Blocs Wave goes FREE – Novation’s loop-based music app becomes a free download

Download from iTunes App StoreBlocs wave logo 1Since launched, Novation’s Blocs Wave has moved forward at quite a pace. The app itself, like Novation’s Launchpad, is also a loop and sample-based music creation tool…   but with some feature differences that make it distinct from the LaunchPad approach.

Anyway, Novation have rapidly developed the Blocs Wave concept further and a number of updates have already appeared for the app adding new import features, Ableton Link support, new export features, the very creative Slice Mode, a song construction system based upon the new ‘Sections‘ concept, improved import/export options and added panning and iOS10 support……  the rate of progress has been considerable and Novation are rapidly turning a great start into a very accomplished creative tool.

Blocs Wave.... and note the new 'start point' cursor in the waveform display.

Blocs Wave…. with the ‘start point’ cursor in the waveform display.

Anyway, if you have not taken the plunge as yet, then now might be just the time to give your self a treat; Novation have moved Blocs wave to FREEmium status. It was a bargain at UK£4.99/US$4.99; free…..  well, that’s just a bit silly. Novation have left the basic functionality of the app intact in the new ‘free’ version but have moved a couple of features to IAP status. They are obviously hoping that a ‘try before you buy’ approach will encourage a few more iOS musicians to give the app a try without risk….  and then want to opt for the IAP content though. The two ‘feature’ IAPs include the ‘slicer’ and audio import options – both great additions to the feature set. Existing users will, of course, keep these features anyway; the change only applies to new users.

And, of course, there is also a range of loop-based content in different musical styles. These are all available at pocket money prices and well worth exploring.

Blocs wave - the 'sections' feature can be used for building more complex song structures.

Blocs Wave – the ‘sections’ feature can be used for building more complex song structures.

I must say that I really like Blocs Wave and the speed with which it is developing. Novation really do know what they are about when it comes to loop-based musical tools and, while this is not a ‘do everything’ kind of tool, like some of the very best iOS music apps, the focused feature set is a strength here rather than a weakness; it makes for a fast and efficient – and creative – workflow. Anyway, check out the original full review of Blocs Wave and the videos embedded below for more details.

Blocs Wave

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    1. I love Blocs Wave!

      My greatest wish is to have more than 6 sections, each with own key root.

      • FWIW, what I do is duplicate a project, call in name of project 2, and make changes. Both projects can then be exported in parts to Auria Pro.

    2. Not really happy with this development. I would much rather pay for added functions, etc. Blocs Wave has been a revolution for me, and led to me completing an album. I fear that the fremium model will lead to stagnation.

    3. I bought Blocs Wave on sale a few months ago, but whilst there were features I liked about it, the app is currently off my iPhone, partly as it takes up a fair amount of space.

      I can see how the “Sections” feature would help someone using BW in a live performance scenario. Personally, I would prefer to see the introduction of something more like a typical drum-machine song editor, or more specifically to my mind, the “song sequencer” in Caustic. That is to say, an interface where I can assemble selections of loops on a linear timeline, and play this back as a “song” without having to switch between “Sections” manually.

      In the meantime, thanks for keeping us in the loop (sorry…) with developments in Blocs Wave – maybe one day, I’ll find space for it again…

    4. I impulsively bought this because of hype and my erroneous assumptions about its feature set. I guess I prefer composing more in the traditional sense; writing my own specific melodies/harmonies/rhythms… If frankensteining “songs” out of layers of random crap is your thing, I’m sure Blocs Wave is great.

      • Hey Bruce, I’d love to see a link to your work. I mean, it must be brilliant for you to call the professionally made Blocs Wave samples ‘random crap.’

        I recently heard an album made with heavy BW use, and other original elements, and it sounded fantastic. Neither random or crap. Anyone who wants to hear the lead track for themselves should look up ‘Margaret’s Magic Triangle by Repulse the Monkey’ on YouTube.

        What do you have to beat that, Bruce? Don’t be shy.

        • Days go by, and no word from Bruce. Probably too busy composing the next world class song.

          • Look “Zen”, I don’t jump through hoops just because an angry troll demands it. I stand by my opinion, and if you can’t handle it, you know where you can go.

      • Hi Bruce….. I’m pretty sure most of the coverage Blocs Wave has received (including here on the Music App Blog) has made it clear that this is an app for those that like to work with loop-based music. That certainly doesn’t suit everyone’s music making process but, for others, it is can be a very creative element in their overall workflow and can easily be combined with a more traditional approach…. each, of course, to their own, both in terms of how they create and the music they choose to listen too…. and, yes, if you just mix random loops together (many of which may, of their own, be very musical) then maybe you do end up with ‘random crap’…. but that’s a long way from what the best folks using this approach actually do…..

        And Zen….. please, if you want to critique someone else’s comments here…. or perhaps suggest that an alternative opinion has some merits, please try to do it without being quite so negative or personal. It’s simply not necessary to get across the point you are trying to make….. Feel free to promote the merits of a loop-based app such as Blocs Wave or of artists that do things you like with loop-based music…. but it is possible to do that without taking a dig at the musical skills of other posters here….

        Keeping things positive and polite are part of the house rules I apply on the Blog and, in the main, users stick with that so we avoid the negative flaming found on lots of internet forums/blogs music-based or otherwise.

        Thanks and very best wishes to you both…… John

        • Very wise words, John. I enjoy the friendly, constructive atmosphere in your bloc.

          • Hi Peter, thanks for that….. In the main, the folks that hang out here behave themselves pretty well and it’s not often I have to even provide a polite nudge. Given what you can read on almost any public forum on almost any topic, I think that’s a pretty remarkable thing :-) Very best wishes, John

        • Well said.
          John, I’m sorry if my critique of the app – as it relates to my creative preferences – came off as a slam of this method of making music. That was not my intention, but I probably could have crafted my message better.
          Thanks for the great site,

          • Hi Bruce…. no problem…. and thanks for the kind words in return…. always appreciated. Very best wishes, John

            • Hi John. I am happy, of course, to abide by your wishes, and will now drop the discussion. I’m sure you would agree that BW samples are not ‘random crap.’

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