If you love making electronic music, you’ll love Groovebox. Enter an inspiring world of music production on your iPhone & iPad.

Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Two powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio.

Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics.

Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Included iPad mixer, note sequencer, key and scale modes let you control your sound. Build your arrangements with sections. Export your sounds easily to a laptop to produce further. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.
• Discover and build ideas - Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
• Play touchable instruments - Create your own melodies and beats
• Four powerful instruments - Drumbox, MiniMon, RetroBass and Poly-8
• Build beats - Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
• Arrange your tracks - Simple song-building using sections
• Sound innovation - Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
• Expand your sounds - Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
• Production-ready sounds - Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
• Extendable Instruments - Expose more tweakable synth controls
• Sequence your music - Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
• Stay in time and key - Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
• Share your music - Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
*Requires In-App Purchase

• Jam with others - Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
• Swing - Instantly add swing to your session.
• Ableton Export - Easily send your project to Ableton Live
• Full scale support - All keys and major, minor and modes supported
• Project management - Rename, duplicate and delete
• iPad Pro support - Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
• Send your ideas to a laptop - Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
• Bluetooth speaker supported
Groovebox is compatible with iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7/12.9, iPad Mini 2/3/4, iPod Touch 6th Generation, iPhone X, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus. Supports iOS 10 and iOS 11.

What’s New

Version 1.11

Groovebox now runs much faster than before, especially on iPad. We’ve added ‘redo’ in the pattern editor and improved how note undo/redo works behind the scenes. We’ve also improved the browser on iPhone.

If you experience any bugs in this version, please let us know at We’ll fix them super-quick, we promise!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
349 Ratings
349 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Create your own electronic music with ease.

Zabiery ,

Great App But Very Limited

I downloaded this app cause I wanted to see what it did. It was actually very good! It was a combination of Loop Drum Pads 24, beats, Garageband and your other apps! I could create psytrance, synth-pop, trap, and retro waves, some of my favorite genres that I couldn't do on any other platform before. But, like your other apps, this is very limited... I am very disappointed due to the fact that you have to pay $2 to get a different pack of drums or bass or synths or leads... I know you want money but most people don’t have that kind of money. I suggest, to keep both you and other people happy, use the Drum Pads 24 system. You could charge people ”coins” to buy them... In order to get coins, you could buy them for a certain amount depending on how much you want, or you could watch an advertisement to get coins. Ads give people tons of money, so you'll have even more money than what you're doing right now! People won’t have to pay money to get a new pack and you'll be happy with the ads! But that’a just a suggestion... But I wanna do more on this. I don’t have money so it's very irritating... Hope you understand... Keep it up! :)

orwell curiel ,

Who needs a turntable/laptop when you got Novation?

They finally did it! After using and DJing with Novation’s excellent Launchpad and Bloc Wave, both apps I’ve dumped hundreds of hours into and made hundreds of dollars in DJing, they have released a soft DAW where you can perform on Bass, Synth and Drums.

The three groups are presented with a beautiful, easy to understand GUI and you don’t even need to touch a key with midi sequences pre-loaded when you load a patch. Each expressive, unique soundpack is, once again for Novation, only $1.99 and comes with dozens of inspirational midi sequences for you to build on and you can unlock full effect features for the Synth, Bass and Drums for dirt cheap. Novation seems to really care for the low-funded DJ/Musician/Composer.

Novation makes the best music apps for iOS with the only competition being Apple’s flagship Garageband and Reason’s Figure. If you have even an inkling curiosity in making beats, melodies and basslines, do yourself a favor and download Groovebox, then download every soundpack and app from Novation and support this amazing company!

In-App Purchases

Ghost Notes
Manipulated drums for glitchy productions.
Dirty 909
A twisted collection of 909 textures.
Funk Bass
Funky basslines for groovy arrangements.
Deep Motions
Deep, uplifting chords and analogue sounds.
Corroded Leads
Disintegrated, distorted, corroded leads.
Smooth RnB
Clean RnB chords & melodies.


Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd.
47.4 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited
In-App Purchases
  1. Drum Booster Free
  2. Golden Era Bass Free
  3. Neuro Leads Free


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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