Vatanator update – Georgi Georiev’s streamlined drum machine gets some tweaks

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 weeks or so ago.

Vatanator - a classic drum machine in an iOS music app format.

Vatanator – a classic drum machine in an iOS music app format.

At a technical level, Vatanator is priced at UK£4.99/US$5.99, is currently iPad only, requires iOS7.1 or later and is a 125MB 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.

Vatanator includes a standard grid-based pattern editing environment and a suite of global effects.

Vatanator includes a standard grid-based pattern editing environment and a suite of global effects.

 

Anyway, the app has received an update over the week-end taking it to version 1.0.2. This includes a number of minor bug-fixes and some refinements to the UI. For iOS9 users, there are now some additional ‘swipe from the edge’ gestures for navigation. Support for AudioShare import/export has been added as has options for saving tempo and effects automation data. These are all welcome tweaks to the overall spec of the drum machine….

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. Once you have your head around the basics, then there is a very decent virtual drum machine on offer here. Here’s hoping that Georgi gets the support he needs to build on this promising start. To find out more, check out the original review and then hit the download button….

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