Groovebox updated – all-in-one EDM music app gets MIDI support

Download from iTunes App StoreAmpify (born from Novation) have a good crop of iOS music apps including the excellent Blocs Wave, Launchpad and, added more recently, Groovebox. The latter has been around for just a few months and provides an EDM music production platform that combines a drum machine and synth engines into an all-in-one music production environment. It is also a free download – so you can try before you buy – and with an IAP-based model for unlocking more advanced features if you think the app is for you once you have tried it.

Groovebox – a very cool – and very capable – all-in-one EDM music production sketch pad once you take the plunge with the instrument expansion IAPs.

You get a drum machine plus two different synth engines – one designed for bass sounds and another for melodic parts – and up to eight instruments can be used at any one time from whatever combination of these three types you wish…  with basic mixing features provided. Ableton Link and Export are supported as is Audiobus and IAA. The app is also universal and requires iOS10. If I had to sum the app up in simple terms, it’s kind of like Figure but on steroids; that’s a good thing by the way :-)

You can now opt for a full chromatic keyboard layout if you prefer…. of use an external MIDI keyboard :-)

Anyway, a further update appeared yesterday taking the app to v.1.4. Aside for the usual round of minor tweaks and fixes, the update adds some useful new features. For example, the undo feature has been improved. However, the highlight addition is MIDI support. You can now hook up a suitable external MIDI keyboard (Bluetooth MIDI is also supported) and a chromatic on-screen keyboard is now available. Yep, you can now play the internal instruments and full octave pattern editing is now available.

There have been some useful tweaks to the grid editor in this update also.

Having given the update a quick spin with my own external MIDI keyboard connected, all seems to work well. You can, of course, record your pattern via the external keyboard if you prefer that method of note entry. You can, both in the pattern editing screen, and on the instrument screens, now select a full chromatic display (for editing or keyboard layout) as well as the previous scale-steps based layouts.

As a ‘try me free’ app, you have nothing to loose by giving it a shot. Like Figure, Groovebox is great for getting some quick EDM-style ideas going….  but Groovebox’s feature set perhaps lets you take those further than Figure….  And if you like the approached offered, those IAPs that open up the functionality of the virtual instruments are actually very good and open up a lot of extra sonic options. Anyway, watch the demo video below and then hit the App Store download button to find out more.


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    1. Superb app, getting better all the time. MIDI out, please, and a Scenes mode.

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