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

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
39 Ratings

39 Ratings


I love this app. Needs one more feature.

Over all this is a nice drum machine app. User friendly. Nice authenticity. Stable.

There's one feature that would just make it perfect. Drum pitch and tuning. Being able to Automate that would make it even better!

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.

Azirophale ,

Super Wonderful

Incredibly great drum machine for a few bucks. (Not sure of current price , as I installed it a few months ago.) Exceptionally easy to use and provides emulations of many favorite and very popular classic drum machines.
Just plain fantastic!!! How they can offer this for almost nothing is a mystery, as it is better than just about any other drum machine I have found. The simplicity and exceptional sound make it a pure joy to use. And it looks sooooo good....
Fantastic job of design and programming, guys.


Synthetic Bits, LLC
59.1 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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