BeatMaker 3 landing (not) today

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It isn’t in the UK store as yet, but I’m sure we’ll all be watching out for it as it’s the biggest thing to land for a while now.

Update: Of course this is my mistake! I read July as June and got it wrong! Sorry!

Intua announce more about BM3

Which is excellent news! Here are the core functionalities and specifications of the upcoming Q2 release of BeatMaker 3:

BeatMaker 3’s digital audio workstation provides versatility ideal for both on-the-go production and more complex MIDI/audio studio setups. Suited for both amateurs and professional users, BeatMaker 3 emphasises the strengths of its critically acclaimed predecessors while taking the future of music composition to the next level.

BeatMaker 3’s ability to integrate with both MIDI hardware and the music app ecosystem makes it a powerful tool in any musician’s arsenal. In anticipation of launch, a series of screenshots of the soon-to-be-released app’s UI we’re posted recently on the company website. Additionally, a list of partial features confirmed in the forthcoming app includes:

Main functionalities

  • Compose with high quality instruments & loops, integrated in a powerful and streamlined DAW
  • Design your own instruments using a state of the art sampling engine with unmatched modularity (multi-layer, live slice mode, realtime time-stretching/pitch-shifting, Audio Units V3/IAA, full modulation system, …)
  • Powerful integration of MIDI hardware to control the app and its instruments in a unique way (MIDI actions, parameter macros, …)
  • Arrange songs with instruments & audio tracks
  • Play live, remix or sketch ideas with a powerful scene mode
  • Export, share, and expand your library with soundpacks designed by the best sound design companies

Specifications

BeatMaker 3 has eight banks of 128 pads. Each pad is now a full-fledged instrument running a state of the art multi-layered sampler engine, with additional IAA/Audio Unit V3 hosting. Additionally, audio tracks and can be added to the mix, for recording and playback of audio clips. Up to eight aux tracks can be added for even more complex routing.

Per Pad

  • Multi-layered sampler
  • Optional Audio Unit (AUv3/IAA), used simultaneously with the sampler
  • Mixer channel, with volume, pan, mute, solo and eight sends
  • Unlimited number of effects
  • Link & choke groups
  • Audio output routing
  • Swing mode

Per Bank

  • Hosts up to 128 pads, with 16/64 pads mode
  • Sequencer track
  • Mixer channel, with volume, pan, mute, solo and eight sends
  • Unlimited number of effects
  • Output to the main mix or a specific audio hardware output
  • Up 16 macro controls with additional X/Y controller
  • MIDI input / output
  • Swing mode

The sampler

  • Multi-layered sampler
  • Per layer up to 4 voice effects
  • Per layer modulation of parameters, with ratio. Available modulators: AHDSR, LFO,
  • MIDI, Random S&H, 64-steps mod, and more to come
  • Per layer trigger mode: one-shot, hold, on release
  • Per sample loop type: none / forward / alternated
  • Sample cross-fading with bending control
  • Per layer 64 voices polyphony, with optional mono & polyphonic portamento;
  • Sample Disk streaming support
  • Live time-stretch & pitch-shift with Elastique v3 algorithm
  • Tempo detection
  • Slice mode for live chopping of samples, with transient detection, split, divide, different play modes, slice fading in & out
  • Reverse playback, semitone & fine-tune controls;
  • Gain, pan, saturation;
  • Full fledged sample editor
  • Intuitive mapping editor to create your own instruments
  • Host an external Audio Unit plugin simultaneously with the sampling engine;
    inline recorder that can record from any external audio inputs or from any BM3 internal buses (outputs, banks, pads, audio tracks, AUX tracks…), bringing easy and quick resampling.
  • Slicing exports to layers or pads (up to 128);
  • Internal recorder and resampler

Macros

Sixteen macros are bound to each track inside BM3. This means each bank, output, audio & aux track has its own set of 16 macros. This is particularly interesting for Banks because this means bank presets can be saved with a chain of effects and macros as well. Macros can control multiple parameters at once from banks, pads, layers, effects, etc

Focus actions

BeatMaker 3 can be controlled in an unique way by one or multiple MIDI controllers, using MIDI notes and CC’s.

Available actions

  • Trigger pad 1-16 (or 64 with optional 64 pads device mode);
  • Pad modes switching: select, scene, mute, solo, keys
  • Macro control 1-16
  • Bank select, prev / next switching
  • Octave up, octave down, page up, page down for pads pages, scenes, etc.
  • Transport play / pause / stop / record / backward / forward / loop / metronome;
  • Repeat mode

Focus actions templates can be saved, loaded and shared easily.

Sequencer

You will find the traditional, timeline based sequencer, exactly like BM2 with an improved workflow and set of tools. To extend the creation capabilities, we’ve added a “scene” mode, where you can quickly create, assemble and play with patterns. A scene hosts multiple track patterns that can be triggered at once, using a specified quantization. It is also possible to individually trigger a pattern from outside the currently playing scene.

The combination of both SONG and SCENE mode is pretty powerful and opens up possibilities for live performances and more traditional sequencing.

Effects

Access the effect chain of any track by simply selecting the track (bank, output, aux, pad…) from the user interface or by manually selecting it. If you want to lock the selection on a specific track, toggle the “lock” icon.

You can insert any number of effects on a track. Remember that you can use macro controls to bind multiple parameters at once, from the effects, mixer, or even the sampler.

Effects presets load/save. Move effect up/down the chain.

Available effects

  • external Audio Unit plugin (IAA, AUv3);
  • bit crusher;
  • filtered delay with optional sync mode;
  • dynamics processor (compressor/limiter/expander) with side-chaining;
  • one-band SV filter;
  • six-band (parametric) SV filter;
  • modulation delay (flanger/chorus/vibrato);
  • overdrive;
  • two reverbs;
  • slicer;
  • stereo delay with filter and optional sync modes;
  • stereo widener.

Audio export

  • Single or multi-track export
  • WAVE/ACC
  • 16, 24 or 32bits
  • Normalization

Sharing

  • Sharing to other iOS apps like Mail, Airdrop, Google Drive, iCloud and other compatible applications. You can even select multiple files and BeatMaker 3 will archive them for you.
  • Music library import, iTunes USB transfer.
  • Dropbox browser.
  • BeatMaker 3 files (ZIP files, sessions, bank presets, samples, MIDI files, etc.) can be opened from other apps.

BM3 is a thing, it’s coming, it’s real

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Many people have asked me the question, “when is BM3 going to arrive?”. And why wouldn’t you ask. BeatMaker, both one and two have been stalwarts of the iOS music world since almost the very beginning. Both have been extensively used and relied on by artists all over the world. So it’s a good question, and one that Intua have now answered.

BM3 will be released before the end of this year. Intua say that they are confident of this on the front page of their site. It’s good to know. It’s good to look forward to as well, and I’m sure that it’ll be eminently worth the wait.

Using BeatMaker 2 with dropbox

I don’t know if anyone else is doing this, or if it’s so obvious that I’m the last one to work it out. Anyway, the other day I realised that a project I was working on in Beatmaker 2 was just too much for my iPhone 4. So I decided to move it over to my iPad 3, which seemed to make good sense.

The only easy way I could think of doing it was to move the file up to dropbox and back down again, which worked like a dream (over wifi).

So if you run into that sort of problem, connect Beatmaker to dropbox to move stuff about.

Sorry if you’ve already been doing this for ages.

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iPads at the Apple Store
iPod Touch at the Apple Store

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