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.
LaunchPad has been a stalwart of the mobile music world for years now, both in iOS and in hardware, so it’s great to see it continue to improve and move forward in version 4.0.
LaunchPad is both amazing to use as a fun tool for creating mixes and just enjoying the experience of play, but also for creating your own unique tracks on your iPhone with audio import that’s arrived in this version.
Here’s everything you need to know about the update:
Create your own remixes and tunes on Launchpad for iPhone from scratch. Start new projects, mix and match loops, and import your own sounds on-the-go with this major update for iPhone.
Build new remixes and perform them using the huge soundpack library (more than 100 soundpacks available to date). Easily search for sounds, tag your favourites, then edit pads to create unique performances for sharing. All this as a free update.
You can also now add your own sounds on iPhone using Audio Import (available as an In-App purchase). Import your own sounds easily from almost anywhere including Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare and Airdrop. The new folder management system helps you manage a large number of imported files, so creating your own tracks and remixes has never been easier.
Launchpad for iPad has also been updated, and now supports more import options. Now import from iCloud, Google Drive and the usual Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare etc. We also added the much-requested feature of panning per pad.
Create new projects and edit existing projects
Browse for sounds and assign to pads
Search for sounds by soundpack, category, tempo or name
Tag favourite sounds
Edit pad settings, such as trigger type, sync type, gain and pan
Import sounds from almost anywhere (Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, AudioShare, etc)*
Create folders to organise imported sounds*
Manage and edit properties of imported sounds*
Change the panning for each pad
Import from many more sources, such as iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare etc*
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 do like good, well made tools that anyone can use to make music, and LaunchPad is exactly that. What’s more Novation’s ‘Blocs’ software team seem to love to continue to innovate with it, and that’s exactly what they’ve done today. LaunchPad 3 i even better than before.
Now Launchpad for iOS has new multi-colour pads and hardware multi-colour support. You can now tell your melodic and drum pads from your bass and fx, at just a glance.
Also included is newly added support for multi-colour on the popular Launchpad Pro, Launchpad (Mk2) and Launchkey (Mk2) hardware. Your hardware session colours will visually match, making it easier to perform and keeping everything looking in sync.
So here are all the nitty gritty details:
Multi-colour pad support on new and existing sessions for iPhone and iPad
Multi-colour support for hardware including Launchpad Pro, Launchpad (Mk2) and Launchkey (Mk2)
An let’s not forget that LaunchPad has Ableton Link support too. So you can do a hell of a lot with this free app (ok it does have IAPs too, but it’s not like they’re a lot of money).
If you don’t have LaunchPad already (why would that be?) then get it now and have some fun. Let’s face it, that’s what making music should be all about, right?
“Performance using the Irresistible Force pack with Launchpad Mini
Launch up to eight loops at a time using a special 8×6 version of the famous Launchpad grid. Experiment with ready-to-perform sessions from a variety of genres, download the hottest new Soundpacks to expand your collection, or make custom sessions with your own sounds on iPad.
Built-in time stretching and synchronisation keep your loops locked in time, whilst you use volume sliders and filters to control your mix on iPad, and dynamic filter, gater, stutter and delay FX on iPhone. Making and remixing music has never been so much fun.”