Missing some things. 3/5
This is a great app. Really, I love it! I just wish there was more to it. And I'm not talking about the in app purchases, I'm talking about features.
The big one is some way to add effects while the song is playing. Like fading in music and more distorted drums at the end instead of the beginning. Sections are a start, but it starts to sudden. I would love it if I could add stuff in a little at a time.
Also what's the point in sections if they don't play all together at some point?
Professional sound design but some crackling on ip7 4/5
I'm getting some crackling and sound glitch if with only four modules activated!! I'm on an iPhone 7plus so I should have enough power to not get sound glitches. Most my other music apps don't crackle. I've restarted and remove apps out of ram but still persists. Please look into this guys!
The perfect beat maker app 5/5
By Tamilore Bello
My audio BFF! 5/5
By LJ Swype
Audio home base on my mobile.
Great app, except a few bugs 5/5
Awesome app love this! Except when using the default card when editing music, it goes by and is hard to control
Best I can find so far for beat making that’s free 5/5
Best free app beat maker
I just keeps getting better 5/5
I love this app and enjoy writing music with it. They keep responding to user requests and making it better. I asked for some more bass patterns and they responded with a free pack! The new Wavetable synth is awesome. This app is always running on both my iPad and iPhone.
Good for musicians !
It's been great so far!!!! 4/5
I like the layout and haven't got bored yet with it.
PRO bundle needs to take existing purchases into account. 5/5
Edit: Excellent, happy to hear you have an open mind about this! Thanks for quick response :)
Can we please include the people who have bought some parts of the PRO upgrade as standalone purchases before the PRO upgrade existed? An option to purchase it at a discounted rate, just like apple has the "complete the app bundle" functionality?
Love it 5/5
I get all of your apps!
Great app 4/5
Great synth sounds. Deep enough for enthusiasts to get into but not completely inaccessible to anyone new to the world of music apps. My only gripe is with the drum sounds. They mostly sound weak compared to the synth and bass. That's surprising considering Novations amazing sound design. Nevertheless, an essential app. But wait for sales. I should've waited so I could've gotten the Pro Bundle.
By Las Vegas Love$$$
I Love It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😜🙃🤗
Thanks for the Fun App!! 5/5
By DJ MeowzMixx
Thanks for adding the new synth ! Since the beginning GB had allot of yet unrealized potential, serving more as a fun and engaging introduction for users to the play around with the basics of EDM. Now (thankfully) the developers seem to have decided what direction they would take GB in, moving toward making it a “real”instrument (not a toy, they have begun releasing new synths and offering more varied content! IMO, GB is now showing signs of what it could be: A very easy to use, yet powerful instrument for IOS.
With continued developer support and refinement, and an ear for user feedback, Gb could realize its potential, achieving enough real depth and versatility to be fully integrated into any producers workflow!
Really great way to get an idea down when on the go! Works well with Novations other apps Launchpad and Bloc Waves - you can really do allot with this thing! Hours of fun with a simple interface - Potentially GB could be a serious music maker in it's own right for the iOS -Keep up the good stuff, steady new content and excellent support!
Like a Circuit in your pocket 5/5
Very similar to Novation’s Circuit Hardware Groovebox. Excellent, intuitive and highly addictive. The synths are simply incredible, with tons of pro-level features.
I wish I had this as a beginner, because the ability to “learn synthesis” with Groovebox is possibly its best feature.
It almost replaced my Circuit and is competing with Ableton for quick drafts and inspired ideas. You get your riffs, melodies and beats down quick with Groovebox. Yes it’s that good. Yes it’s very fast.
Enjoy your new healthy addiction.
More accurate than I thought it would be 👍🏾
By Sebas V
I’m always looking around for new apps to get my creative juices going and this one made it too easy!!! Great app!!
Way more fun than Garageband 5/5
By Mister Diddlezzz
This is such an enjoyable app with really amazing sounds and patterns. There’s a few features that I would like to have added, but even without them it’s such a blast!
A must in you IMusic making 5/5
By Funn foto
This let’s you jump right in and dial in your sound creation. You do need to purchase the unlock features to really get in and tweak but it is worth it. I look forward to even more banks to choose from
From when I first tried “launchkey”, I loved your design, then
With Launchpad and audio import I could instantly create my own sound packs ,..NOW with Groovebox I have superior synth sounds that I can program and tweak to my own liking .Blocs wave, is also a trip into new territory, and all three can be exported straight back into the launchpad. I would love to see you update the Launchkey app. And give it a record function so that those awesome instruments and tweaking effects could also be sent to the Launchpad. Either way I love the versatility you keep adding . I’d recommend anyone to get all four.
Good Beat Production App but..... 4/5
I like the innovation in the development of this app. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive to unlock its full potential. I’m not even lamenting the sound pack prices as much as I’m taken back by the hefty fee it takes to unlock all the production tools. I feel like those should have been available from the beginning. I love the new update though. The app looks cleaner and more inviting. The sounds are reminiscent of modular synths that you may hear on a Kanye project or Daft Punk record. This app will take you out of your comfort zone when it comes to sound.
All I ask is that the developers take fiscal matters into consideration. I’m a low income college student. I can’t afford to buy everything this app has to offer. Sorry. As good as it is, it’s not worth the immense amount of cash that they are asking. Please change that!!!!
Time to lose the training wheels 4/5
By BK Holiday
Pro feature? Nah I already own every option & sound pack you have released for groovebox & 90% for Bloc & Launchpad as well. Waiting hopefully for the PRO feature to import/export midi stems and really take groovebox into the iOS Daw arena! Keep up the great work! Massive kudos on the way you included the minimon. I’m sure the upcoming sound packs will pay for whatever you gave away 10 fold.
Ok, daaamn... 5/5
The new synth is completely cool.
Keep the updates rollin.
You guys are doin it!
Piano roll, zoom in and out full.
1 or 2 bar count in, on record.
Track panning in mixer.
not working 3/5
When I click the “load” button when I want to load a track it doesn’t work and also some of the other buttons don’t work for me. I don’t know what to do
MiniMon Man! 5/5
I am loving the new MiniMon synth. This app has been consistently great from the beginning. Must have.
Who needs a turntable/laptop when you got Novation? 5/5
By orwell curiel
They finally did it! After using and DJing with Novation’s excellent Launchpad and Bloc Wave, both apps I’ve dumped hundreds of hours into and made hundreds of dollars in DJing, they have released a soft DAW where you can perform on Bass, Synth and Drums.
The three groups are presented with a beautiful, easy to understand GUI and you don’t even need to touch a key with midi sequences pre-loaded when you load a patch. Each expressive, unique soundpack is, once again for Novation, only $1.99 and comes with dozens of inspirational midi sequences for you to build on and you can unlock full effect features for the Synth, Bass and Drums for dirt cheap. Novation seems to really care for the low-funded DJ/Musician/Composer.
Novation makes the best music apps for iOS with the only competition being Apple’s flagship Garageband and Reason’s Figure. If you have even an inkling curiosity in making beats, melodies and basslines, do yourself a favor and download Groovebox, then download every soundpack and app from Novation and support this amazing company!
By Jonnie Sparkel
Update - why are 90% of the sound packs drums??? Still like it but i have enough drums in my life.
No real complaints, specially since I watched blocs wave grow amazingly, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this shapes up.
To people complaining about the price of IAPs, the sound packs are the same price as launch pad, and blocs wave and these apps are so much more stable than anything else I used samples with, PLUS you get patterns with the sounds that help kick start some inspiration.
And I haven't seen the need yet to really update the instruments.
Great app so far 4/5
This is a really inspiring app for sketching out tunes. I appreciate it how well it works on the small screen of the iPhone. The modules sound great too. I gave 4 stars because I feel like it could go from great to exceptional with a couple of additions. Some kind of automation whether like Figure or like Auxy would be very welcome. Also allowing pattern lengths that aren’t a multiple of 4 would really open up the creative potential of the app.
Good app, needs... 4/5
Needs the module user preset saving function!!! Please update!!!!
Makes no sound now 1/5
By Aka monkey dope
The speaker icon is frozen...typical peace Christo
AWESOME mobile music making app 5/5
By Dimitri G.
Am I missing something? There are 2/3 times more drum packs than synth or bass options which is unusual and starting to seem limiting. I’d much rather have more options with melody than an over abundance of slightly different drum sounds.
I think we are good on the drum combos, where are the new bass and synths?
Downloaded this on a whim and have been really impressed and engrossed ever since. Simple layout, great controls and the add-ons are worth the buys but most of all - amazing sounds and songwriting capability. When I'm jamming on an app I want to spend more time playing and developing quickly vs the more precise process on my desktop DAWs and Groovebox lets me do that. Highly recommend.
Only gripes are - transferring the clips to work on in Ableton causes a slight pop sound during the start of each clip.
Also this would be PERFECT if -
- I was able to create a simple timeline of when different tracks come on to capture my layering process.
- The automation and effect tweaks could be recorded or transferred to desktop.
Buy this now, you'll have a blast right away!
Down to three stars... 3/5
By angelo grover
Good app but I am agreeing with Leom187...this needs work to bring it up to speed as a serious tool.
I had to reinstall it after the latest update was hanging in limbo not able to complete (don’t know why). The only saving option(s) are, presumably, to either wave or aac files in any of the three save routes...so only in an audio file format? What good is that? Not exactly the most flexible thing unless loops are as far as an attention span goes or requires. What if I want to transfer a session to Groovebox on another device to work on?
Sorry, I just expect more from Novation because I love their stuff. Is the Amplify division of the company tasked with a focus on making simple little “beat boxes” and an ever increasing streamlined conduit to IAP pre-made loop packs for the masses of ‘djs’?
Really cool app
By Lwate_ br
Good app but needs more options
By Stranger on Public
This app is great, is perfect to me because it works great on those moments when I am not at the studio but i have some cool ideas, I use it as my notebook and then I build all those ideas on my synths, even I think you can get good sounds from it, the sounds included are pretty cool
Nice but can’t save instrument presets 4/5
I’m a fan of Blocs Waves and launchpad, and have bought many iap’s for features and sounds for both, the big disappointment I found with this is that after unlocking the Poly 8, I cant save any presets to use later, which is why I won’t be unlocking any other instruments.
Thanks for the App. 👍🏽 5/5
I really appreciate the Sounds abound...
I heart Novation 5/5
Another wonderfully useful electronic music production app from the lovely folks at Novation. Now that it includes the ability to create scenes it’s even better 👍
Keep up the great work guys!
Great app should get 5/5
I love the app but I would love some free beats and extensions
Really powerful tool and the add-ons are worth the money. parameter automation would be off the hizzy. More new poly-8 and bass sounds please!
Good App But 3/5
I enjoy using the app. I really like the synths that come with with it. My only problem is that whenever I try to drag and extend a note to make it a whole note it moves the actual note instead of extending it.
The Groove is on 5/5
Love this app bringing beats alive simple but creative much love to those who made this possible keep up the much appreciated work.
Groovebox..! Love it 5/5
Hooks up to all my novation products and gives you new ways to create loops n crap
Cool App 5/5
Very Cool app!
Some issues 3/5
It's odd that even with the addition of sections to build longer tracks, there is actually no way of having those sections play in a sequence or export said sequence. Nor can you have different instruments per section. You might as well just create many duplicate projects and vary them as desired. Either way you'd still have to export one section/project at a time. So what's the point? I've also noticed that a lot of the presets sound very similar and yet you are encouraged to buy more even when you can't even save your own presets on the synths, an inexplicable omission for a software synth. Oh and if you are planning on sequencing in the piano roll on iPhone, DONT. The grid can only display 2 beats at once. That's right only 2 beats! Inexcusable considering how many other grid sequencers work great on iPhone.
Does a good job
Such an idea sparker!! 5/5
By Mac Dramastic
Whenever I’m stuck in a beat block situation I can always spark inspiration from Groovebox!! I can easily generate a random groove that helps me move forward with a fresh new idea with regurgitating old melodies and rhythm loops. It’s fun to just mess around with but even better for actually music production. It’s not an all in one DAW but as a sequencer it’s amazing for sparking creativity!!! Plus the extra packs are updated frequently so the sounds always stay fresh! I love it!
Nothing Displayed 3/5
After the iOS 11.1 update I can’t see any news and some projects will not load.
Wow! Powerful app! 5/5
I initially dismissed this app but once I started playing with it I realized it’s nearly limitless potential! It can be used in 3 ways... to generate ideas, to build actual songs or to perform live! For the more causal enthusiast it’s also a great toy just to play with.
One suggestion is please allow export of midi files in general and in export of Ableton files.