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.

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,

Patterning was created by Olympia Noise Co., makers of Chordion, App Store Editor’s Choice in 23 Countries.

Works with iPad 2 and newer.
For a complete list of specifications, please visit

What's new in version 1.0.6

• Ableton Link! Ableton Link is a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network. Learn more about Ableton Link :
• iPad Pro support.
• Restores Dropbox support on iOS 9.
• Other bug fixes & stability improvements.

• Fixes a bug that could cause a crash on launch in certain situations.

Important! Patterning will update the database on first launch. This may take up to a minute or two to complete. Hang tight!

This is (mostly) a bug fix update. New features are up next.

Sample Library
• Deleting samples is now possible. Tap “EDIT” in the sample library then select the samples you’d like to delete.
• Batch import of samples from iTunes File Sharing as an import option. Drag your samples / folders into Patterning’s iTunes Files Sharing Documents folder, then choose the import option to quickly move all your samples into your library.
• Ability to rename samples.
• Crop to new sample. Use sample start/end points as crop points for a new sample!
• Added sample use policy. See “i” on help screen.
• Improvements to sample search speed.
• Improvements to memory usage, particularly when using large samples on multiple tracks.
• Fixed a bug that could cause the app to crash with certain (long) audio files.
• Fixed bug which caused CHH and OHH sample folders to be swapped.
• Added warning for loading large audio files (> 5 MB)

Other fixes & additions
• Fixed some issues with scrolling and zooming in timeline.
• Fixed bug which caused MIDI note names in lowest octave to be incorrectly displayed.
• Stability improvements
• Added cancel option when deleting songs.
• Added cancel option when opening/creating new song.
• Fixed bug which could cause Patterning to be unable to launch in Inter App Audio host apps.
• Fixed bug which caused MIDI Clock to send even when disabled.
• Added “Send Always” option for MIDI clock sync.
• Use “Open In” from other apps to import custom artwork for your drumkit.
• Renamed “EUCLIDEAN MODE” to “DIVIDE MODE” to avoid confusion.

• Updated to latest version of Audiobus (2.2.2)
• Updated to latest version of the Spectacular Sync Engine.
• Minor fixes for iOS9.


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Version 1.0.6 – February 13, 2016 at 10:33 AM