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FunkBox Drum Machine

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Funkbox contains all your favorite vintage drum machine sounds in one funky quirky little app! FunkBox is a full featured drum machine that you can use to compose, record and play your songs live. It has been used in the studio by electronic artists such as Gorillaz (on their album “The Fall”) and Tom Middleton (Global Communications, Jedi Knights), and also by alternative/indie musicians such as tUnE-yArDs, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA), Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), and Reggie Pace (Bon Iver). It's also been used on stage by rock/pop musicians such as Joan Osborne and Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) live in concert. Its quirky vintage sounds, ease of use and advanced features have made it popular with tons of musicians who have used it to make all sorts of different styles of music worldwide.

FunkBox was featured in Computer Music Magazine's "Amazing Music Apps" special issue and Electronic Musician magazine's "Attack of the Killer Apps" best music tools for the iPad.

FunkBox 3.5 features:
The look, feel, sound and quirks of a classic vintage drum machine.
iOS 8 compatible, iPhone 5 retina graphics compatible, iPad retina graphics compatible.

Universal app that works great on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Buy it once and you can use it on all your iOS devices.
Fourteen classic boxes to choose from, including favorites like the 808, 909, CR-78, LM-2, MRK-2, DX, TOM, and more.

Create your own custom boxes by mix and matching preset samples, or even import and use your own custom samples.
Includes 36 preset rhythm patterns, plus several more bonus banks. Easily edit the included patterns to create your own beats.

Export your drum loops as audio or midi via email, audio pasteboard, or the iTunes folder.
Easily share your custom boxes and patterns via email with your friends, or between your devices.
Use Audiobus and Inter-App Audio to exchange live audio with other apps.

Use CoreMIDI to sync up with “real” music equipment or other music apps, multi-tasking in the background or on other nearby iOS devices.

Use the bonus MIDI bass sequencer to play a bassline along with your beat using another iOS app or a “real” hardware synth!

…and lots more. Need some beats? Grab yourself some funk in a box.

What's New in Version 3.5

Updated for iOS 8 compatibility.
Updated with latest AudioBus library, which is required for iOS 8. AB now requires iOS 7+, so FunkBox does also. Devices using older iOS versions can still download and use FunkBox 3.4, which uses the older AB library and is iOS 5.1 - iOS 7 compatible.
Added Audiobus state save of current MIDI routing configuration. This can be turned off via the Settings app.
Added new roll option that will queue up the first hit so it always plays in time, instead of immediately playing it. This option can be turned on via the Settings app.
Added missing LM-2 tambourine and conga sounds to the sample library.
Fixed some minor bugs.

We are still working on additional features for a future release, this update was primarily for iOS 8 and AudioBus compatibility. Thanks for your support!


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Customer Reviews

Go To Drum App

I have a lot of drum apps but this is almost always the one I use. I use virtual MIDI a lot and FunkBox is great. Furthermore, its "Bonus Bass Line Sequencer" is fantastic. It seems natural to me to compose my bass and drums together. The only thing I would like is the ability to tie steps together in the baseline for longer note values. However, your bass synth can do that if you turn off retrigger when in monophonic and/or set some long sustain and release times.

Some have complained about FunkBox' MIDI but that is not an issue. FunkBox just doesn't go on stand-by very gracefully. If you let your iPad fall asleep, or leave FunkBox in the background too long with no MIDI input, it needs to be kick-started. Activate it, start and stop it, and start sending it MIDI again. If the bass line app stops responding you may have to tickle its MIDI settings. A little cumbersome but no issue when you know what's happening.

Nice but unnecessarily limited?

This is an outstanding drum machine. Very well thought out with lots of essential features to allow it to interface with other audio apps and gear. However, I don't understand the needless limitation to allow only 8 drum parts when 12 are available -- or at the very least, let us select which 8 we want to use instead of forcing to choose between RS or CL, LT and CP, etc. What if I want a pattern with High Tom and Cow Bell? Can't do it -- have to choose one or the other.

Simple great sounding drum machine

I know it's not a fully featured drum machine but it has all the sample packs you'd really want and enough controls to make some decent beats. It's been really helpful for songwriting, and merged with a few other apps you can basically make hip hop backing tracks all on your phone. This is the best drum machine app I've found!

FunkBox Drum Machine
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 3.5
  • Size: 44.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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