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BeatMaker 2: the most advanced mobile music workstation.

Combining music production tools that were behind the success of countless artists, BeatMaker 2 is a powerful, easy-to-use composition interface for amateurs and professionals alike.

Build your own virtual home-studio, create multiple instruments and connect them to a full-range of audio effects.
Compose, record, arrange and transform your ideas into complete songs, ready to be shared with others.

Import your own sounds or use the sound library provided: more than 170 high-quality instrument and drum presets from synthesizers to realistic orchestral sounds. You can even import songs from your iPod library!

Connect your MIDI accessories for an external control of BeatMaker's instruments, effects and mixer, ideal for home-studio productions and live performances. Compatible with audio interfaces with the Camera Kit (iPad only).

Works on all iPhone, iPod and iPad models starting with third generation devices (iPhone3GS, iPod3G 32GB, iPhone 4/4S/5, all iPads).

- Create multiple instruments with Drum Machine, Keyboard Sampler, Audio Tracks
- 11 effects: Reverb, Compressor, Filter, Delay, EQ, Flanger, Chorus, AutoPan, BitCrusher, Overdrive, 6-Band Parametric EQ
- 3 effect slots for each instrument
- CoreMIDI support: connect your MIDI accessories to control instruments, effects and mixer.

- 128 trigger pads: 16 pads over 8 banks
- Chop Lab: Slice audio loops to automatically create new sound presets
- Control sound parameters on individual pad: volume, pan, mute, output bus, semitone, fine tune, reverse and autoscaling
- Low/high pass filter per pad
- Pad trigger modes: one-shot, hold & loop
- ADSR Envelope ADSR control for each pad
- Exclusive groups and polyphony management
- "Live" modes: trigger, mute, reverse, velocity and tune spreading.
- Pad copy & paste

- 128-key keyboard with pitch wheel, double keyboard mode, note display and zoom controls
- Easily create your own instruments from any sample combination with the keygroup editor
- Volume and filter ADSR envelopes
- Low/high pass filter with key tracking
- 2 LFOs to control volume, pitch and filter parameters
- Polyphony control, up to 32 voices
- Legato play mode with glide
- Velocity layers

- Add audio tracks for recording and sample playback directly on the sequencer
- Record multiple audio tracks simultaneously
- Gain and noise gate on audio inputs
- Support for disk streaming to load samples without consuming RAM

- Create unlimited instrument, audio and FX tracks
- Automations: Record, edit and replay instrument and effect parameters
- Record, draw, arrange and resize patterns along the timeline to build your song
- Compose and modify patterns with a piano-roll interface. Edit notes, parameters and automations.
- Instrument and effect recording options: Quantize, take or partial undo, pre-roll, Overdub, note erasing.

- Full-fledged wave editor with intuitive interface for manipulating samples
- Basic edition tools: trim, cut, copy, paste, with undo/redo
- High quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms
- Audio tools: normalize, silence, reverse, fade in and out, cross-fade
- Record new samples from microphone or instruments
- Loop points and tempo/signature editor

- Realistic multi-track mixer with level meters
- Edit volume, pan, solo, mute and bus routing features for each track
- Four sends available for each instrument/audio tracks


- MIDI files import/export
- MIDI Out, Sync, Thru support
- Virtual MIDI support
- Korg's WIST support
- Transfer files from/to your computer via iTunes or FTP
- Import songs from your iPod library to create new remixes
- Upload songs to your SoundCloud account
- DropBox support
- Share audio content via iOS pasteboard

What's New in Version 2.5.4

- Fix a problem with iOS 5.x


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Customer Reviews

Really nice daw for ios.

I got this for $4.99, when it dropped on sale. I wouldn't have bought any app for $20. Now that I have it, though, I'm glad. It has great sounds, the UI is good, and it is very flexible. I can make files, mix them down, or keep them separate, and then drop them into dropbox in-app. It makes workflow very smooth and easy.
I love the chop shop. The ability to take a sample, chop it, and then put the samples across the pads in a few short steps is VERY nice.
I will say that I wish the saved data would be overwritten with each successive save. You will end up having to go back and delete a lot of save files because if the way that saving is handled.
The effects are really good. It's not very difficult at all to make them sound useable.
The ability to record full audio tracks is also very welcome. You can record guitar, bass, drums, etc.
Overall, a great music app on ios. If you're a cheapskate, like me, you can wait until this app goes on sale or get Nanostudio when it's on sale. Or get Sun Vox, which is always $5.99. The UI on Sun Vox is crazy, though. You'll have to hope that you don't give up on it before you figure it out.
There are a lot of great music apps on the App Store, but Beatmaker 2 is definitely in the top 3. I give it 4.5 stars (but I had to put 5).

Update my review.

I'll change my review on BM 2:
After spend more time to explore in BM 2, I think I should change my negative review to positive. I thought the whole structure of BM2 was a mess, it is still true, I stand by that. What I want to change is the drum machine and sampler and sample editing functions in BM2 are enough worth the money I spent. After I copied 500MB drum samples in BM2, the BM2 became a real Beat Maker. Much better than DM1, I tried to do the same thing, but DM1 cannot handle even 100 samples, let lone 2700 samples. BM2 handles those samples very easily. You just copy all the samples into BM2 (with folders), and you can browse all the samples in drum machine very smoothly. Not a fully functional drum machine but a closest one. Kudos!
If in future the dev could support AudioCopy and IAA record into drum machine and sampler, all would be much better.
I rate 4 star because I wish the dev could reduce the size of the app (get rid of all of the factory samples). Lots of people are using 16GB iPad, 700MB of factory samples is not a small problem, especially when you don't need all those samples. The dev should really consider this seriously.

dropping rating in protest... :-{

Love BeatMaker 2... I think it's great. EXCEPT:

-Intua staff support on their website forum is VERY BAD. it is the WWW version of being stranded alone in the desert. They need to take care of their loyal customers on their forums. It will keep us all coming back for more...
-The mixer needs improvement. The sliders are too short. This complaint has been submitted by several people, but Intua doesn't acknowledge it, yet alone fix the problem. Should be an easy fix!
-MOST IMPORTANTLY: the file management system in BeatMaker 2 isn't functional!! My copy has bloated to over 4 GB, due to the inefficient storage of audio clips in the app. It is nearly impossible to reduce this, I find, because when I try to save song as new file w/ samples, the sample connections become broken and I waste all my music making time trying to sort out the problem. This single problem is driving medium and advanced level users away from BM2 in droves! This problem needs to be fixed immediately...

Without these problems, I would give BM2 10 stars!

BeatMaker 2
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $19.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2013
  • Version: 2.5.4
  • Size: 539 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: INTUA

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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