BeatMaker 3 updated – long list of tweaks for Intua’s iOS DAW/sequencer

Download from iTunes App StoreIntua’s BeatMaker has been around on the App Store in one form or another for a very long time. BeatMaker 2, despite its name, is a full-fledged music production environment and I reviewed the app a few years ago here on the blog. However, the long-awaited update to BeatMaker 3 took place in mid-July and delivered a major overhaul and some significant new features.

BeatMaker 3 is a pretty deep app – but, along with some familiar features and elements to the UI, there are also many new features and refinements to the work flow. That said, Intua have done a good job of making v.3 feel familiar to existing users while also tempting both them, and potential new users, in with additional options. While BeatMaker’s original focus was built around sample-based sounds, that evolved during the app’s continued development to embrace virtual instruments that were synth based.

BeatMaker has a vibe that suggests something that’s MPC-based…. but there is much more to the app than that.

However, perhaps the highlight new technology introduced in v.3 is support for AU plugin hosting. As regular readers here will be aware, I’m a fan of the AU format and, OK, this is perhaps something that almost any new iOS DAW/sequencer should now offer, but Intua have attempted AU support in a pretty full-on fashion for both effects and virtual instruments. The sampling engine also looks very cool while the mixing environment seems very well featured.

Audio Units plugin support is now included within BeatMaker 3.

Anyway, Intua released a further update to BeatMaker 3 today taking the app to v.3.0.3. As might be expected at this stage in the app’s development, this update includes a number of minor fixes and fine-tuning changes and there is a long list of changes in the App Store description.

For example, there is a new keyboard shortcut in the navigation bar so you can get quick access to the currently selected instrument. In addition, double keyboard mode is now available in the full-screen keyboard view. The undo/redo system has been expanded and a number of visual improvements have been made in the sample editor and audio export panels.

BeatMaker 3’s feature set is a match for all the top-end iOS DAW/sequencers.

Aside from these – and other – refinements, there are also a number of straightforward bugfixes. This is also a long list (perhaps not a surprise given just how big an update v.3 was) but it is great to see Intua paying attention to the details to ensure as smooth as possible an experience for their user-base.

The sample editing features are well-specified.

BeatMaker 3 has some pretty stiff competition in the iOS DAW/sequencer market with apps such as Garageband, Cubasis and Auria Pro, but v.3’s spec is most certainly competitive with the market leaders. Whether it can knock one of the established heavyweights off the top of the tree…? Well, we will have to wait and see….  The current price is UK£39.99/US$39.99 so it is in the same ball-park as the likes of Cubasis and Auria Pro and you can expect a feature set to match the price. Anyway, check out the videos below and then hit the App Store download button to find out more :-)

BeatMaker 3

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