Blocs Wave updated – Novation add Launchpad for iOS soundpack access to their loop-based music app

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, added panning and iOS10 support and, most recently, support of Ableton Live Sets export……  the rate of progress has been considerable and Novation are rapidly turning a great start into a very accomplished creative tool.

Blocs Wave - if you like working with loops, this is a great choice with a slick interface and a rapidly expanding feature set :-)

Blocs Wave – if you like working with loops, this is a great choice with a slick interface and a rapidly expanding feature set :-)

Even when I reviewed the original release, while super-impressed with what the app offered (and even more impressed now given the huge range of new features Novation have added subsequently), the one feature I (and others) thought it would be great to see is the option to ‘share’ loop packs between Blocs Wave and Launchpad. Well…  guess what? Now you can :-) Yep, v.10.0 has arrived on the App Store today (it’s already in the UK store and should be rolling out across the other territories as I type) and the headline new feature is the option to access your Launchpad for iOS soundpacks from within Blocs Wave.

Anything soundpacks buy in the Launchpad store will now also become available to you within Blocs Wave....

Anything soundpacks buy in the Launchpad store will now also become available to you within Blocs Wave….

I’ve a few additional launchpad packs that I’ve purchased and have, therefore, given the process a quick run through this afternoon. It is, however, drop-dead simple in operation as any Launchpad soundpack that you have purchased automatically appears in the ‘Discover’ section within Blocs Wave. Incidentally, Launchpad is also updated – to v.5.0 – and you will need to install this update as well to get the new functionality within Blocs Wave.

Exploring the available content within Blocs Wave now shows your Launchpad content also....

Exploring the available content within Blocs Wave now shows your Launchpad content also….

Anyway, if you have not taken the plunge with Blocs Wave as yet, then now might be just the time to give your self a treat; for a limited-time only, Blocs Wave is available at a sale price, 50% off the usual amount of UK£4.99/US$5.99. Yep, you can grab a copy of one of the most fun ways to work with loops available for iOS for just UK£2.29/US$2.99 :-) Oh, and to celebrate this new functionality, there are some bargains to be had amongst the soundpacks with up to 50% off on the various IAPs within both apps.

I must say that I really like Blocs Wave and the speed with which it is developing. And, even at the full price, 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



Blocs for iOS | Launchpad Soundpack Sharing (feat. ODESZA – Say My Name) from Blocs on Vimeo.


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    1. Darren Winter says:

      Wow – this is a fantastic feature and will really help creativity from Launchpad via Blocs into Ableton.

      • Hi Darren…. and great to see Novation continuing to push the app forward in such a friendly fashion…. best wishes, John

    2. This morning I saw that all soundpacks are 50% off.
      If you plan to use them commercially stay away from the ones with ” conditions of use”

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