Beat practice: “012010” an iPhone beat.

<a href="http://hypoetical.bandcamp.com/track/012010">012010 by hypoetical</a>

Aloha from the 808-state! I’m currently on week 2 of my vacation in Hawaii and was finally able to get in some beat practice last week. Equipped with only my iPhone, portable turntable, and laptop, I put together a simple beat using some vinyl I dug up at a local record shop. You can stream it above or download the track from my bandcamp site.

This was the first time I was able to sit down (lay down, hah) and put quality time into an iPhone app I bought over a year ago called “Intua Beatmaker.” Considering it’s only $19.99, it’s packed with features. In a nutshell, it’s a software-based drum machine similar to the MPC. It has 2 FX buses w/ over 4 FX modules (lpf/hpf/band filters, bit crusher, delay, and EQ), 16 pads with tuning/pitch ability, a fresh sequencer with step editors (velocity adjustable), and the ability to load up your own custom samples using their free software. Despite some shortcomings such as the inability to sample sound sources directly into the headphone/mic jack and lack of wave editor, it’s a powerful app that you can carry around in your pocket to lay down some quick beat ideas or fleshed out compositions if you spend some time creating kits.

I’ll admit, making a beat on the iPhone wasn’t as easy as I thought it’d be. I had to wrap my head around Beatmaker’s workflow and find workarounds for some of the functions that were easily accessible on the MPC. Fortunately, the learning process was short and smooth. I was able to tap all the features of the app and gain a greater understanding of how everything worked. I’d even consider using it for future projects if I didn’t have access to my lab. Definitely made me more appreciative of the iPhone and modern beatmaking technology. I hope to post up a more in-depth discussion about how to create beats with it in the near future. In the meantime, check out the fruits of my iPhone beatmaking experiment.