I’ve been messing about with this app for a few days now, and to start with I was a little skeptical. I’ve been a fan of Frontier Designs apps for a long term (that’s a long time in iOS terms), and when I got this one I thought that maybe they’d brought us something less than their usual standards. But I was wrong.
I really like drum and percussion apps, whether they follow a standard drum machine approach, or take a different approach altogether. BeatStudio takes a different angle which takes a little more getting used to, or at least it did for me.
When I started using the app it took a little while to get used to as I’ve said, but once I realised that this and got to grips with it, it makes a lot of sense. BeatStudio has a set of configurable pads where you tap out your rhythm and record it, from there you can layer up your beats until you’ve got your pattern just the way you want it.
The pattern sequencer works really well for copying lines and it is very handy for moving a beat that’s just slightly in the wrong place, or indeed to put it in the right place.
What the app needs is more sounds. The current supplied ones are ok, but more kits would be welcome.
I’d have to say that I can see this being an incredibly useful drum app as it doesn’t rely on you programming a beat but rather being able to tape it out. Also, as the app is universal it works great on both screen formats.
At an introductory price of less than a cup of coffee, and with Frontier’s track record of updating and improving their apps I don’t think you can really go wrong with this one.
The app is priced at $2.99 initially.