As a long time fan of this app I see this as a really positive move to encourage even more people to pick up their iOS device and make music with it, and Blocs is a great place to start. It’s a simple and beautifully designed app for making and recording new music, and now free it’s to download on the Apple app store.
Of course, there will be IAPs. The ‘Slicer’ and ‘Audio Import’, become IAPs, which makes sense to me. But the great news is that for new and pro music makers alike, Blocs Wave offers unique ways to combine pro-sounds to build up original musical ideas. For long time iOS musicians, Blocs Wave can also be seen as another good tool for real-time loop recording that can record and capture your ideas on the go.
As of today the free option also lets you tweak and edit your sounds, and then build on your ideas to create more advanced musical sections.
So what about users who have already purchased Blocs Wave?
Don’t worry. Existing users will keep the pro-features, Audio Import and Slicer at no additional cost. More information on the changes for existing users can be found here:
Just as a reminder (or if you haven’t heard of the app), here’s what Blocs Wave is all about:
A powerful looper studio – 48 loop pads, with real-time stretching for building ideas
Chop and slice your sounds* – Slice and play your sounds
Locked in time and key – Change tempo or key, at any time, in real-time
Expand your ideas with Sections – Switch between groups of pads to build musical structure
Import* and export your own sounds – Supports Audiobus, Audioshare.
Easy syncing, and exporting to Ableton Live – Sync to other software with Link, and export your projects to Ableton Live
Connect with Launchpad for iOS – Easily send your projects to Launchpad. Access all your Launchpad soundpacks easily
* Slice and Audio Import require In-App Purchase
Key Features (More Detail)
Designed for iPad and iPhone
Combine 8 sounds simultaneously per section
6 sections let you build bigger ideas
6 soundpacks included (nearly 300 loops) plus more free packs in the store
Slice* and Loop modes to rearrange, and tweak your sounds
Discover, Soundpack, User and Type browser modes
Expand your soundpack library with new soundpacks, updated weekly
Export your music – Create a mixdown or export individual tracks
Send to Launchpad – Easily send your projects to Launchpad for iOS
Download on-the-move – Optimised for 3G/4G mobile networks
3D touch enabled on iPhone 6 Plus – Preview sounds and waveforms
Use any purchased Launchpad soundpacks in Blocs Wave
* In-App Purchase
Advanced Key Features (More Detail)
Real-time stretch engine – Change tempo at any time
In-key system – Helps keep you in key at all times (Minor)
Low-latency recording – Ideal for live looping
iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
Import* and export from iCloud, Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare, Mail, ‘Open-in’, Airdrop and more
Import multiple files at once via other apps (e.g. AudioShare)*
User sound library management – Manage your sounds
Batch export your pads as a .zip file
Record and monitor using most USB audio interfaces
Audiobus, AudioCopy and hardware input and outputs supported
Ableton Link support – Jam in sync with other apps, including Ableton Live
Ableton Export support – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
Bluetooth speaker support
Blocs Wave on the app store, now free (with IAPs):
The momentum doesn’t stop, Blocs Wave gets another update to version 11 now. Here’s what’s new:
Introducing Blocs Export: send your Blocs Wave creations directly to Launchpad, and continue your music making. Use your sounds with Launchpad’s in-built effects, play and record your performances, then jump back to Blocs Wave to tweak or add more sounds.
Blocs Wave 10 and LaunchPad 5 have introduced LaunchPad SoundPack sharing. A nice new feature making soundpacks from Launchpad accessible in Blocs Wave. What’s more Novation is offering a discounts on soundpacks imminently and there’s also a sale price for Blocs too.
I have to say that I’m impressed with how Novation have brought their apps closer together ever since Blocs Wave arrived and this is another good example of just that. Improving interoperability is always a positive step and I’m sure that plenty of users of both apps will appreciate this.
Well it’s been a bit of a day for apps adding an ‘export to live set’ feature. The latest is Blocs Wave, a bit of a fav of mine anyway, but this new update takes it up a notch really.
Start your tune in Blocs Wave, recording and tweaking sounds wherever you are. Then when you’re ready, export to Ableton Live. The enhanced integration names your pads, converts them to clips, sets the tempo, clip size, and arranges the sounds neatly onto the powerful Ableton Live Session grid.
For users of other DAWs, Blocs Wave also has a Project export option. This also collects all your sounds, including any tweaks, and creates a folder for you to easily transport them. You can then take this to any other DAW including Logic, Protools, Garageband, or even other apps.
For existing users on iPhone and iPad, this is a free update.
Export all your project sounds to Ableton Live from iPad or iPhone
The Grid positions, names, tempo, pad colours are all maintained
For Non-Ableton Live users a project Export option can also be used
Other minor improvements & bug fixes
Don’t forget that Blocs Wave is also on sale at the moment with 50% off:
I’m going to start by saying that I wish Apple would do a load more events like this! I think it would be awesome.
It was great to see Blocs Wave run a session on their app at the Apple Store in Covent Garden. The session itself was packed with a mix of people, some who had used the app, some who were seasoned music makers, and a fair number of people who had never done anything like this before.
Toby gave a great run through of both LaunchPad, and also Blocs Wave too. They explained music making on iOS brilliantly and allowed plenty of time for everyone to play, make music, and have fun. So please, let’s have more of this, much more!
I posted about the lastest update to blocks yesterday. Now we have ‘sections’ to take Blocs Wave even further. It’s another great update to this app.
“Blocs Wave is a music creation app designed to inspire new musical ideas. Easily combine original professional sounds across a wide array of genres. Tweak your sounds using beautiful touchable waveforms, and make your ideas even more unique. Record your vocals and instruments, and bring your ideas to life within minutes.
About Blocs The Blocs team was born out of talent from established electronic music brand Novation. The team were responsible for previous innovations such as the original Launchpad hardware and Launchpad for iOS app.”