Beat-Machine updated – Primitive Digital Software’s iOS drum machine ready for iOS8

Download from iTunes App StoreBeat-Machine logoI took a quick look at Primitive Digital Software’s iOS music app Beat-Machine a few weeks ago and, while it is not free, at UK£0.69, neither is it going to break the bank. As the app’s logo and name suggest, this is essentially a virtual drum machine featuring a series of drum pads, sample-based drum triggering and a pattern editor.

Of course, the iTunes App Store is not short of rather neat drum machine recreations. We have the excellent Funkbox, DM1, iMPC Pro, Boom 808!, Boom 909! and a number of others besides. That said, at UK£0.69, if you like your beats, then Beat-Machine is well be worth a punt anyway. As I commented then, v. 1.3 added some significant improvements with a more streamlined interface, a 64-bit audio engine, better MIDI Clock Sync and a ‘song’ mode. There are also a couple of funky new IAPs that can add a drum synthesizer and time/pitch/vinyl effects processing.

Beat-Machine now seems very happy to work within Audiobus under iOS8.

Beat-Machine now seems very happy to work within Audiobus under iOS8.

The app had a further update a week or so ago which was described as a minor bugfix release. However, it is also now listed over on the Audiobus website as ‘iOS8 ready’. I hadn’t had an opportunity to try the app under iOS8 until now but did give it a quick spin today using iOS8.0.2 on my iPad Air. My early impressions are positive; it seemed to work pretty well, first as a stand-alone app and then via Audiobus. beat-Machine also seemed pretty solid used on either an audio or MIDI track within Cubasis via IAA and it sync’ed to the playback controls and tempo within Cubasis without any issues.

Beat-Machine also seemed happy to work via IAA within Cubasis.

Beat-Machine also seemed happy to work via IAA within Cubasis.

If you like making your own beats – or want an inexpensive way of getting into beat production – then Beat-Machine is a bit of a bargain. With its retro looks and feel, it is perhaps not the most fully-featured virtual drum machine you might ever use but it performs well above the asking price suggests it has any right to. Another pocket money priced iOS music app that is well worth a look.

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