Patterning update – Olympia Noise Co add the cloud to 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, 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 is 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…..

Patterning - brilliant iOS drum and groove machine.

Patterning – brilliant iOS drum and groove machine.

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, Ableton Link support was added.

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 :-)

Patterning now has a cloud-based system for users to share kits….

Anyway, it’s always nice to see a favourite app get some developer love and v.1.3 of Patterning arrived on the App Store today. This brings a significant new feature; cloud-based drum kit sharing. This kind of user-based sound/patch sharing is, of course, not a new concept amongst iOS music apps but it is great to see it added to an app like Patterning.

You can access the Cloud system via the Drum Kits page and a simple browser system – with various useful filter options – allows you to find, audition and then download anything that seems of interest. users can also upload their own kits for others to download. There are already a number of pretty cool kits available for download within the system and, as regular users get access to the update, I’m sure many more will appear. Anyway, the system seems to be working smoothly and its a great way to add new sounds to your app with a minimum of fuss. This is another great addition to an already brilliant iOS music app…..

You can audition and download kits very easily…..

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 and the demo videos below (including a new one on the cloud system) but, in my own opinion, this is an app that is good enough to buy an iPad for….  If this is an app you have not yet tried, there are not many Hit the download button to find out more via the App Store.

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    1. Fun new feature. Always good to get something for nothing.

    2. John I couldn’t agree with you more. Developer Ben Kaman is what every iOS developer should be: dedicated to having a thriving product & open to suggestions to achieve that end. This Cloud Kits addition has already taken off and it is another bonus to an already 5 star app. I try to temper the hyperole when talking about apps but the really extraordinary ones (this one, Auria Pro, DrumPerfect, Moog Model 15, etc.) deserve the acclaim. I wish any iOS Music Production skeptics really looked at apps like Patterning to see this community and way of working is no joke.

    3. John I couldn’t agree with you more. Developer Ben Kaman is what every iOS developer should be: dedicated to having a thriving product & open to suggestions to achieve that end. This Cloud Kits addition has already taken off and it is another bonus to an already 5 star app. I try to temper the hyperole when talking about apps but the really extraordinary ones (this one, Auria Pro, DrumPerfect, Moog Model 15, etc.) deserve the acclaim. I wish any iOS Music Production skeptics really looked at apps like Patterning to see this community and way of working is no joke.

    4. Future developments I’d really like to see in patterning are:
      1. A simple subtractive and/or FM synth voice
      2. More tracks on more powerful devices
      3. Some assignable lfos.

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