Beatmaker 2 updated – Intua bring iOS9 and iPad Pro 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 in just over a year when v.2.5.8 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 tweaks to ensure smooth operation under iOS9, improved support for the iPhone 6S generation of iPhones and an ‘iPad pro ready’ status – although I’m not quite sure what the latter actually means :-) The Audiobus support has also been updated with the latests SDK and there is a fix to the Pattern Editor that had sneaked in when v.2.5.7 was posted on Thursday last week.

BeatMaker 2 - perhaps not the profile of a Cubasis or Auria but a good feature set for iOS-based recording and a universal app to boot.

BeatMaker 2 – perhaps not the profile of a Cubasis or Auria but a good feature set for iOS-based recording and a universal app to boot.

Having given the update a quick spin on my freshly setup iPad Pro, the app seems to be working well under iOS9 and I had no specific problems in some brief testing. On their website, Intua are keen to stress that v.3 of BeatMaker is well into 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.

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, 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, for a few days only, you can pick up a copy at 50% of the usual price; just UK£7.99 can actually buy you quite a lot of DAW/sequencer :-)

BeatMaker 2


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