2016
07/01
Retronyms Hook Loop Mixing Dj App
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Retronymns Hook

Hook is a new music performance, mashup, and DJ app for iPhone and iPad. Arrange and trigger loops on a grid and create dynamic, expressive transitions with the Flux Fader — a multitouch “smart crossfader” that allows you to expressively make transitions between any combination of tracks/cells on the fly. The Flux Fader includes a two-axis control with 9 riser synths, glitch and gate effects, tempo-synced filter sweeps, an EQ, beat drop, tape stop, and filter drop. Combining all these to make transitions is the heart of playing live with Hook. Hook includes a full editor complete with auto transient slicing and waveform editing. Tight integration with AudioCopy makes it easy to drop in your own loops and sounds from other apps.

Retronymns Hook Transpose Loops

Transpose Loops

Real creative power can be found in the integrated sampler — record from mic/line, other apps via inter-app audio, and grab hooks from iTunes and Spotify. Change tempo in real time, and keep all your hooks in sync. Hook is a killer mashup tool with a full mixer, tons of tracks, integrated FX bus, per-cell fx, transpose, time stretching, tuning, timing and trigger settings, and more. Imagine the clip launching capabilities of Ableton Live in a futuristic multitouch environment.

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2016
03/16
Novation Blocs Wave Loop Mixing App For iOS
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Novation Blocs Wave iOS

From the dev “Blocs Wave is a music creation app designed to inspire new musical ideas. Easily combine original professional sounds across a wide array of genres. Tweak your sounds using beautiful touchable waveforms, and make your ideas even more unique. Record your vocals and instruments, and bring your ideas to life within minutes.”

My review: This app costs $4.99 and it comes with some loops. It’s an 8 track recorder/looping app and a loop mixing app. You can record into it and you can import your own loops. In this version you can NOT export a mix of loops as one sound file (maybe I missed something?). You are limited to exporting each of the eight possible loop pads individually. There are a ton of features found in other apps like GarageBand for example that are just not included in this app. I feel they rushed it out to test the waters. Sadly for the money it is just not worth it. I would get something like GarageBand which is loaded with valuable features for the same price. BUT if you’re looking to burn five bucks for a simple easy to use 8 track loop recorder/mixer then this might be for you. Keep in mind there is not a way to sequence the loops and record the sequence. It’s basically a manual track on track off type situation aka mute and unmute. There is no mixer page so to adjust the volume of a loop you have to click on it which means you can’t adjust multiple loops simultaneously. There are no effects and no sync options. You can not import a whole folder of loops just one by one. There is no user folder for imported loops. You have to import them individually each time. You CAN’T share your loop kits as one container file with a project again they have to be exported individually. No inter app audio support and does not support audio input from audiobus. Wow they just plopped a really simple basic no frills app down on us and want five bucks for it.

Get it now at a special introductory price.

Features
• Start new music – Quickly tap sounds to combine and make new original musical ideas.
• Make every sound unique – Tweak sounds using beautiful touchable waveforms.
• Record new sounds – Effortlessly capture your own sounds, vocals and instruments.
• Explore and combine your sounds from a huge library – Explore amazing sounds across genres from EDM to dubstep, indie to songwriting and tons more.
• Expand your collection – Download even more sounds from an ever expanding pro library

Blocs Wave

Advanced Features
• Real-time stretch – Change bpm while playing, and blocs will adapt.
• Record with Low-Latency
• Export & Import – Bring in your own sounds from other apps, or export to them.
• Key aware – All library sounds are ‘key aware’ and can stay in-key.
• Works well with others – Audiobus, AudioCopy, AudioShare, and hardware input and outputs supported.

Compatible with iPad 2, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Pro

Supports iOS 8 and iOS 9.

Blocs Wave

2014
03/10
Groovemaker 2 For iPad
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GrooveMaker® 2 is the latest version of this revolutionary iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app, designed for creating non-stop electronic, dance and hip-hop tracks in real-time by anyone anywhere, with results that sound like they were produced by a professional DJ. Making music with loops will never be the same.

IK Multimedia Groovemaker 2

GrooveMaker works with pre-arranged sets of loops (called “Songs”) that always sound good together. You can remix them in real-time in virtually limitless ways with our patented “groove generator” technology — all with just one touch.

As soon as you select a Song, you enter into the new Grid interface. Push the Randomix button, and you will immediately see the building blocks of your groove appear on the grid, and the music will start playing. You can change grooves with the Randomix function, or literally “draw” new grooves directly on the grid. You can lock loops, solo and mute them, change volume and pan, and freely associate loops to each of the 8 available tracks. When you’re satisfied with the results, just take a Snap (snapshot) to memorize it for further sequencing.

Enhance your grooves with the new Effects interface, where you have 16 high-quality DJ-oriented effects, from Filter to Delay, Stutter to Flanger, and Crush to Noise. You also get highly creative effects like Twist, Brake, Spin and Tail, that can only be found on sophisticated professional DJ gear.

All the effects can be operated with the X-Y touch surface, where you can even record automation within the 8-bar groove duration, for ultra-dynamic groove-effects progressions. You also have a new Master section, where you can give the finishing touch to your groove with a Compressor, an EQ and a Filter, for a professional sound that can be cut straight to a record.

GrooveMaker Packs offer over 3,600 loops. They come grouped “Song” packs that are each organized by categories such as bass drum, loop, bass, line, pads, effects and percussion. There are 70 collections available, featuring styles like House, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, D’n’B, Reggae, Reggaeton, and Rock. There are even artist packs from Ace of Skunk Anansie, Chris Domingo and Cool & Dre, with more to be released.

Additionally, GrooveMaker 2 lets you record your own loops with your device, and add them to your grooves. You can also import audio material directly from your Music Library or other sources, cut them into loops, and auto-sync them with your groove effortlessly.

What’s New in Version 1.1
– now GrooveMaker 2 is Universal (adds iPad version)

GrooveMaker 2 features:

• Completely redesigned interface
• Single application allows you to have all your loop collections in one place, with in-app purchase
• 16 Packs available in 70 song collections including styles like EDM, Dubstep, House, Hip Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, D’n’B, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock plus artist packs (4 built-in Songs plus 16 packs available for in-app purchase)
• New Matrix interface for simplified loop remixing by drawing
• New flexible management of the Randomix algorithm
• Now single loop duration can be freely set
• New groove duration can be freely set from 1/2 bar to 8 bars, with new 1/4 to 1/32 live-loop functions on saved grooves for dramatic effects
• 16 FX with automation and touch-pad like interface (10 Filter FX built-in effect plus 6 more available for in-app purchase)
• New IMPORT functions allow you to easily import audio files or record your own, and integrate them with the existing collection
• New high-quality time-stretch for seamless groove tempo variation from 50% to 200% of original BPM without affecting the pitch
• New real-time recorder
• New master control with Compressor, EQ and Filter
• New sharing features includes Audio Copy, E-mail, Wi-Fi, FTP, SoundCloud
• Compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and X-Sync

Groovemaker 2 is available for $9.99

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