Egoist update – Sugar Bytes bring new features 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). Oh, and there is also the brand new Unique (well, brand new for iOS; the desktop version has been around for some time) which I hope to do a full review of soon…..

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£28.99/US$29.99 – 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 – Sugar Bytes in full flow with their quirky groove instrument.

Anyway, Egoist has been updated to v.1.5.0 earlier this week and the update brings a number of significant new features. Perhaps the headline addition is that Ableton Link is now supported. This is great to see and means your tempo-based sequencing within Egoist can now more easily be sync’ed with what’s happening in some of your other iOS music apps. Having given this a bit of a run through this morning alongside some other Link enabled apps, it seems to be working very well.

Egoist now includes Ableton Link support…..

Link is not the only new addition though. The sequencers built into Egoist can now all operate with different tempo clock dividers. This means that, if you so wish, you can now get all polyrhythmic with the app. Sit it alongside some polyrhythmic stuff from Patterning (for example) and then hide behind the sofa – things can get both bonkers and interesting in equal measure (of unequal measure as the case may be) :-)

Ohhh…. Egoist and Patterning locked together via Link and getting all polyrhythmic :-)

Other new features include scales within the bass module, a monophonic mode for the slicer section, panning options for hi-hats, more choices in the filter and some additional new sample/preset content. This is a great update to this somewhat left-of-centre app.

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. Hit the download button to find out more via the App Store…..


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