I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps for the blog over the last few years. These comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and, within any iOS musician’s app collection, there is most certainly room for a number of these tools as, across the whole range, they offer different features, functions and approaches to working.
One recent release in this category is Vatanator. This is the first app by developer Georgi Georgiev and I did a full review of the app on the blog soon after it was released. Vatanator is priced at UK£5.99/US$5.99 and is iPad only. However, in December, Georgi also released Vatanator SX – a dedicated iPhone version of the app – priced at just UKF4.99/US$4.99. This offers all the same features and sounds but with a dedicated UI (based upon the same graphical look) built for the more compact iPhone screen format.
I never quite got around to doing a full review of Vatanator SX but, suitably nudged by Georgi, I’m more than happy to give the app some coverage as, like the iPad version, it really is rather good. Indeed, the design on the iPhone is really well organised and, if you are looking for a sample-based beat creation tool to keep in your pocket at all times, Vatanator SX is most certainly well worth a look.
I’d added a few extra screenshots here just to give a flavour of the interface…. but this includes a series of tabbed screen that allow you to access the various elements of the app such as the trigger pads, step/pattern sequencer, effects section (with options here for XY modulation pads for real-time control), mixer section, song construction, sample editing (including import) and settings options all present and correct.
In terms of operation, tweaks to the UI aside, SX is very much like its iPad sibling so feel free to check out the original Vatanator review for some further details; the bulk of what;’s there applies to the SX version also. I’d have the same conclusion also; this is a very cool drum machine app with an easy to grasp workflow and plenty of sonic potential. On a technical level, both apps requires iOS7.1 or later. Audiobus, IAA and Ableton Link are included as is MIDI support and a comprehensive MIDI Learn system.
Anyway, Georgi was been kind enough to provide me with five copies of Vatanator SX to giveaway to readers here at the Music App Blog. The draw closed yesterday and the winning names were pulled out of the hat this afternoon….. and the winners are:-
All the winners have now been sent an email with the details of how to get hold of their prizes. Incidentally, if you do appear as a winner in one of these giveaways and you don’t seem to have seen an email from me with the promo code details, then do make sure you check in your junk, trash or spam folders just in case your email system has ‘filed’ the message there :-)
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If you are looking for a solid, easy-to-use, beat making machine that won’t get in your way or distract you from the core task, then Vatanator and Vatanator SX have a lot going for them at a very competitive price. Once you have your head around the basics, then there is a very useable virtual drum machine on offer here. To find out more, check out the review linked to above and hit the download button….