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 has been kind enough to provide me with five copies of Vatanator SX to giveaway to readers here at the Music App Blog. As usual with the giveaways I run on the blog, the deal is simple; get your name in the hat and see if it gets pulled out.
You can enter the draw in one of two ways.
- First, if you just want to enter this draw, then use the Contact Us page to leave your details before 10 pm (GMT) on Monday, March 13th, 2017. Make sure to enter ‘Vatanator SX’ in the message subject line.
- Alternatively, if you want to get included in this – and every future promo code giveaway run on the site – then sign up for the Music App Blog email list before the deadline. All members of the list will automatically be entered in every draw. You can sign up here and, as a bonus for signing up, you also get a copy of the Music App Blog’s ‘25 iOS music apps to get you started‘ guide. And if you are already signed up for the email newsletter, then consider yourself entered :-)
As soon as I can organise after entries close, I’ll draw a suitable number of names at random from all those entered. I’ll then notify the lucky winners by email and include the necessary promo code. I’ll also post a list of the winners here. If you are one of the lucky ones, do make sure to use the code ASAP – iTunes Redeem Codes generally have a relatively short life span once they have been issued.
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…. and, if you like the idea of perhaps winning a copy of Vatanator SX for yourself, then get you name in the hat :-)