fluXpad update – MoMinstruments update their 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 but the team have more recently released fluXpad which the MoM team describe as a sample-based sequencer.

This does come with a typical Mom twist however; 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 - sample-based music creation by drawing :-)

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

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. There will also be options to buy sample IAPs. The app has been launched at a fairly modest UK£5.99/US$7.99.

I’ve have not yet got around to a full review (it’s on its way) of fluXpad but hope to put that right next week….  However, in the meantime, MoM have released an update taking the app to v.1.0.5. This brings a number of minor bugfixes but also a couple of more significant changes. First, behind the scenes, MoM are preparing to open the fluXpad store….  and, while it isn’t open for business just yet, there will be some new projects and samples that are made available soon.

fluXpad now allows you to toggle on/off the MIDI-based tempo sync to avoid any potential clashes with Ableton Link.

fluXpad now allows you to toggle on/off the MIDI-based tempo sync to avoid any potential clashes with Ableton Link.

Second, the app now has a MIDI settings screen. This is still a pretty simple affair but it does allow the user to turn off MIDI-based sync. This will be useful for those also using Ableton Link as some users have reported problems with both running at the same time.

Anyway, a full review will follow shortly…  but, if you fancy a punt with fluXpad, check out the videos below and then hit the download button to find out more.

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