Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co raise the bar again with their brilliant iOS drum machine app

Download from iTunes App StorePatterning logo 2As most regular Music App Blog readers will be aware, I’m a bit of a fan of what developer Olympia Noise Co do with their iOS music apps. ChordionOndes and dot Melody are well worth checking out. However, as I commented when originally reviewing the app back in August, Ben Kamen and the team at Olympia Noise Co toped the lot with their most recent release; Patterning: Drum Machine.

If you have not yet read the full Patterning review or tried the app for yourself, then don’t miss out. Patterning is – quite simply – brilliant; beautiful to look at, so very clever in terms of the programming options and, as far as I’m aware, unique as a drum/rhythm programming environment (iOS or desktop). This was absolutely one of my favourite releases in 2015 and it still remains a ‘go to’ app for electronic beat/groove creation. ….

Patterning - brilliant iOS drum and groove machine.

Patterning – brilliant iOS drum and groove machine.

As I posted earlier today, the app has just gone of its best ever sale; you can pick up a copy for half the usual price at a very silly UK£3.99/US$4.99. This is just an unbelievable bargain for what is simply one of the best iOS music apps I’ve ever had the pleasure to use….  It’s for a limited time though so hit the download button and get in there quickly….

And the reason for the sale? Well, v.1.1 has just arrived on the App Store. Alongside the usual under-the-hood tweaks (in this case, some stability improvements, UI adjustments for the iPad Pro (on which it looks fabulous) and some improvements to the pitch-shirt algorithm), there are also a number of significant new additions to the feature set.

Patterning now includes a very flexible system for audio export including options for rendering individual tracks for each drum channel.

Patterning now includes a very flexible system for audio export including options for rendering individual tracks for each drum channel.

For example, Patterning now includes a fully configurable audio export system. The highlight for me here is the option to export audio files for each track separately as a single action process; if you want to use patterning as a loop generator but then mix elsewhere (for example, your favourite DAW) then that is now a much easier proposition. As I often use patterning as an ‘ideas generator’ on my iPad, and then move those ideas over to either Cubasis or Cubase for further work, this really is a big deal….

I have not yet tried all the options this provides but it does include with pattern or song export and I had no problems getting these separate audio files out of patterning, into iTunes File Sharing and then off into Cubase on my desktop system. Until Olympia Noise Co do the decent thing (OK, so the thing I;d like them to do!) and turn Patterning into a VST plugin, this is a process I can live with :-) Joking aside….  this is a very welcome workflow enhancement.

The export options make it easy to move Patterning's audio off to other destinations.

The export options make it easy to move Patterning’s audio off to other destinations.

A further significant addition is in terms of MIDI mapping. It’s now possible to a range of performance elements of the app from a connected MIDI controller. This does, of course, include pattern changes (yay!) and things like mixer controls. With a suitable MIDI controller, you could easily have hands-on control of patterning and this would be great in a ‘live’ performance context. MIDI mapping configurations can be saved as part of a song but then also imported into another song so, if you use the same mapping configuration repeatedly, this is easy to configure once and then reuse. There is a MIDI Learn option now included in the top-strip menu and I had no problems getting this to work with my external MIDI keyboard.

You can assign almost any parameters to an external MIDI controller using the MIDI Learn feature.

You can assign almost any parameters to an external MIDI controller using the MIDI Learn feature.

There are also some enhancements to the Song screen making song creation a whole lot easier. This includes a ‘reset rotation’ option which might get you out of some rhythmic madness if you like to use odd-meter patterns a lot in your compositions. Other additions include new features in terms of MIDI output and refinements to the all the various sync options. This includes a re-write of the MIDI Clock sync engine.

Pattern can also be assigned... and shown here where MIDI notes are being used to trigger different patterns.

Patterns can also be assigned… and shown here where MIDI notes are being used to trigger different patterns.

What else? Well, Patterning now offers individual audio outputs when used via IAA so you could, for example, send each track to a different channel within AUM. I had no problems setting this up and, again, it offers you additional flexibility in terms of getting your patterning audio where you want it to be whatever the specific workflow you like to operate.

The Song screen has also had an overhaul with some very useful additional options added to speed up the song creation process.

The Song screen has also had an overhaul with some very useful additional options added to speed up the song creation process.

I’m not the only one who thinks this is a brilliant piece of software…. the app has won a ‘runner up’ award in the App Store Best of 2015 list. That’s a pretty big deal in itself and must have raised the profile of the app considerably. This latest update simply makes an already excellent app even better….

If you have any use for programmed drum pattern and/or electronic drum sounds, at UK£7.99, Patterning is a no-brainer…. but at the sale price of UK£3.99/US$4.99 it’s amazing value. Check out the original review but this is an app that is good enough to buy an iPad for…. I just wish there was a VST version for my desktop system as I would buy it in a flash. Patterning is top notch stuff and recommended without any reservations….

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    Comments

    1. Holotropik says:

      Wow! Those are some very impressive updates!! Just made this app an epic :-)

    2. Patterning is simply the best app in its class. Others are very worthy, and several are worth buying. But this one is the daddy.

    3. Erik Blokpoel says:

      Awesome app. Just tried out the multiple file export via itunes file sharing: works well indeed. I am just trying to figure out how to best incorporate this app in my work flow (Cubase on pc).
      I am thinking of getting an Iconnect audio interface to sync it to my daw. But that will only put the main mix as a stereo track in my Cubase mixer right? Probably not separate tracks. But at least it syncs while composing. I could than after the song is finished export the different tracks via audio sharing. Getting there slowly, but still not ideal. Wondering if anyone has any other ideas!
      Cheers

      Erik

    4. Amazing app, now with easy, smooth workflow for recording. A must buy.

    5. Awesome! I bought this on your repeated enthusiastic recommendations last night when it went on sale. Was blown away… then after the updates this morning.. can’t believe I’ve resisting this one so long.

      Incredible app. Thx!

    6. This app is fabulous!! Thanks for the recommendation.

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