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 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.
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.
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.