BeatHawk update – UVI bring iOS10 tweaks their beat making app

Download from iTunes App Store beathawk logoI 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 seemed keen to keep things going forwards after the original release with a number of significant updates appearing. 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.

BeatHawk; well-designed and streamlined workflow for sample-based music production.

BeatHawk; well-designed and streamlined workflow for sample-based music production.

However, in terms of official releases, things have actually been a bit quiet over recent months as v.1.1.1 appeared way back in July 2015. However, a further update – taking the app to v.1.1.2 – arrived on the App Store today. The only entry in the update blurb is ‘fix iOS10 issues’ so I assume this is just a bugfix release….  although, that said, I haven’t had any real issues using the app since I upgraded to iOS10.

Regular users – like me – will obviously welcome the latest update but my understanding is that the development process is still a very active one. I suspect, therefore, that there might well be a more substantial update on the horizon….  fingers crossed.

Creating patterns within BeatHawk is very much a 'hands-on' task (you play the patterns in using the pads) but these can then be easily arranged into a song structure.

Creating patterns within BeatHawk is very much a ‘hands-on’ task (you play the patterns in using the pads) but these can then be easily arranged into a song structure.

While I have a number of other drum machines apps that I use regularly, for something that offers more of a complete composition environment but in a pad-based beat/groove construction format, BeatHawk is hard to beat. Once you have spent just a short time with it, you realise just how intuitive and streamlined the user interface is. 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/US$9.99.

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    1. For me it’s more than a drum machine; some of the BeatHawk IAP instrument packs sound really good (like the Choirs, and guitars for example). Further development does continue on the app, and I can’t say much except that there is a lot more goodness to come!

    2. ConfusedKitten says:

      Well I’m a big fan of UVI too :) I use their multi sample player for one of my piano libraries (Acoustic Samples – Kawai Ex Pro) and it’s fantastic to see them represented on iOS, BeatHawk is very cool! The mind boggles as to the crazy things they might release in the future!

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