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First Oympia Noise Co brought us Patterning, and we loved it, now they bring us Patterning 2, the next generation of the circular drum machine. With the same intuitive interface that is both easy to use and deep with features for the experienced producer. Patterning 2 is a whole new app and not an update to the existing version. The new app is on pre-order right now for $14.99.

If I look back at the original, or rather, the current version, it’s an app that has been consistently well received and popular with the iOS community. It’s easy to use and the circular interface is both powerful and intuitive. On a personal level I’ve found this one of my own favourite go to drum machines. Coupled with the extensive library of kits that is available in the app it shows that Olympia Noise Co are very serious about making this app work for users.

In the new version of Patterning we are getting a lot of the features that users have been asking for, and what’s more, some of the logical extensions of where those features would take you. One such is randomisation. Being able to randomise parameters within the app will bring a degree of experimental creativity which I always find of benefit in any sequencing app. Finding happy accidents can give you a really interesting place to start with a pattern, or, bring something fresh to one that perhaps isn’t working as planned.

Of course there’s plenty more in Patterning 2, and I’ve including a full (some might say exhaustive) list of what’s in the new app below.

The one thing that I know will upset some users is that Patterning 2 is a new app. Of course we’d all like to see the original just get updated, but if we’re honest we can all appreciate that it simply isn’t economically viable for a developer to continue to add features to an app for diminishing gains. Many other developers have already gone down this route, and it does have one very significant benefit. It means that great developers like Olympia Noise Co keep on making great apps.

Patterning is available for pre-order for $14.99 on the app store with an expected release date of 31 July.

Here’s everything you want, or maybe need to know about Patterning 2:

Here’s what’s new in Patterning 2:

  • Recording Beats & Automation
  • Drum Kit Switching
  • Randomize (Almost) Everything
  • Next Generation Ratcheting
  • Coarse Tune Quantization
  • Quantized Pattern Launch
  • Sample Folders
  • Loop Rotate
  • Pattern Tempo Changes
  • Divide Mode Measure Length
  • New Automation Layers
  • Ableton Link Start/Stop
  • MIDI Learn Recording
  • MIDI Drum Triggering
  • MIDI Only Tracks
  • Custom MIDI CC Outputs
  • MIDI Gate Length Automation
  • Under the Hood Performance Improvements
  • Workflow Enhancements
  • And more…

Other Key Features:

  • Download hundreds of free factory and user-created drum kits.
  • Export directly to an Ableton Live Set or perfect audio loops.
  • Deep integration with MIDI for controlling and being controlled by hardware gear.
  • Sync with Ableton Live and other apps using Ableton Link.

SPECIFICATIONS :

iOS 10+, Recommended for iPad 3 and newer, Languages : English

PATTERNS

  • Unique circular sequencer with independent settings for each loop in each pattern. Create poly-metric and poly-rhythmic beats like never before.
  • Variable loop lengths from 1 to 64 steps.
  • Step durations from a thirty-second note up to a whole note, with dotted notes and triplets along the way.
  • NEW : Next generation ratcheting with unique “ratchet decay” setting for creating textural rolls and fast subdivisions of the beat.
  • NEW : Quantized pattern launching. Launch a pattern on the next down beat, nearest 32nd note, 16 measures in the future or anywhere in between.
  • Get wild with loop modes : Forwards, Reverse, Urn (random without repeating), and two Pendulum modes.
  • Auto-Rotate feature spins the loop after each rotation to create evolving rhythms.
  • NEW : Change a loop’s starting point with the new loop rotate feature. Nudge loops slightly off the grid or rotate by subdivisions of a step.
  • NEW : Updated Divide mode allows you to explore exotic polyrhythms like 7 against 11, 35 against 36, or even 3 against 4. New in version 2 is the ability to change the measure length of divide mode.
  • NEW : Attach tempo changes to patterns to change up the pace. Slide gradually to the new tempo or jump immediately to it.
  • 64 bits of sample velocity sensitivity. (That’s a lot of sensitivity!)
  • Draw and erase tools.
  • Special “Pen Echo” mode for quick entry of repeating patterns.

AUDIO & ABLETON LIVE EXPORT

  • Easily export multitrack or stereo audio files from Patterning.
  • Export directly to an Ableton Live Set with individual tracks for audio and MIDI. Includes a free copy of Ableton Live Lite! Get the download link from the Export window.

DRUM KITS & SAMPLES

  • NEW : Dynamically swap drum kits, changing samples and settings when a Pattern changes.
  • NEW : Download 100s of free factory and user generated drum kits with Cloud Kits. New kits are being added all the time!
  • NEW : Organize samples into folders.
  • NEW : Create your own kits and export them to share with other Patterning users via Cloud Kits.
  • Easy import your own samples with Dropbox, Audioshare, Files, or iTunes File Sharing.

INSTRUMENTS

  • NEW : Randomization of instrument parameters.
  • NEW : Quantized Coarse Tuning for easy melodic compositions. Works with randomization for randomly generated melodies.
  • Sample start and end times.
  • Sample gain.
  • Attack, hold, decay envelope for shaping the amplitude of your sounds.
  • Coarse and fine tuning.
  • 2 choke groups.
  • Multimode filter with variable resonance and cutoff frequency.
  • Delay and reverb sends.
  • Panning
  • Mute / Solo
  • Track Volume
  • Amazing visualizer!

AUTOMATION

  • Automation layers for animating track parameters : coarse and fine tuning, effects sends, panning, filter frequency and resonance, probability, and envelope settings.
  • NEW : Automate Parameter Randomization Amount.
  • NEW : Ratchet Count and Ratchet Decay automation.
  • NEW : Automate MIDI CCs & MIDI Gate Length.
  • NEW : Automation Record toggles on when recording is enabled.
  • NEW : Record automation using MIDI controllers.

NEW : RECORDING & MIDI INPUT

  • NEW : Record Pads allow you for recording patterns.
  • NEW : Overdub while recording to add parts one at a time.
  • NEW : Assign a MIDI controller to pads to play Patterning with using an external controller or to record.
  • NEW : Metronome
  • NEW : Quickly clear patterns or loops.
  • Use MIDI Learn to control Patterning with external MIDI devices. Customizable MIDI mapping to parameter ranges.

SONG MODE

  • Fill the timeline with patterns to create songs.
  • Seamlessly toggle timeline on and off during playback.
  • Loop mode for endless pattern sequences.
  • Double tap to jump to a block in the timeline.
  • Time signature and snap settings for maximum flexibility.
  • Multiple selection in timeline for quick duplication and editing.

FX

  • Digital Delay with feedback filter.
  • Tempo sync & free delay time modes.
  • 3 band EQ.
  • Unique distortion unit.
  • Reverb.

MIDI

  • Instrument MIDI settings allows maximum flexibility for ports, channels, and pitch.
  • Coarse Tune > MIDI Note automation for melodic MIDI sequencing.
  • Fine Tune > Pitch Bend automation for automating MIDI pitch bend.
  • NEW : Create MIDI CC automation lanes.
  • NEW : MIDI Note Length automation. Lengths longer than 100% are tied to successive notes to make longer MIDI notes.
  • Rock solid MIDI clock sync receive and send.
  • NEW : Audio/MIDI/Both setting to configure instrument output.
  • NEW : MIDI Settings are now accessible on the main PATTERN screen.
  • Import MIDI settings for quick MIDI mapping templates.

INTER-APP AUDIO

  • Master or individual track outputs for processing in IAA host apps like AUM and Audiobus.
  • Inter-App Audio clock sync and transport via the main IAA port.

ABLETON LINK

  • Use Ableton Link to sync Patterning to other devices or apps wirelessly. It’s like magic!
  • NEW : Link Start/Stop Support
  • NEW : Link Quantum Setting for configuring start/stop timing.

Patterning is available for pre-order for $14.99 on the app store with an expected release date of 31 July.