Patterning : Drum Machine

App Store Best of 2015 : Runner Up, App of the Year

As beautiful as it is powerful, Patterning is a deep and flexible drum machine unlike any you’ve encountered before.  With its elegant circular interface, Patterning transforms the iPad into a seriously inspiring tool for making beats. 

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Create dynamic drum patterns with the swipe of a finger. Make evolving, poly-metric rhythms, four-on-the-floor dance party jams, or laid back R&B grooves. Use Patterning’s independent loop settings to explore untapped rhythmic possibilities. Automate parameters to create intricate & complex beats. Arrange patterns on the timeline to construct songs. Use the built-in effects--delay, reverb, distortion, and 3-band EQ--to add atmosphere, shimmer and noise. Connect to other apps with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, and MIDI.

Patterning comes loaded with classic drum machine samples as well as exclusive drum kits created and curated by contemporary producers and musicians. For the independent producer, it’s easy to create custom kits with your own samples.

With an extensive and uncommon feature set, Patterning redefines what an iOS drum machine can be.

“This is brilliant.” - Sebastian Dittman, Audiobus & Audanika

"Patterning is fantastic…. You will not be disappointed.” - Sean Garland,

"The honest truth is this: Patterning really does live up to the hype.” - Doug Woods,

Media Kit for Version 1.1


iOS 8.1 +

Recommended for iPad 3 and newer.

Extensive built-in help in English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, 日本語, 简体中文, and 中國傳統.


  • Unique circular sequencer with independent settings for each loop in each pattern. 
  • Variable loop lengths from 1 to 64 steps.
  • Step durations from a thirty-second note up to a whole note, with dotted notes and triplets along the way. 
  • Get wild with loop modes : Forwards, Reverse, Urn (random without repeating), and two Pendulum modes. 
  • Auto-Rotate feature spins the loop after each rotation.
  • Divide mode allows you to explore exotic polyrhythms like 7 against 11, 35 against 36, or even 3 against 4.
  • 64 bits of sample velocity trigger sensitivity.  (That’s a lot of sensitivity!)
  • Automation layers for animating track parameters : coarse and fine tuning, effects sends, panning, filter frequency and resonance, probability, and envelope settings.  
  • Draw and erase tools.  
  • Special “Pen Echo” mode for quick entry of repeating patterns.


Audio & Ableton Live Set Export 

  • Easily export loops or songs from Patterning.  Patterning now includes a highly configurable audio export function for getting your drum tracks out of Patterning and into the next stage of your process.  It’s easy to turn your beats into perfect audio loops or entire songs in .WAV format.  Bounce individual tracks or the main mix and save your files to AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing or using “Open in….” to save to Dropbox or other apps.
  • Export directly to an Ableton Live Set!  Generated Live Sets include MIDI tracks as well as audio.  Export to a single master loop for each pattern, or each track individually.
  • Includes a free copy of Ableton Live Lite!  Get the download link from the Export window. 


  • Extensive built-in sample library.
  • Easy import of user samples with Dropbox, Audioshare, iCloud, or iTunes File Sharing.
  • Modify sample start and end times.
  • Sample gain.
  • Attack, hold, decay amplitude envelope for shaping your sounds. 
  • Coarse and fine tuning. 
  • 2 choke groups. 


Mixer Section

  • Per track multimode filter with variable resonance and cutoff frequency. 
  • Per track delay and reverb sends. 
  • Panning
  • Mute / Solo
  • Track Volume
  • Amazing visualizer!


Drum Kits

  • 63 kits and counting!
  • An assortment of classic and modern factory drum kits included.
  • Artists drum kits curated and created by contemporary producers, engineers, and musicians. 
  • More drum kits available regularly through free in-app downloads.
  • Create your own kits and export them to share with other Patterning users. 


Song Mode 

  • Fill the timeline with patterns to create songs.  
  • Seamlessly toggle timeline on and off during playback.
  • Loop mode for endless pattern sequences.
  • Double tap to jump to a block in the timeline. 
  • Time signature and snap settings for maximum flexibility. 
  • Multiple selection in timeline for quick duplication and editing. 


FX Section

  • Digital Delay with feedback filter.
  • Tempo sync & free delay time modes.
  • 3 band EQ.
  • Unique distortion unit.
  • Reverb.



  • Per track MIDI settings allows maximum flexibility for ports, channels, and pitch. 
  • MIDI clock sync receive and send.
  • Map your hardware MIDI controller to control mixer and sample settings, trigger pattern changes, and more.  Assign CC’s, notes, or program changes to parameters using the MIDI learn function, and fine tune parameter ranges with the MIDI configuration menu.  MIDI mappings can be imported from other songs to easily reuse your favorite mappings.


Inter-App Audio 

  • Master or individal track outputs for processing in IAA host apps.
  • Inter-App Audio clock sync and transport via the main IAA port.

Ableton Link

  • Use Ableton Link to sync Patterning to other devices or apps wirelessly.  It's like magic!


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