to restart the current pattern to make chain mode work;
– added 4 factory preset patterns (named “Acid-1988”);
– some of factory preset patterns were slightly modified to use new stereo delay effect, introduced in this update.

In previous version (1.3.2):
– “Save to New…” function during playback now immediately switches to the new saved pattern without having to wait for current pattern to end;
– “Export Pattern Audio” functions were renamed to “Render Pattern Audio” for clarity; and “Export Pattern” (.gr16 format) functions were renamed to “Share Pattern” accordingly;
– “Render Chain Audio” and “Render Chain Stems” functions added, allowing you to render a chain of patterns, starting from current pattern, into one big audio file (or stems archive) for export. Be sure to turn “Chain Mode: On” setting to enable and use these functions;
– a progress bar added when rendering audio, with the “Cancel” button, allowing you to cancel rendering in the middle of the process if needed;
– bug fixed: patterns with non-standard rhythm base (especially 16 Triplets) were playing back and chained incorrectly;
– several minor, but important bug fixes.

One remarkable feature of GR-16 is that all the controls are arranged on one screen, just like on a real groove box device! It lets you access almost all useful parameters from the one screen. Forget about numerous sub-windows and dialogs, which ruined your inspiration in another musical apps! Groove Rider is the fastest path from your imagination to reality!

You can use GR-16 as a ready-to-go realtime musical instrument (groove box) in your jam sessions together with Ableton Link feature to synchronize it with your other music gear. Groove Rider is also very handy for quickly sketching your musical ideas, allowing you to instantly record them directly by using the Record function. Making music becomes easy and fun, in contrast with boring note drawing process and dealing with tons of files and expensive plugins in the DAW’s! Don’t loose your inspiration, boost it up with Groove Rider!

Features:

• supports Ableton Link, AudioBus, AudioShare, Inter-App Audio, Core Midi and Virtual Midi input

• synth engine is Poison-202 based: 2 oscillators, 5 waveforms (Saw, Pulse, Sine, Triangle and Super-Saw)
• synth oscillator modulation types: Ring, Sync, PW and XFM
• 83 available oscillator configurations
• Filter module with LP, BP, HP, Notch type filters, 12 and 24 dB/octave
• amp module
• ADSR envelope, assignable to Amp and Filter
• Modulator module with 9 LFO modulation shapes x 6 modulation destinations (Pitch, Filter, Level, Pan, Osc Edit, IFX Edit)
• voice portamento (Slide)

• polyphony up to 32 voices
• 16 sounding parts per pattern
• 16 steps x 4 bars per each part
• each step consist of up to 4 voices (notes)
• each step can be time shifted forward/backward a fractional value
• assignable strokes for each step (to play several notes at one step)
• assignable step trigger conditions for each note

• 12 send effect types, one send effect per pattern
• 22 master effect types, one master effect per pattern
• 34 insert effect types, one insert effect per each part
• master Limiter (can be switched on/off)
• Arpeggiator with 6 modes and 50 rhythm patterns
• Scale play mode with 36 different scales to select from
• Chords and Notes play mode
• more than 30 different midi groove templates

• up to 256 user patterns to store in one user pattern bank
• import & export user patterns and banks via share sheet
• pattern audio export in 16, 24 and 32 bit wav format
• Ableton Live Set export
• 25 interface skins

Minimum recommended devices:
• iPhone 5 and newer
• iPad Air and newer

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2018
02/05
Groovebox Adds New Synthesizer
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Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

Today there’s a new member of the Groovebox synth family. MiniMon is a contemporary, cutting-edge synth for punchy bass riffs and rich detailed leads. MiniMon’s powerful wavetable modulations generate a broad spectrum of inspiring sounds. The free MiniMon Essentials 1 soundpack includes 20 presets and over 100 patterns.

This version also includes the ‘Pro Features Collection’ — all four Groovebox instruments in one easy-to-get bundle.


MiniMon preset packs demo


MiniMon expansion features demo

• A BEATS & SYNTH MUSIC STUDIO
Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Two powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio.

• SYNTHS DESIGNED WITH NOVATION
Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics.

• EASY TO START, DEEP ENOUGH TO MASTER
Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Included iPad mixer, note sequencer, key and scale modes let you control your sound. Build your arrangements with sections. Export your sounds easily to a laptop to produce further. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.

FEATURES
• Discover and build ideas – Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
• Play touchable instruments – Create your own melodies and beats
• Four powerful instruments – Drumbox, MiniMon, RetroBass and Poly-8
• Build beats – Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
• Arrange your tracks – Simple song-building using sections
• Sound innovation – Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
• Expand your sounds – Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
• Production-ready sounds – Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
• Extendable Instruments – Expose more tweakable synth controls
• Sequence your music – Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
• Stay in time and key – Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
• Share your music – Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
*Requires In-App Purchase

ADVANCED FEATURES
• Jam with others – Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
• Swing – Instantly add swing to your session.
• Ableton Export – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
• Full scale support – All keys and major, minor and modes supported
• Project management – Rename, duplicate and delete
• iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
• Send your ideas to a laptop – Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
• Bluetooth speaker supported

SUPPORTED DEVICES
Groovebox is compatible with iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7/12.9, iPad Mini 2/3/4, iPod Touch 6th Generation, iPhone X, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus. Supports iOS 10 and iOS 11.

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2018
01/24
Beathawk Adds MIDI Out AUV3
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Beathawk is a portable music production studio with a groovebox type all in one workflow. With Beathawk you can create beats, compose whole tracks, sample, record, sequence, perform, mix and arrange your own music.

Version History
Jan 23, 2018 Version 2.2
UPDATE: Midi Output for AUV3
UPDATE: Missing samples detection >> Message displayed on “PAD” (on iPad only) and in “SAMPLE” tab (on iPhone & iPad)
UPDATE: Allow full screen for AUV3
FIX: Step Editor Navigation glitches
FIX: Internal keyboard latency

» Packed with high-quality UVI sounds, instruments and effects
» Use included UVI sounds, your own samples, or high-quality expansion packs
» Use with other Apps that support Ableton Link. Audiobus, AudioCopy and AudioUnits
» Export your mixes, stems, MIDI tracks or as Ableton Live project files
» Share with your friends on YouTube or SoundCloud
» Get your ideas out quickly, efficiently and sounding great no matter where you are.

STUDIO GRADE
» Designed to put professional quality UVI software into a lightweight and fun performance-oriented package
» Delivers extreme sonic fidelity rivaling desktop products
» Power, speed and flexibility make for ultimate ease-of-use
» Ensures fast, intuitive and professional quality music production

SOUNDS
» Including 2 factory sound packs with 2,000+ samples, 290 presets and dozens of loops
» Import your own sounds (support for MP3, WAV, AIF, FLAC, and M4A)
» Record using built-in mic, line-in or external devices
» Edit and tweak sounds with high-quality effects and ADSR envelopes
» Integrated sound expansion store (Acoustic Grand, Atlanta Urban, Funk, Brass Riffs, Asia, World Percussions, Vintage Blues Guitar, Electric Organs, Electro Pop, and much more…)

CONNECTIVITY
» Ableton Link, Inter-App Audio, Audio Unit v3 Plugin, Audiobus and AudioCopy support
» Transfer files via. iCloud, Google Drive, DropBox or OneDrive
» Paste audio directly to pads with AudioCopy
» External keyboard and MIDI-over-LAN support via CoreMIDI
» Jam with multiple devices using WIST Sync over Bluetooth
» Export stereo mix, stems, MIDI tracks or Ableton Live project file (file format: 44.1kHz 24-bit WAV)
» Share your music on SoundCloud and YouTube

FEATURES
» 16 track sequencer with up to 16 patterns per part
» Pad, keyboard and pattern performance modes
» High-quality pitch and time stretching
» Numerous scales playable in Pitch mode
» Step Editor mode with Note and CC
» Record using built-in mic, line-in or external devices
» Edit and tweak sounds with high-quality effects and ADSR envelopes
» Choke groups and One-Shot sample modes
» Bind parameters to MIDI CC with MIDI Learn
» Perform and record arrangements in realtime

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
» iOS 9+
» iPad 4 or newer
» iPhone 5 or newer (iPhone 6 or newer recommended)
» 950MB of disk space

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2017
08/24
Free Groovebox Update Adds Bluetooth
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Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

Groovebox for iOS | A Beats & Synths Studio from Ampify on Vimeo.

What’s New in Version 1.4
This free update allows you to play Groovebox instruments using your USB or Bluetooth MIDI keyboard. It also adds a chromatic on-screen keyboard, full-range pattern editing and multi-step pattern undo. Thanks for supporting Groovebox.

1.4 Improvements:
• MIDI support – Play Groovebox with your MIDI controller
• Chromatic on-screen keyboard
• Full-octave pattern editing
• Multi-step pattern undo
• Fine-tune volume for notes in pattern editor
• Fixed bug whereby first drum hit sometimes wouldn’t play
• Various bug fixes

Other Recent Improvements:
• Ducker. Easily add Pump your mix using either Kicks, or two preset patterns.
• Swing. Make your tracks bounce with either 16th or 8th note swing.
• Much improved performance, which takes far less power from your phone.

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