Beatmaker 3 with a collection of iOS effects is really fun. But it really depends on what you already have for gear. If you go from Ableton on a full system to Korg Gadget on an iPad, then it is a natural step towards Beatmaker 3 because of the access to plugins. It is pretty addictive when you can buy a 7 operator FM Synth AUv3 that can read DX7 files for $5, then turn around a pick up a reverb from Audio Damage for about the same price. It its a step up from collecting free VST’s/AU’s on site like Bedroom Producer’s Blog.
Like I said, the sampler is really good. I liked the idea of building, say, 16 awesome kick drums in NI’s Form on my Mac and then exporting them to BM3’s sampler on iOS. I would also grab old school synths/drum machine samples and load them onto the 8x8 pads. This gives me a nice electro library. Then, like I said, you might run these old electro samples through a gated reverb.
So I think the whole fun factor is if you are going on a little trip or you like to go for small adventures out, you can have a little iPad mini or whatever and be making tracks. Of course, when you add in some little stringed instruments you can bring with you and a little apogee audio interface or something, it gets better. I like taking a bunch of this stuff in a pack and finding a nice spot outside with no one around. That’s why I got into the solar stuff and made a modular rack I could bring as well.
When Audulus goes AUv3 I am going to be dancing.
- Obviously you can’t do all of this on a phone. I used to work from an iPod Touch, but I fried it so it wasn’t that much more to find an unopened 2nd hand iPad Mini 4, instead of replacing it with another iPod Touch or iPhone. It still has that small form factor but you are so much less limited on what you can operate and the interface is much more usable than a little phone screen.
One more thing. In the last 6 months I stopped worrying about most of this have have just been interested in Audulus. So I think there may be a nice habit where you tend to trim the fat quite often. As I am just now learning to spend 8 hours on the elektron sequencing and what not, I am thinking back about some legendary house producers. Some of them will make their tracks in one day. Keeping everything fresh, fun and simple. Then they move on. They seem to get a good setup and then you just work – like how I am sure you, @robertsyrett make drawings. You don’t want to be in there mucking around too much.