FunkBox Drum Machine 4+

Synthetic Bits, LLC

    • $4.99



Funkbox contains all your favorite vintage drum machine sounds in one funky quirky little app! FunkBox is a full featured drum machine that you can use to compose, record and play your songs live. It has been used in the studio by electronic artists such as Gorillaz (on their album “The Fall”) Tom Middleton (Global Communications, Jedi Knights) and Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia), and also by alternative/indie musicians such as tUnE-yArDs, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA), Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), and Reggie Pace (Bon Iver, No BS Brass). It's also been used on stage by rock/pop musicians such as Joan Osborne and Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) live in concert. Its quirky vintage sounds, ease of use and advanced features have made it popular with many musicians worldwide who use it to make all sorts of different styles of music.

FunkBox was featured in Computer Music Magazine's "Amazing Music Apps" special issue and Electronic Musician magazine's "Attack of the Killer Apps" best music tools for the iPad.

FunkBox 4.0 features:
The look, feel, sound and quirks of a classic vintage drum machine.
iOS 10 compatible, iPhone 5 retina graphics compatible, iPad retina graphics compatible.

Universal app that works great on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Buy it once and you can use it on all your iOS devices.
Fourteen classic boxes to choose from, including favorites like the 808, 909, CR-78, LM-2, MRK-2, DX, TOM, and more.

Create your own custom boxes by mix and matching preset samples, or even import and use your own custom samples.
Includes 36 preset rhythm patterns, plus several more bonus banks. Easily edit the included patterns to create your own beats.

Export your drum loops as audio or midi via email, audio pasteboard, or the iTunes folder.
Easily share your custom boxes and patterns via email with your friends, or between your devices.
Use Audiobus 3 and Inter-App Audio to exchange live audio with other apps.

Use Ableton Link or CoreMIDI to sync up with “real” music equipment or other music apps, multi-tasking in the background or on other nearby iOS devices.

Use the bonus MIDI bass sequencer to play a bassline along with your beat using another iOS app or a “real” hardware synth!

…and lots more. Need some old school beats? Grab yourself some funk in a box.

What’s New

Version 4.0.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Fixed bug where Link would disconnect in the background
Fixed bug where IAA transport would appear on iPhone using AudioBus

And everything from 4.0:
iOS 10 compatible
Ableton Link support
AudioBus 3 support
Improved AB state save support
Bluetooth MIDI configuration
Change between patterns in current bank with MIDI in notes
Use MIDI CC for tap tempo
Three new drum boxes, including the Ace Rhythm FR-6
Misc bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Cadesworth ,

Could use an update

As much as I love this app, the sounds can't be customized beyond simple volume and panning. Sound design would be a great inclusion to drum machines like the 909 and the 606, which originally allowed the user to tweak the synthesized sounds they created. If I were able to adjust the tone of a kick drum, or the decay of a snare drum, etc. , I would love the app even more.

Thanks for you time!

Gloomy Bear ,

Great drum machine

Being an “old guy” that once had to shell out hundreds if not thousands of dollars for analog gear, I have to laugh when I see a complaint like the idiot Oonion’s that the app didn’t have a paste feature. Oh , sob sob, I have to enter all 2 bars of a pattern by hand. Talk about spoiled little brats.
This app is wonderful for all that it does. I highly recommend it for use in all sorts of situations. Price is fine. $5, big deal. I spent $6 just the other day on a fruit torte, this app lasts much longer.
Yeah, it won’t make your lunch and clean the house but you’ll have hours of enjoyable beat making. Yeah it has limitations but that’s the beauty of a specific piece of gear, you work within those parameters.
Just get it, and make some music.

theOtherWB ,

SoEZ to use !! Painless rendering!

I use it every day. It's the Swiss Army knife of beats. Not only that, it sounds amazing. I find it has a place in so many tracks I never expected. A crucial "layer" to have for anyone recording on an iPad or PC. Rendering to wav and getting it to a universal location is the easiest I've seen. U can email yourself the wav and get it from anywhere. With all the Dropbox drive iCloud crud they make you use. This one at least puts that back in your hands. And it sounds awesome as is very easy to use. Sly stone. Phil Collins. How about the Em-u or HR16B? It's a fabulous app. The best things in life are simple and appreciated. This app is that.

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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