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 1.8.2

Today there’s a new member of the Groovebox synth family. MiniMon is a contemporary, cutting-edge synth for punchy bass riffs and rich detailed leads. MiniMon's powerful wavetable modulations generate a broad spectrum of inspiring sounds. The free MiniMon Essentials 1 soundpack includes 20 presets and over 100 patterns.

This version also includes the 'Pro Features Collection’ — all four Groovebox instruments in one easy-to-get bundle.

We really appreciate your feedback. If you have comments, questions or feature requests, let us know at or If you like Groovebox and have a minute to spare, please review it in the app store. You can also review the app on iPhone from within the in-app menu.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Who needs a turntable/laptop when you got Novation?

orwell curiel

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!

Thanks for the Fun App!!

DJ MeowzMixx

Thanks for adding the new synth ! Since the beginning GB had allot of yet unrealized potential, serving more as a fun and engaging introduction for users to the play around with the basics of EDM. Now (thankfully) the developers seem to have decided what direction they would take GB in, moving toward making it a “real”instrument (not a toy, they have begun releasing new synths and offering more varied content! IMO, GB is now showing signs of what it could be: A very easy to use, yet powerful instrument for IOS.
With continued developer support and refinement, and an ear for user feedback, Gb could realize its potential, achieving enough real depth and versatility to be fully integrated into any producers workflow!
Really great way to get an idea down when on the go! Works well with Novations other apps Launchpad and Bloc Waves - you can really do allot with this thing! Hours of fun with a simple interface - Potentially GB could be a serious music maker in it's own right for the iOS -Keep up the good stuff, steady new content and excellent support!

Love this app!


I love all of this company's apps! I perform live with Launchpad and Groovebox on a regular basis, and have recommended them all to several fellow musicians.
Thank you so much for adding Chromatic Mode to Groovebox!
Speaking of Groovebox, I also have one suggestion and one request: First, when muting/unmuting tracks, could there be a way to either set a fade in/out time, or have the delay be post-signal, so that the tracks can come in and out smoothly instead of an abrupt cut off?
Second, I would personally really get a lot of use out of the ability to have non-4/4 sequence lengths. In addition to the occasional song in 3, 5, 7, etc. I often like to create a dance groove with maybe a synth arpeggio and/or a percussion track that continuously move across the bar line. I know it's not the most common user need but there are some of us who like to break out of the box, and I love using your platforms so it would mean a lot!
Thanks again for all you guys do.

In-App Purchases

Golden Era Bass

Classic, gritty Hip Hop basses.


Poly-8 Expansion

An 80's inspired polyphonic analog synth.


Drumbox Expansion

A modern drum machine.


Retrobass Expansion

A classic analog bass synth.


MiniMon Expansion

A cutting-edge mono wavetable synth.


Pro Features Collection

4 amazing instruments for 1 incredible price.



Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd.
59.8 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 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. Drumbox Expansion $2.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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