Artiphon

INSTRUMENT 1 STEP-BY-STEP COURSE

10. USING APPS

There are loads of incredible music making apps available in Apple’s App store. Let’s take a moment to demonstrate how the INSTRUMENT 1 works with one of our favorite third-party apps: GrooveBox.




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Third-Party Apps

Making a beat in Groovebox

APPS

GrooveBox
A very well designed loop-based production tool with loads of synths and drum sounds.

GarageBand
Apple's robust DAW: available for iOS and Desktop.

Model 15
Moog's first modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iOS.

Animoog
Packed with unique sounds and extensive features, this is the first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed for iOS.

(00:00)
The INSTRUMENT 1 was designed to work with third party apps, and there are hundreds of them in the App Store to choose from. Many of them are free and they're all really, really fun. There's GarageBand for example, Model 15 is another one. Groovebox is one of my favorite ones. Let's take a look at Groovebox.

(00:17)
So we'll open it up and let's just start with a drum beat here. It gets me going with a metronome in place and I'm going to make sure the INSTRUMENT 1 is in the drum preset here. Some good sounds. Alright, I'll just record and see what comes out. It will record whatever you play and automatically loop it, so you only have to play it once. It'll quantize your playing, too, so you don't have to worry too much about timing. It'll take care of a lot of that for you.

(01:01)
Great, so we've got this beat going. Let's add some bass. We'll add this 'Retro Bass' here and load it up and I'm going to use the piano preset here. So I'll hop over to that. Let's see what comes out. Great! It quantized my playing. Let's add something else. How about the 'Poly-8'. Same thing. I'll stay in the piano preset for this.

(01:43)
Great. You can play around with all these effects here. Add some delay, distortion, filter. It's a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless.