INSTRUMENT 1 STEP-BY-STEP COURSE
Making a beat in Groovebox
A very well designed loop-based production tool with loads of synths and drum sounds.
Packed with unique sounds and extensive features, this is the first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed for iOS.
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.
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.
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.
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.