Sector bargain – Jonatan Liljedahl’s brilliant loop mashing app at a reduced price

Download from iTunes App Storesector logoI posted a news item yesterday about an update to the brilliant Patterning app from Olympia Noise Co. If you like to get a bit more experimental with your electronic drum pattern programming, Patterning is hard to beat.

Patterning uses samples as its sound source but, if you like to work with loops for your drum and rhythm tracks, then Sector is an equally brilliant app to go alongside patterning. I first reviewed Jonatan Liljedahl’s Sector when it was first released back in February 2014 and I was hugely impressed by what it can offer. This iOS music app is a bit of a difficult app to classify and describe but, in essence, it takes an audio loop, slices it (into ‘sectors’) and then allows you to reassemble and manipulate those sectors (slices) in various ingenious ways.

If you are the kind of person that either likes to mangle their audio loops or who just wants to extract the absolute creative maximum from every audio loop in your collection – Sector is going to be right up your street.

Sector; brilliant loop-mashing tool... and working happily under iOS9.

Sector; brilliant loop-mashing tool… and working happily under iOS9.

As I posted back in July, Sector was updated to v.1.1 bringing some new MIDI features (MIDI Clock slave mode and the ability to trigger sectors via MIDI for example) but also adding support for Audiobus Remote. The app hasn’t been updated since the release of iOS9 but, as shown in the screenshots here, it seems to be working very smoothly under the lastest version of Audiobus on my iOS9.0.2-equipped iPad Air 1 test system.

Sector is absolutely one of my favourite iOS music apps and I think it perhaps hasn’t got quite the high profile it deserves amongst the general iOS music making community. This is an iOS app that I regularly hook up (via Audiomux or Music IO) to my desktop system from my iPad but, if Jonatan ever gets around to developing a VST or AU version of the software for use on the desktop then I would buy it in a flash (even at a desktop software price).

Sector and Patterning make a formidable set of tools for the more experimental electronic drum/groove creator.... seen here both running in the latest version of Audiobus under iOS9.

Sector and Patterning make a formidable set of tools for the more experimental electronic drum/groove creator…. seen here both running in the latest version of Audiobus under iOS9.

There are plenty of other beat making/mangling applications out there but Sector is, once you dig in a little, both powerful and creative. Personally, at just UK£6.99, which was the original full price, I think this is top-notch stuff. However, Jonatan has run the occasional sale on Sector since it was released and, currently, the app is sitting at UK£5.59. I’m not sure if this is a permanent shift in the pricing or just a limited-time reduction but, even at twice the price, this is a bit of a bargain….

If you have not, at yet, taken Sector for a spin, don’t miss out. It’s deep and does take a little time to become familiar with, but it is a lot of fun. It also makes a great partner for Patterning (creative sample based drum programming) and something like Elastic Drums (synth-based drum sounds). Anyway, check out the original Sector review and details of the various updates but Sector is an absolute must for iOS beat mashers everywhere :-)

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