Egoist update – Sugar Bytes apply some tweaks to their brilliant iOS groove instrument

Download from iTunes App StoreEgoist logoSugar Bytes have built quite a fan base amongst iOS musicians with apps such as Effectrix (a step-based multi-effects sequencer), Turnado (real-time multi-effects), Thesys (a very powerful step-sequencer plugin) and Cyclop (their mono/bass synth instrument). Their other headline app – Egoist – which I reviewed when it was released, caused quite a stir and, if you are into electronic music production combining sliced loops, bass grooves and drum beats, the app ought to be right up your street.

While Egoist will not be the cheapest iOS music app you ever buy – it is currently listed at UK£22.99 – is is still a pretty good deal when you consider it offers all the functionality of the desktop version and that has a list price of US$99/€99. As well as super-easy drum and bass part sequencing using a pattern based approach, and a generous dollop of creative effects, you also get the rather excellent – and hugely creative – beat slicing options.

Egoist; loop slicing, bass and beat groove-box all in a very streamlined and creative workflow

Egoist; loop slicing, bass and beat groove-box all in a very streamlined and creative workflow

Anyway, just as with a number of the other Sugar Bytes apps listed above, Egoist was given a post-iOS9 update club when v.1.0.10 arrived on the App Store about 10 days ago. This worked smoothly enough but did have a particular ‘feature’ that I’m sure Sugar Bytes had not intended; while you could load full Egoist presets without any issues, if you just attempted to load one of the supplied audio loops into an existing project, when opened, the sample selection panel appeared blank.

As might be expected, Sugar Bytes have been pretty quick off the mark to rectify this and v.1.0.11 has arrived on the App Store today. Having given this a brief run through the app itself appears to be working as slickly as ever and, thankfully, that particular ‘feature’ (yep… bug) has now been suitably squashed; you can now load samples again as intended. The App Store description simply states ‘various bug fixes’ so there may well be a number of other minor (less obvious) tweaks that have also been applied to this release.

As ever, Sugar Bytes have bought their own particular slant to the whole beat-slicing/groove workstation concept and, while there are other apps that perhaps fulfil a similar role, you always know you are in for an interesting ride – and something just a bit different – from Sugar Bytes. Egoist lives up to that expectation. It is a brilliant ‘ideas quick’ tool and, if you are into electronic or dance music styles, is well worth exploring. Check out the original full review here….  but Egoist comes highly recommended.


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