Groovebox - Beat Synth Studio 4+

Make Music & Play Instruments

Focusrite Audio Engineering

    • 4.7 • 4.1K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Horizon is the new ambient polyphonic synth for Groovebox. With lush pads, dreamy melodies and analogue organs, Horizon is the soundtrack to your dreams.

If you love making electronic music, you’ll love Groovebox. Enter an inspiring world of music production on your iPhone & iPad.

Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Four powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio.

Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics.

Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Automate the parameters over time to create a vibrant dynamics. Control your sound with the multi-channel mixer (iPad only), note sequencer, key and scale modes. Build your arrangements into songs with sections. Export your sounds easily to a laptop for further production. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.
• Discover and build ideas - Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
• Play touchable instruments - Create your own melodies and beats
• Five powerful instruments - Drumbox, Horizon, MiniMon, RetroBass and Poly-8
• Build beats - Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
• Arrange your tracks - Simple song-building using sections
• Create dynamic changes - Record synth parameters as automation
• Sound innovation - Instruments developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
• Expand your sounds - Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
• Production-ready sounds - Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
• Extendable Instruments - Expose more tweakable synth controls
• Sequence your music - Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
• Stay in time and key - Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
• Share your music - Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
*Requires In-App Purchase

• Jam with others - Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
• Swing - Instantly add swing to your session.
• Ableton Export - Easily send your project to Ableton Live
• Full scale support - All keys and major, minor and modes supported
• Project management - Rename, duplicate and delete
• iPad Pro support - Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
• Send your ideas to a laptop - Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
• Bluetooth speaker supported

What’s New

Version 2.10.4

This version contains bug fixes & technical improvements.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.1K Ratings

4.1K Ratings

Leom187 ,

I’m now in love with this

The synths sound great, the drums sound great, I’m getting awesome, warm and punchy mixes with this right in the app. The only things I’d ask for at this point is a dedicated export to Launchpad for easily transitioning into a performance space so as to perform the sections into a song and add the wonderful Launchpad effects. And more machines please!

Also, and this should be very simple and helpful, it would be great if mutes were active/inactive PER section rather than globally. I always get confused duplicating a section and then wanting to mute a track just for that section only to realize that I can’t and have to then mute/unmute just to decide which pattern(s) to delete for that section. Then of course if I change my mind, the pattern is gone, so now I have to go to another section and copy/paste the original back in. It makes the arrangement process far more tedious than need be. Mutes per section would solve all of this. Thanks for the great app and I hope to see another machine soon! Maybe something dedicated to big, textured sounds for pads and morphing leads.

Cameron0208 ,

Desperately needs an actual song/live mode

I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what problem ‘Sections’ solves. Sections can only be duplicates of other sections. Whereas they should exist and operate independently of one another, meaning each section can have its own set of tracks/instruments/sounds, that’s not the case here. If you delete an instrument in one section, it’s deleted from all sections. If you change the instrument in one section, it changes for every section. If you change the tempo or key in one section, it changes them for all sections. If you mute a track in one section, it’s muted in all sections. Again—what problem does this feature solve? If we can essentially only duplicate sections, why have the feature at all? We could simply just loop one section endlessly… It’s extremely frustrating that this basic functionality is missing from the app. I don’t understand how any musician could develop this app and not realize this. Took me less than five minutes to need the feature only to realize it doesn’t exist… Numerous users have mentioned needing this feature in their reviews, yet after many years, still nothing. That’s just a slap in the face to your users and keeps this from ever being an actual, serious tool.

Strizbiz ,

Love it, but it’s missing one thing

Even though I really feel like developers don’t really read these or care much about what their customers want I’ll still leave my two cents….. Groovebox is one of my favorite IPad apps hands down , partly because of its ability to export projects to Ableton and partly or mostly because of its sounds. I love all the synths and definitely recommend unlocking them. The available iap presets are great and very affordable. The mixer is barebones, no panning or eq, compression or anything but it’s ok because I really don’t mix in Groovebox. I love the sounds but one things missing.
Bread and butter sounds, like pianos, organs, acoustic guitars, strings, etc. I think it would be amazing if there were a couple more instruments available, a pcm instrument with Gm sounds and a sampler, a good sampler with slicing capabilities. Not limiting it to 8 tracks would be nice too. 16 tracks would be more than enough for me. I hope the developers read this but if not, it’s all good, this is still a great app.

Developer Response ,

Hey Strizbiz, it's been a while but just thought we'd let you know that we've implemented saving presets this in the latest update and we'd love to hear your feedback! Thanks //Will

In-App Purchases

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Cinematic Dubstep
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Retro House
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Dynamic Dancehall
Vibrant and energetic drum textures.
Hard EDM
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Classic Jazz
A timeless toolkit of acoustic Jazz.

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