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FunkBox Drum Machine

By Synthetic Bits, LLC

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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 3.6

iOS 9 update
Bug fixes
Copy/paste/clear mixer settings
Muted part names are muted on edit screen
More MIDI controls: change machine, alt switch, roll
All 12 sounds can be triggered via MIDI
Fast switch is disabled for now


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Customer Reviews

FunkBox is Da Funk!!!

It's either Funkbox or shell out $3,800 for a used Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. If you pair Funkbox with your iPad inside of the Alesis io Dock II, you'll have a very formidable virtual 808 clone with midi via din or usb, internally pannable and has roughly 20 other vintage drum sets to choose from as well...Awesome job done by these developers...I finally can recreate that 80's 808 funk sound with a very precise and stable gadget..I'd like to see pattern to song chaining and the option to record my beat with no pre-quantization and higher ppq resolution. You can even sync Funkbox to start/stop your other music apps and run arpegiators and baseline synths in-sync to it. 10-stars. 😜


This is what I've been looking for; that I couldn't find in other apps such as the joke of an app NI iMaschine v.1 and 2 and the MPC app. I can chain more than one sequence together etc. I was almost convinced that I was going to have to buy actual hardware but I can now do everything I wanted right on my phone. This is simple enough to not get discouraged. It makes sense from the first few minutes after you open it. Laid out well and there is a 40 page manual you can download to iBooks. I do industrial metal and this has a load of classic drum machines no extra downloads required.

Masterpiece App

FunkBox is a masterpiece: the more I use it the more I love it. Everything just Works and because of that the workflow is super liquid. After ages of using it I keep finding new things it can do and does better than any other app. Don't be fooled by the simplicity as that's just brilliant UI design and the stock Box (i.e. samples) are the stuff beat making dreams are made of And you can mix-and-match And import your own samples. This is a pure must-have.

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: 3.6
  • Size: 55.7 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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