fluXpad update – MoMinstruments add some tweaks to their left-field take on a sample-based sequencer

Download from iTunes App Storefluxpad logo 1I posted a full review of fluXpad when it was first released and it is perhaps most easily summarised as a sample-based sequencing environment. Of course, at it is from the Mouse On Mars team, fluXpad does come with a typical MoM twist; 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.

fluXpad - not your average sequencing environment :-)

fluXpad – not your average sequencing environment :-)

In technical terms, the app requires iOS8.1 or later, is currently iPad-only, and is a 98MB 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. The app currently priced at a fairly modest UK£8.99/US$8.99.

The Sampler Settings panel allows you to select, import, record and – in basic ways at least – edit the samples associated with each of the seven fluXpad instruments in your project.

There have been a few updates already since launch and have added an in-app Store feature which offers new kits/projects including one free option and the others are priced starting at an also modest UK£0.99/US$0.99; if you are already a convert to the fluxPad way of music creation, then acquiring some interesting new content is hardly going to break the bank.

You get seven patterns in a project and you can create those patterns via the ‘draw your music’ approach in the main panel.

Anyway, a further update arrived on the App Store yesterday. This takes the app to v.1.0.8. It adds tweaks to the store to include a ‘restore purchases’ option but, on the more creative side, now includes options for variable sequence lengths and the ability to apply scales and note ranges to all sequences at the same time. As bonkers as it looks (and is), fluXpad is also both a lot of fun and a somewhat unconventional musical ride. If that sounds like the kind of experience you might enjoy, then read the original full review of the app here, check out the videos below and then hit the download button to find out more.



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