Samplebot launched – new sample-based music app from Michael Tyson/A Tasty Pixel

Download from iTunes App StoreMichael Tyson will be well known to iOS music makers. He is part of iOS history with his involvement in Audiobus and, with Loopy HD under his own A Tasty Pixel development label, he has produced one of the most iconic demonstrations of just what iOS can do in terms of creative music making.

And today (slightly ahead of schedule apparently) sees the launch of Michael’s latest iOS music app offering; Samplebot. As the title suggests, this is a sample-based music creation app but, as you might expect given Michael’s heritage, there is most certainly a looping element within it. Essentially, the app offers you multiple pads onto which you can easily record or import audio, options for trimming/editing the samples, and then, on a second ‘sequencer’ screen, the ability to control their playback along a timeline.

Samplebot – colourful and creative music composition from Michael Tyson.

This is all presented via some almost cartoon-like graphics and it’s perhaps a little less intimidating to get started with than Loopy HD. As demonstrated by the excellent introductory tutorial, this is a very accessible app that almost anyone could explore to make some music.

However, don’t be fooled by the cute graphics; under the hood there is a very useful and creative music tool on offer here. Beatboxer/looper types will love it but you can feed it with audio from any source and there are just enough features (including the ability to tempo-shift a project and have the audio time-stretched to match) to allow you to get creative without things being so complex that you get get distracted.

The sequencer allows you to construct timeline-based arrangements from your various sample pad contents.

The app also includes a range of preset rhythms to use with your ‘drum samples’ to get your compositions off to a flying start. There is also MIDI control with velocity sensitivity for triggering the sample pads in real time although this does seem to require some Loopy HD-style configuring to set it setup for use.

The app includes a number of preset rhythms/grooves to help get things started.

The app requires iOS10 or later and is universal (I tested on my iPad Air 1 this morning which I’d just updated to iOS11 and everything seemed to be working fine). Samplebot includes Audiobus and IAA support (although not AU as yet) from the off and seemed happy in both those environments so you can use the app in a wider music creation workflow should you wish (although I couldn’t find any automatic tempo syncing option at present?).

You can save/recall projects as you work on your new ideas.

Anyway, Samplebot looks like a lot of fun. I suspect the more long-standing iOS music makers might have other apps that offer them a similar style of music creation….  but Samplebot is so easy to get into that it is an attractive proposition for almost anyone. And, as it is on special launch pricing – just UK£2.99/US$2.99 – for a limited time, this is very much in the casual purchase category. Check out Michael’s brief demos of the app in action then hit the App Store download button to find out more.


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    1. This looks like great fun indeed – I think I’ll “land” myself this app! Liked the “rubber band” demo :-)

      The only feature I see missing, that I would almost pay extra for, would be Ableton Link, so I could line up Samplebot with FunkBox, Moog Model 15, etc. Hopefully that will be added before too long…

      • Yep, Link is coming, Tim! Just didn’t have time to fit it into 1.0

        • I thought it would be :-) I’ve bought Samplebot anyway – really enjoying experimenting with it already, and I have a feeling I’ll be using SB on a future project or three!

    2. The developer said this today: “MIDI and Link, coming soon – I just didn’t have time to squeeze them into v1.0”.

    3. I wonder what has happened to development of Loopy Masterpiece…

      • I’m still toiling away!! Turns out.. it’s a big app ;-) But Samplebot is based on the same code, so all work on Samplebot is work on Loopy Pro, too.

    4. Easily worth the 3 bucks just for the built in tutorial. ;-)

    5. Well, bought it, played with it and…
      It is Crap I’m afraid.
      Excellent app for 1-8 year old…
      WTF happened to Loopy Masterpiece..?!

    6. How about allowing to adjust the pitch in the Sample Editor?
      AU version would be awesome as well.

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