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We’re in a the golden age of the drum machine, whether it’s dedicated hardware or a computer or a mobile gadget.

Of course, that means it’s getting tougher to stand out.

Patterning is one of the most promising software entries yet. I’m already a huge fan of Elastic Drums for its rich approach to timbre – this could be my other fast favorite.

Patterning side-steps the two problems with most drum machines – boring, regular patterns, and boring, predictable sounds.

Patterning’s user interface is centered around a circle, as cycles of time repeat in futuristic rotating colored geometries. We’ve seen that before, but Patterning makes it both uniquely accessible and uniquely powerful. Finding four-on-the-floor is easy, but so, too, is creating complex polyrhythms.

For sounds, you can load up your own custom kits, to keep this from sounding like everyone else (well, unless you want some 909 action and you do want to sound like everyone else intentionally). There are deep effects, too, plus the complement of MIDI and audio routing features serious iPad musicians now demand.

Let’s take a look at the specs:

  • Yes, it does Euclidean rhythms – of course.
    1-64 steps, 1/32nd note to whole note with dotted and triplet options, 64-bit velocity.
  • Loop modes: forward, reverse, a specialized random feature (Urn), “pendulum,” auto-rotate.
  • Automation layers, draw and erase.
  • Repeat patterns with the “Pen Echo” mode.
  • Use built-in samples (63 kits there already), or import from Dropbox, Audioshare, iCloud, or iTunes File Sharing.
  • Samples: gain, start/end, attack, hold, decay, coarse/fine tuning
  • Two choke groups.
  • Mixer: per-track multimode resonant filter, plus delay and reverb sends, panning, mute/solo.
  • Effects: delay with feedback and optional tempo sync, 3-band EQ, distortion, reverb.
  • Per-track MIDI and clock.
  • Audiobus, Inter-App MIDI, Core MIDI.

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There’s a song mode, too, in which patterns can become larger structures, with some powerful options (time signature, snap, jump, and so on).

Drum and sample kits look like a big part of how this thing will grow. You’ll be able to acquire new sounds via in-app purchase, and even bundle up kits to share with others.

http://www.olympianoiseco.com/apps/patterning/

And while you’re picking up Patterning, don’t miss the half-off sale on the lovely Ondes, which presents an expressive, Martenot-inspired way of playing instruments on a tablet.

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http://www.olympianoiseco.com/apps/ondes/

  • Max

    IPad app and no link to the store?

    • Will

      There’s a link to their site (which has a link to the store).

      • Max

        And you don’t think that’s kind of lame?
        I have to follow the links to their homepage, orientate me there, and search for the link to the store, instead of going from peters article to the object of interest, the app in the store …

        • LeBababa

          It’s literally ONE extra click from the link Peter provided.

          Seriously, man…

          • Max

            Seriously, man … It’s always “just one click away”.
            No, he always does it like this without link to the AppStore.
            So that’s a lot of clicks over time, for and for me and for everybody else, n’est pas?

          • Will

            I’d much rather be consistently sent to the maker’s site where I can, presumably, find out more instead of being sent to directly to the App Store.

          • foljs

            Less clicks that the ones you pressed to write your comments and piss us off.

        • Frank

          Couldnt help myself….are you really whining because you have to make a few clicks??? Cant be serious!

          Great sequencer/sample player btw. The complexity/intuitive ratio is beyond great

  • Max

    IPad app and no link to the store?

    • Will

      There’s a link to their site (which has a link to the store).

      • Max

        And you don’t think that’s kind of lame?
        I have to follow the links to their homepage, orientate me there, and search for the link to the store, instead of going from peters article to the object of interest, the app in the store …

        • LeBababa

          It’s literally ONE extra click from the link Peter provided.

          Seriously, man…

          • Max

            Seriously, man … It’s always “just one click away”.
            No, he always does it like this without link to the AppStore.
            So that’s a lot of clicks over time, for and for me and for everybody else, n’est pas?

          • Will

            I’d much rather be consistently sent to the maker’s site where I can, presumably, find out more instead of being sent to directly to the App Store.

          • foljs

            Less clicks that the ones you pressed to write your comments and piss us off.

        • Frank

          Couldnt help myself….are you really whining because you have to make a few clicks??? Cant be serious!

          Great sequencer/sample player btw. The complexity/intuitive ratio is beyond great

  • Max

    IPad app and no link to the store?

    • Will

      There’s a link to their site (which has a link to the store).

      • Max

        And you don’t think that’s kind of lame?
        I have to follow the links to their homepage, orientate me there, and search for the link to the store, instead of going from peters article to the object of interest, the app in the store …

        • LeBababa

          It’s literally ONE extra click from the link Peter provided.

          Seriously, man…

          • Max

            Seriously, man … It’s always “just one click away”.
            No, he always does it like this without link to the AppStore.
            So that’s a lot of clicks over time, for and for me and for everybody else, n’est pas?

          • Will

            I’d much rather be consistently sent to the maker’s site where I can, presumably, find out more instead of being sent to directly to the App Store.

          • foljs

            Less clicks that the ones you pressed to write your comments and piss us off.

        • Frank

          Couldnt help myself….are you really whining because you have to make a few clicks??? Cant be serious!

          Great sequencer/sample player btw. The complexity/intuitive ratio is beyond great

  • Chris R Gibson

    One of the reasons I start my day checking CDM 😉 Brilliant little tool, ‘Pendulum’, ‘Auto Rotate’ & ‘Euclidean’ modes especially of interest to me…using with midimux & audiomux makes a great workflow (also discovered via CDM so thanks again :))

  • Chris R Gibson

    One of the reasons I start my day checking CDM 😉 Brilliant little tool, ‘Pendulum’, ‘Auto Rotate’ & ‘Euclidean’ modes especially of interest to me…using with midimux & audiomux makes a great workflow (also discovered via CDM so thanks again :))

  • Chris R Gibson

    One of the reasons I start my day checking CDM 😉 Brilliant little tool, ‘Pendulum’, ‘Auto Rotate’ & ‘Euclidean’ modes especially of interest to me…using with midimux & audiomux makes a great workflow (also discovered via CDM so thanks again :))

  • Chris Stack

    Really enjoying this app. Been wanting something this polyrhythmic for quite a while. Having a bit of trouble slaving it to Ableton’s clock currently though. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Reggie Tidwell

      Yes. Me. No resolve yet.

  • Chris Stack

    Really enjoying this app. Been wanting something this polyrhythmic for quite a while. Having a bit of trouble slaving it to Ableton’s clock currently though. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Reggie Tidwell

      Yes. Me. No resolve yet.

  • Chris Stack

    Really enjoying this app. Been wanting something this polyrhythmic for quite a while. Having a bit of trouble slaving it to Ableton’s clock currently though. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Reggie Tidwell

      Yes. Me. No resolve yet.

  • wingo shackleford

    Man this is a great app. Loving the Euclidian mode and pendulum stuff. I was like, “I think this may be taking the place of Elastic Drums”, then I saw there is a great new update for that now. Wonder if that is a coincidence…

  • wingo shackleford

    Man this is a great app. Loving the Euclidian mode and pendulum stuff. I was like, “I think this may be taking the place of Elastic Drums”, then I saw there is a great new update for that now. Wonder if that is a coincidence…

  • wingo shackleford

    Man this is a great app. Loving the Euclidian mode and pendulum stuff. I was like, “I think this may be taking the place of Elastic Drums”, then I saw there is a great new update for that now. Wonder if that is a coincidence…