So, apart from having the word ‘Robotic’ in the app’s name, and also having what is arguably one of the coolest icons for a music making app ever, what has this got going for it?
The answer = LOADS!
Read the app’s description then try and think of a reason for not having this app …
Robotic Drums is an analog modeled drum synth coupled with a probability sequencer. This special combination, makes the app suitable for live sound manipulation, sequence experimentation and regular beats. The main highlights for this app are:
- A minimalist interface, with a high emphasis in flow.
- 6 analog modeled synthesized voices.
- A probability sequencer. You control how “random” a sequence is.
- Quantized pattern switching.
- Dropbox support for saving sessions and sharing across devices.
- AudioBus support.
- Midi clock sync support.
There are 6 analog modeled synthesized voices, each with a noise and an oscillator section. This flexible configuration allows each voice to generate sounds that range from punchy bass drums, to snappy snares, to lo-fi tones, to sound effects and much else in between.
THE PROBABILITY SEQUENCER
The sequencer for each voice is based on probabilities. A step on a sequence is not just a “switch” but a measure of “how likely is this step to be triggered”. This allows for highly dynamic sequences that maintain a certain base, but never sound the same from one pass to another.
THE PATTERNS SECTION
Each session can hold 16 patterns. Switching patterns in a live situation is always controlled by a “pattern quantization” parameter, which determines when the pattern switch actually happens. This allows for pattern switches to occur exactly when expected, maintaining the musical flow of a piece.
Sessions can be saved to Dropbox, this allows to share sessions across devices or even to use as an easy method to share patches with the community.
And at just $4.99, why wouldn’t you buy this?