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”) Tom Middleton (Global Communications, Jedi Knights) and Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia), 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, No BS Brass). 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 many musicians worldwide who use it to make all sorts of different styles of music.

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 4.0 features:
The look, feel, sound and quirks of a classic vintage drum machine.
iOS 10 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 3 and Inter-App Audio to exchange live audio with other apps.

Use Ableton Link or 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 old school beats? Grab yourself some funk in a box.

What's New

Version 4.0.1

Fixed bug where Link would disconnect in the background
Fixed bug where IAA transport would appear on iPhone using AudioBus

And everything from 4.0:
iOS 10 compatible
Ableton Link support
AudioBus 3 support
Improved AB state save support
Bluetooth MIDI configuration
Change between patterns in current bank with MIDI in notes
Use MIDI CC for tap tempo
Three new drum boxes, including the Ace Rhythm FR-6
Misc bug fixes and improvements

Customer Reviews



Oh my, after messing around & spending money trying to find a decent drum machine app Ive finally found one. Easy to record, all my favourite old drum machines & transfers straight into my Djay2 & Harmonicdog DAW, perfect for on-the-go creation

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Had this since the beginning .. in those days, it struggled to keep time. Now it's rock solid sounds great and has a tiny foot print for such a well featured app.
Just short of a song mode now.



...And I don't say that about many apps. For me, the main thing that stands out is the quality and treatment of the drum samples. They are just gorgeous, in a way that I have rarely found in other apps. Fat and crisp. As for the app itself, it's just really nicely thought out, which makes it intuitive and fun to use - two of the most important attributes of any good music making app. As a long time music producer and user of hundreds of VSTs etc., it takes a lot to impress me and I have bought many other "toy" apps that disappointed me after drawing me in with exaggerated claims of quality. Yes, it's a (relatively) simple app...It's not Beatmaker or Nanostudio. It's supposed to act like an "old school" drum machine, but with extras (quite a lot, actually -especially the MIDI routing, which again, is done very nicely), but that's reflected in the price and also makes it much more direct to use, which is a good thing if that's what you're in the mood for.

The only thing that I find slightly insane is the fact that the step grid is fixed at 32 beats! I just don't understand how they possibly thought that people wouldn't want a 16 beat (1 bar) option. Am I missing something?! It's more than a minor niggle. I would marry the developers and have their babies if they put this in the next update. Or maybe just give it 5 stars.

Anyway, apart from that, I fully recommend it.


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59.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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