As 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. Chordion, Ondes and dot Melody are well worth checking out. However, as I commented when originally reviewing the app, Ben Kamen and the team at Olympia Noise Co toped the lot with their Patterning: Drum Machine. There are some fabulous iOS drum/groove apps available but Patterning is absolutely one of my favourite iOS music apps whatever category we happen to be talking about. Have you ever compiled you own ‘top 10 iOS music apps ever’ list? I have…. and Patterning would be on it.
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 is my personal ‘go to’ app for electronic beat/groove creation…..
Since its release, Olympia Noise Co have continued to raise the bar. New features have been added significant improvements in the timeline feature, MIDI mapping for remote control and, in v.1.0.6 back in December last year, Ableton Link support was added.
However, a further update back in October added Ableton Live Sets export. A few iOS music apps now include this feature (for example, Triqtraq) allowing you to export your current Patterning project as an Ableton Live Set into a standard ZIP file and then port that across to Ableton Live for further work on your desktop or laptop system. If, of course, you have access to Live in the first place… but that’s not a problem either as, if you own Patterning, you can download Ableton Live ‘Lite’ for free and make a start. Yep, I’ve tried it and it works a treat :-)
Anyway, it’s always nice to see a favourite app get some developer love and v.1.2.3 of Patterning arrived on the App Store yesterday. This brings a number of refinements. For example, the app now offers the latest Audiobus SDK (is that for v.3 of Audiobus? I don’t know….) and fine-tuning of the sync when the app is being used via IAA. However, perhaps the most notable addition is that the Ableton Live Set export now exports MIDI for MIDI enabled tracks…. OK, this will only be useful the Live users but it’s good to see in that context.
Would I love to see Patterning somehow magically appear as an AU plugin? Yes, I absolutely would. And I also 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….If you have any use for programmed drum pattern and/or electronic drum sounds, at UK£9.99/US$9.99, Patterning is a no-brainer and amazing value. Check out the original review but this is an app that is good enough to buy an iPad for….