I posted a full review of UVI’s BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog a couple of weeks ago. I was hugely impressed with BeatHawk. There are drum/groove box apps that perhaps pack in more features than BeatHawk does but I actually think UVI have struck a brilliant balanced between functionality and ease-of-use with the approach they have adopted in the initial release.
Anyway, UVI seem keen to keep things going forwards with BeatHawk and the first update for the app – v.1.0.1 – arrived on the App Store just a couple of days ago. There were a few minor fixes listed (such as with the Undo option) and the audio and MIDI preferences had been re-jigged on the main menu.
However, v.1.0.1 has been swiftly followed by v.1.0.2 today. Quite often, when you see two minor updates following in quick succession it suggests the second one has caught an issue that was not detected in the first…. I’m not sure if that’s the case here but there are a number of further fixes listed including some IAA behaviour issues, Song mode recording and in project saving. However, the description also states that this version brings a significant memory optimisation. This kind of change is always going to be welcome if it means you can run more apps alongside BeatHawk without your iPad starting to squeak.
Having given the IAA support a bit of a run through this morning, it works smoothly enough. There is still no MIDI sync between BeatHawk and your IAA host, not any IAA ‘toggle to host’ or transport controls in BeatHawk, so there are still workflow enhancements that could be made here…. However, in other regards, linked to Cubasis, BeatHawk worked fine as an audio source.
BeatHawk could easily become my ‘go to’ pad-based beat/groove construction app simply because it is – once you have spent just a short time with it – so intuitive and streamlined to use. I’d like a few more options in terms of getting BeatHawk to work with other apps (mainly some form of sync and a fuller IAA implementation) and loop-slicing would be a great addition but, as a stand-alone tool for electronic music production based around the well-established ‘sample pad’ concept, this is a lot of fun.
However, if you have not yet taken a punt, but want to give the app a try for yourself, then get in there quick and you can still pick it up for the launch price of just UK£3.99, 50% off what will soon be the regular pricing.