BeatMaker 2 updated – Intua bring Ableton Link support – and on SALE

Download from iTunes App StoreBeatmaker 2 logoIntua’s BeatMaker 2 music app that, despite its name, is a full-fledged music production environment and I reviewed the app a couple of years ago here on the blog. Intua have obviously been continuing work on the app – and it has a loyal following – but they are not one of the developers that pump out regular updates. However, the app did receive its first significant update since June when v.2.6.1 arrived on the App Store over the week-end.

There are a number of more minor tweaks and additions plus the usual round of bug fixes, etc. in the update but the headline changes are that the Audiobus support has been updated with the latest SDK and yay! – Ableton Link support has been added. Link really has been a massive success under iOS over the last 12 months or so and we are getting to the stage where it really should be considered an ‘essential’ feature for app iOS music apps that uses tempo-based features for its operation.

BeatMaker 2 hosting Patterning via IAA…. and note the big ‘Link’ button :-)

Having now had a chance to give the update a quick spin on my iPad Pro test system, the app seems to be working well and I had no specific problems in some brief testing. The Ableton Link support seemed to be operating smoothly and I was, for example, able to sync the tempo of Patterning to the host project via Ableton Link.

Patterning was quite happy to sync tempo with BeatMaker 2 via Ableton Link…..

On their website, Intua are keen to stress that v.3 of BeatMaker is still in development. There is no fixed timeline available as yet but, given the significant changes and/or development made in iOS music technology over the the last year or so, it will be interesting to see whether v.3 is incremental or evolutionary….  Anyway, it is into the beta testing phase apparently.

For now, however, you can read the full review of BeatMaker 2 if you want to find out more about Intua’s music app. It has perhaps been a little overshadowed by some of the more high-profile competition such as Garageband, Cubasis and Auria Pro, but it has been around on the App Store for a long time and has a dedicated fan base. It’s a very capable recording environment and its good to see Intua moving it forward and with a promise that v.3 is on its way. And, at present, you can pick up a copy at 50% of the usual price; just UK£7.99/US$9.99 can actually buy you quite a lot of DAW/sequencer :-)

BeatMaker 2

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