Vatanator update – Georgi Georiev’s streamlined iOS drum machine gets new features

Download from iTunes App Storevatanator logo 1I’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 a few of months or so ago. Like the very interesting and promising Quantiloop, or the well-established, midiSequencer, Vatanator’s UI design leans very much on the familiar ‘hardware design recreated in software’ and one of the key appeals of this approach is that it does make the software feel very approachable…  even if, under the hood, there is actually some very deep features to be had that could not perhaps be implemented in a traditional hardware product.

Vatanator gets an update… and note the XY Pads button just above the top-left drum pad….

At a technical level, Vatanator is priced at UK£5.99/US$5.99, is currently iPad only, requires iOS7.1 or later and is a 180MB download. Audiobus, IAA and Ableton Link are included as is MIDI support and a comprehensive MIDI Learn system. The design ethos between Vatanator seems to be set to strike a balance between a streamlined feature set (so the app is easy to learn/use) but with enough MIDI functionality to make it flexible.

The new XY Pads give you real-time control over the app’s effects.

Anyway, the app has received a further update yesterday taking it to version 1.1.0. This includes a number of minor bug-fixes but there are also some useful new features. These include support for Bluetooth MIDI, a dedicated button to clear a pattern when editing, the option to adjust the starting point of a sample, a per instrument low pass filter , a new ring modulation effect and an update to the Audiobus SDK. However, perhaps the highlight new option is XY pads to control the effects that include control from suitable external MIDI hardware. Having given the update a bit of a run through this morning, these new features seem to be working well…  and the XY pads, while a familiar concept in lots of iOS music apps, are a very welcome addition for real-time sound tweaking.

Vatanator’s Steps page now includes a useful button to quickly clear the whole pattern.

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 has a lot going for it at a very competitive price….  and this update simply makes it even better value. Once you have your head around the basics, then there is a very decent virtual drum machine on offer here. There is, of course, also an iPhone version – Vatanator SX – if you need a more compact format. To find out more about Vatanator, check out the original review and then hit the download button….


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