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

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

I love this app. Needs one more feature.


Over all this is a nice drum machine app. User friendly. Nice authenticity. Stable.

There's one feature that would just make it perfect. Drum pitch and tuning. Being able to Automate that would make it even better!

Simple and reliable


If you like the sounds of well known drum machines of the past(and slightly present), this is the perfect jamming app for it. Syncs to midi very well too.

Favorite iOS App of All Time


I was seriously researching hardware drum machines for purchase. Having an iPad on stage isn't my idea of cool. But -- this app sounds so great, is so easy to program and navigate, and contains such a wealth of samples, it's impossible for me to deny it's absolutely the right tool for my humble rock and roll duo. Connect a cheap Akai LPD8 with a lightning cable and you've got an amazing sounding, totally versatile drum machine for use onstage as you play your set for bartender and bouncer! Totally stable once it's up and running.

Improvement suggestions: 1. Sometimes on iPad Air2 with iOS 10 I need to restart the iPad to get any sound out of Funkbox, even though other audio apps will work. Not sure why this is happening. 2. The tap tempo feature is nice, but I'd love an option to input exact numerical value for tempo with the keyboard. The tempo slider is way too fiddly -- gets you in the ballpark, but you often need to press the tiny + or - buttons ten or twenty times to get your exact BPM.

Thanks for making my favorite iOS app of all time. Just a treasure!


Synthetic Bits, LLC
59.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Synthetic Bits LLC


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