Blocs Wave updated – Novation’s loop-based music app gets panned for 10

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 and improved import/export options……  the rate of progress has been considerable and Novation are rapidly turning a great start into a very accomplished creative tool.

Blocs Wave - Novation's 'other' loop-based music creation app.

Blocs Wave – Novation’s ‘other’ loop-based music creation app.

Anyway, a further update – v.8.0 – appeared on the App Store a week or so ago and another one – v.8.1 – appeared a couple of days ago. As you might expect this week, the latest update includes refinements for iOS10 compatibility. However, that’s not the only change as, sneaking in almost unnoticed (which is a bit of a shame) is the fact that Novation have added the option for panning your various sounds. OK, the app still doesn’t have what you might call a proper ‘mixing’ environment but the new pan option is very welcome, easy to use and opens up some obviously useful creative options.

Blocs Wave now includes the ability to pan your sounds across the stereo field...  see the pan control located bottom-right.

Blocs Wave now includes the ability to pan your sounds across the stereo field… see the pan control located bottom-right.

I must say that I really like Blocs Wave and the speed with which it is developing. And, with the app modestly priced at just UK£4.99/US$5.99, this is not too much of a stretch for almost anyone to take a punt with. 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. Very cool app. People who used Acid on Windows to build songs by loops, will like this app. Very easy workflow.

      • Hi Peter…. I was an Acid user back in the day…. and, yes, while the workflow is different here, it certainly appeals to the same sort of music maker. best wishes, John

    2. Panning, long in the wants list for users of Blocs Wave has finally arrived, like a breath of fresh air. More to come, according to the devs, so if you aren’t yet on word with Blocs Wave….what are you waiting for, it’s top quality.

    3. iOS music App “developer of the year”?
      They just keep adding great features to this app, and rapidly.

      • Hi Simon…. it certainly has moved forward very quickly and become an interesting musical tool…. Well worth a look. best wishes, John

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