BeatMaker 3 updated – first significant update to v.3 of 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 a few weeks ago 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 3 – something old and plenty of things new – Intua’s latest iteration of the BeatMaker brand looks like an impressive DAW/sequencer.

However, perhaps the highlight new technology introduced in v.3 is support for AU plugin hosting. OK, this is perhaps something that almost any new iOS DAW/sequencer should now offer, but initial impressions suggest that 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 release the first significant update to v.3 over the week-end. As might be expected at this stage in the app’s development, this included a number of minor fixes and fine-tuning changes. For example, the process of soundpack restoration has been bug-fixed, while tweaks have also been applied to MIDI velocity editing, the Step Modulator, MIDI CC recording and within the AU FX screen. Equally, the handling of opening/closing AU plugin instances has been refined.

Some minor new features has also been added. Amongst these are, for example, a new MIDI Panic button within the Settings screen, the saturator effect is now included within the main FX list and BM2’s ‘auto-scale’ feature has now been integrated into BM3. All these are relatively minor but it is, of course, good to see some useful consolidation taking place so soon after the launch.

The app has a pretty full-on feature set that would fit comfortably with a number of different music making approaches.

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….  but it is great to see Intua taking such a big step forward.

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 promo videos below and then hit the App Store download button to find out more :-)

BeatMaker 3

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    1. Korg Gadget was always my favorite DAW on iOS. It has very good sounds and workflow. But I always disliked the “closed system”, not allowing to involve other plugins.

      Beatmaker 3 will change everything. I’m totally excited about its possibilities. This will be my favorite DAW in the future.

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