fluXpad launched – MoMinstruments give us a left-field take on a sample-based sequencer

Download from iTunes App Storefluxpad logo 1I posted a review of WretchUp from the Mouse On Mars development some time ago on the blog. WretchUp is most certainly a bit of a wild ride as an audio processor but, if you like to mangle audio in all sorts of unpredictable ways, and particularly if you like to do that in a performance context, then this is an app that might well appeal.

The MoMinstruments team includes Oliver Greschke (of Elastic Drums fame) but, given WretchUp’s pedigree, I think we should expect anything under the MoM banner to be a little out of the mainstream….   and that’s exactly what we have got with their latest release; fluXpad. The app has been trailer for a while and created a bit of a pre-release buzz….  but, as of today, it is actually available on the App Store and ready for download.

fluXpad - sample-based music creation by drawing :-)

fluXpad – sample-based music creation by drawing :-)

MoM describe fluXpad as a sample-based sequencer but where you ‘draw’ your pattern sequences for each sound. Multiple patterns (clips?) can be sequenced within a single project and these then triggers to create a full performance. As shown in the screenshots, given the ‘drawing’ element, the UI can look a little like a child’s sketchbook (!) but, if you check out the videos below (and once you have stopped laughing at the first one; it’s brilliant), you will soon realise the app is more than capable of creating some cool music.

In technical terms, the app requires iOS8.1 or later, is currently iPad-only, and is a 90MB download. Audiobus, IAA, MIDI sync and Ableton Link are included from the off. There are a number of demo projects to get you started and a collection of preset samples…  but you can also record your own or import samples from elsewhere. There will also be options to buy sample IAPs. The app is launched at a fairly modest UK£5.99/US$7.99.

You get options for basic editing the samples you work with in an easy-to-use format.

You get options for basic editing the samples you work with in an easy-to-use format.

I’ve only had a short while to explore fluXpad so far but it certainly encourages a somewhat different approach to the creation of music. It is novel in its own right but there are, to me, elements that would not be unfamiliar to users of an app such as Oscilab or Composer’s Sketchpad in the way you interact with the interface to create music.

Anyway, a full review will follow shortly…  but if you can’t wait for that then check out the videos below and hit the download button to find out more.

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    1. I think that’s the first time I years I’ve seen an app that I want without care of which feckin device it runs or rubs on. Deadly!

    2. A great, fun app. Looking forward to your review!

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