Group the Loop 1.3 brings Link and much more

Group the Loop 1.3 is a nice big update including Link and much more. Here’s everything that’s in the update:

  • Ableton Link.
  • Flexible tempo – Change session tempo anytime.
  • Pitch and time stretch tempo algorithms.
  • Inter-app audio connections to input stream.
  • New drop down clock settings view – Tap the clock status bar to quickly access tempo, time signature and Ableton Link settings.
  • AudioShare import now supports more audio formats. (Inc. wav, caf, m4a, mp3, aif).
  • Advanced audio export options. Choose file format, sample rate, bit depth and more.
  • “Open in” support. Import audio files directly from any other app with the “open in” option e.g AudioShare, Mail.
  • Many other improvements and bug fixes

Link goes beyond iOS, establishes a serious desktop presence aside from Live

It’s only fair to say that Link has very quickly established a strong foothold in the iOS world, and has of course had a desktop presence from day one with Live. But the big question was always whether or not other desktop DAWs would take it on.

Now that’s happened with Reason. Here’s what Propellerheads say about it:

“Reason is the first third party DAW to add support for Ableton’s Link technology. Users of Reason 9.1 can effortlessly sync their music making apps across WiFi, and Link will keep all apps in tempo and time. Drop in or out of the Link at any time. Change tempo on one device and all the Linked apps follow suit.

Use the Link enabled Reason for Jam sessions with friends using Ableton Live or other Link enabled apps on desktop or mobile. Or use Link to record the sound of your favorite iOS apps to your Reason tracks in perfect sync.
How to use Link

Using Link is a breeze. Reason 9.1 adds Ableton Link as a new sync mode that you enable from the transport panel. You’ll see how many other Links are available and a graph will show timing information. When you hit play in Reason, it will start playing in sync on the next downbeat. When you stop, all other apps will keep playing. There is no sync master.

Reason 9.1 is a free update for owners of Reason 9. To update Reason 9, simply download it from Reason’s auto updater that will detect the update on launch.”

Make now mistake that this is massive, truly massive, and I hope that it isn’t the last. Quite frankly I think that we should see all DAWs take on Link, and I’d like to see some Android love for Link too.

What’s more, it’s great to see Jakob in there doing his thing!

Stria 2.1 is the biggest update this app has had in a while

It’s a huge update in version 2.1 with all the stuff that you’d expect to find from apeSoft. Here’s the big list:

  • Ableton Link in integration, find out more about Link at
  • New SYNC for LFO and Sequencer
  • New UI iPad/iPhone restyle
  • New Dynamics Compressor/Expander
  • New iCloud Drive and Document Picker for Presets and Files
  • MIDI Clock improved
  • Improved Toggle Interaction
  • Audiobus latest SDK update
  • Midibus 1.35
  • New 88.2 and 96 kHz Sampling Rate support
  • Bluetooth Audio IO support
  • Bluetooth MIDI LE Support
  • Added Preset Manager ‘Open In…’ Support
  • Added Preset Manager ‘Sends the audio files used from the Bank’
  • Added File Manager ‘Send E-Mail’ Support
  • AudioShare support
  • Audio Engine Optimisation
  • Bugs fixed
  • iPad Pro compatibility fixed
  • iPhone Landscape Left/Right

Remixlive 1.2 bring Link and more

Here’s what’s new in Remixlive …

  • Ableton Link: jam in sync with other Link-compatible apps (Cross DJ Pro, another Remixlive, Ableton Live, etc.).
  • New Essential FX pack: buy 4 FX and save 50% off their individual price.
  • Record external audio from any iOS-compatible microphone or sound card into Remixlive.
  • Improved sample collection: rename, delete & search any sample in your collection.
  • Delete any factory sample pack and restore it through the in-app store.
  • New info tab that displays sample’s instrument, BPM, beats, key & more.

e-l-s-a gets a very big update with some awesome stuff, including Link

e-l-s-a gets a big update in version 1.7. Here’s what’s new:

  • New logo.
  • Adding anti click setting.
  • Adding keyboard hold function.
  • Adding bit crush rounding setting.
  • Adding bit crush wet setting.
  • Improving filter.
  • Adding filter wet setting.
  • Improving multi touch experience.
  • Adding info labels.
  • Updating in app help.
  • Adding Ableton Link support.
  • Fixing midi channel save bug

Link coming to Genome MIDI Sequencer

Thought I’d mention this as GMS is on sale right now too, so it’s a great time to grab this app.


Video:Elastic Drums & Fugue Machine going directly into Live via Studiomux (Synced via Ableton Link)

Video description:

“This video demonstrates how to use Studiomux and Ableton Live to directly record your audio in Ableton Live via Lightning cable”

Video published by Oliver Greschke.

Apps used …

Elastic Drums
Fugue Machine

Ableton Link:

Synthtopia videos from SuperBooth 16 … Musik App Manufaktur alliance

Apps in the Musik App Manufaktur alliance:

zMors Modular
Elastic Drums

Following on from my love of Blocs Wave, this video is a must see

If you haven’t tried out Ableton’s Link technology as yet, then watch this and see just what you can do with it. Here it’s being used in Blocs, a thing I think is amazing in itself, and having worked with Blocs last week I know just how amazing it is going to get.

Video description:

“Performance with iPad Air 2 and iPad 2 with Blocs Wave by Novation trying new Ableton Link support!

What do you think? =)”

Video published by Matteo Cozza.

Blocs Wave on the app store:

Also check out my page on other Link enabled apps

Blocs Wave just gets better and better …

It would seem like the lovely people at Blocs must be working round the clock to get new features out. It’s only been a week since their last release with Ableton Link integration and here we are again with even more goodness. In version 3.0 they’ve added a new export mix feature so you can now export your project with their offline export mode. If that wasn’t enough you can also now do a batch export of the individual pads to easily get them into another app or onto your laptop. How amazing is that!

Now I happen to know that this isn’t the end of what the Blocs chaps are up to. If you check the post below (about my most recent SoundLab event) you’ll see that we had Blocs along to show their app, and there are very very cool things coming to Blocs Wave. But I can’t say what. What I can say is that you’ll love it!

If that wasn’t enough here’s a nice tutorial from the Blocs team on the new features:

For now, check out the app if you haven’t already. It really is great way to make music.