I posted a full review of UVI’s BeatHawk iOS music app here on the blog when it was first released. 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 updates for the app arrived on the App Store not long after the initial release. These included changes to the audio and MIDI preferences, a significant memory optimisation for improved performance and the option to use the app as an IAA instrument to complement that of IAA audio. Using Cubasis , for example, as an IAA host, you can add BeatHawk to a Cubasis MIDI track and sequence a performance from within Cubasis; if you want the sample playback tools of BeatHawk but the option to sequence from your favourite iOS DAW/sequencer app, then this is a useful addition.
A further update – taking the app to v.1.1.0 – has arrived on the App Store today. Amongst the changes are some enhancements to the Browser where the user library section now supports the use of sub-folders, files can now be imported/exported via iCloud and there is also support for Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.
Other changes include some fixes within the in app purchase section, some memory optimisations for more efficient operation and a bunch of minor bug fixes. These sorts of ‘maintenance updates’ might not have the excitement of some significant new creative feature but it is always reassuring for existing (and potential) owners to see that development work is ongoing.
BeatHawk has 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. As a stand-alone tool for electronic music production based around the well-established ‘sample pad’ concept, this is a lot of fun but, with the solid IAA implementation, this is easily an app that you can integrate into a wider music production workflow.
Here’s hoping UVI can keep the updates coming and they can make an already great app even better. However, if you have not yet taken a punt, but want to give the app a try for yourself, then you can grab your own copy for just UK£7.99. Top-notch stuff and highly recommended.