BeatMaker 3 just keeps getting better and better, and with it’s latest 3.0.8 release it has added support for AUv3 MIDI plugins, a feature that many users have been asking for. This is a huge update, so here’s all the detail:

Overall improvements

  • Song position readout, in the transport bar, can be switched between BAR:BEATS, MM:SS.MS and SMPTE, simply by pressing it.
  • Support of MIDI knob increment/decrement (“infinite” encoders), via MIDI RPN/NRPN.
  • The transport bar record button will now be red when recording.
  • Added an option, in the recording panel (press the ‘Q’ label on the transport bar), to disable minimal note length quantization.
  • It is now possible to show/hide the left global navigation bar while displaying the AUv3 keyboard screen. This gives access to effects and macros from that view.
  • It is now possible to tag packs & categories on a selection of files and directories, recursively from the Browser in files mode.

Sampler & Plugins

  • Support of AUv3 MIDI plugins. Now, BeatMaker 3 will create virtual input MIDI devices for each AUv3 that supports MIDI out. This way, you can route MIDI messages to other plugins and the sampler.
  • Added a ruler button on the full-screen sample editor to switch the time reference of the bottom grid between seconds, samples and bars/beats.
  • When using the “Add to existing layer” sample load method, get the currently selected layer rather than the last one. The layer can be selected from the editor screen > SAMPLES tab, just below the small pads selector.
  • Added move left/right and zoom in/out tools on the mapping editor toolbar.
  • The “Stereo to Mono” sample process tool now offers the possibility to use only the left or right channel.
  • When selecting a sample from the mapping editor, highlight it as well in the “SAMPLES” listing.
  • When drag’n’dropping a sample that is added to an existing layer, auto-select it in the “SAMPLES” listing.
  • Added tooltip next to sample markers when moving them, that will follow the current ruler unit (seconds, beats and samples).
  • Improvements on the “Zero Snap” tool: adapt scan size to the currently visible range and find the closest zero-cross against all channels.
  • Sample editor zoom in/out is now behaving more naturally.
  • Sample editor move left and right buttons will now behave more naturally.
  • Double-tapping the sample editor “START/END” or “LOOP” button will focus and recenter.
  • In the full-screen sample editor, added a marquee above sample & loop start/end markers to make it more obvious the area can be dragged.
  • Zoom in/out and move functions are now consistent on all three modes: select, slice and normal.
  • “Grid Snap” can now be used in Slices mode in the sample/slice editor.
  • Long press on [-] and [+] on the sample editor will resp. fully zoom out or in.


  • Added a setting for the transport stop behavior: it can either go back to the start of the track, or on the latest position (by pressing the bar / position in SONG mode).

Bug fixes & engine improvements

  • When drag’n’dropping a sample onto the mapping editor, follow the browser load method.

  • Fixed an issue where it was not possible to drag’n’drop a sample after C5 on the mapping editor.

  • Fixed Modulation Delay effect that would still apply processing when depth was set to 0%.

  • Fixed an issue where exporting sliced sample to Apple Loop will not preserve number of beats and tempo.

  • Fixed an issue in the browser where sharing a file from a group would bogusly pick another file.

  • Fixed the Auto-Scale feature.

  • Fixed a crash that could happen when using samples with bogus metadata.

  • Fixed an issue with the validation of purchases on iOS 11.2.

  • Fixed double tapping of a value in the parameter panel.

  • Fixed an issue where the mixer would not show any level.

  • Fixed an issue where audio recording wouldn’t start or record anything.

  • Fixed a crash that would happen when exporting slices to a new bank.

  • Fixed a browser issue that would happen when dropping a file back onto itself.

  • Fixed a crash that would happen when duplicating pads with AUv3.

BeatMaker 3 is on the app store and costs $39.99: