"Hook is exactly what the doctor ordered. Many apps came close but you nailed it." —DJ puzzle
"Hook is definitely the most fun I've had making music on iOS. The sampling options are vast and the editing is intuitive. It's connectivity and versatility makes it a powerful performance tool and production sketchbook." — Starkey
5 STARS "Most impressive DJ mashup & sampler / editor I've seen on iOS so far! It's like the best of all other apps combined in one and all of the latest developments integrated like recording or importing ur own music and inter-app audio." — App Store Review
Hook is a new music performance, mashup, and DJ app for iPhone and iPad. Arrange and trigger loops on a grid and create dynamic, expressive transitions with the Flux Fader — a multitouch "smart crossfader" that allows you to expressively make transitions between any combination of tracks/cells on the fly. The Flux Fader includes a two-axis control with 9 riser synths, glitch and gate effects, tempo-synced filter sweeps, an EQ, beat drop, tape stop, and filter drop. Combining all these to make transitions is the heart of playing live with Hook. Hook includes a full editor complete with auto transient slicing and waveform editing. Tight integration with AudioCopy makes it easy to drop in your own loops and sounds from other apps.
Real creative power can be found in the integrated sampler — record from mic/line, other apps via inter-app audio, and grab hooks from iTunes and Spotify. Change tempo in real time, and keep all your hooks in sync. Hook is a killer mashup tool with a full mixer, tons of tracks, integrated FX bus, per-cell fx, transpose, time stretching, tuning, timing and trigger settings, and more. Imagine the clip launching capabilities of Ableton Live in a futuristic multitouch environment.
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Ratings and Reviews
It's a start...
I love how you can label your track columns, and how the cell matrix is much larger than that of your typical 4 x 4 MPC. Being able to see the file names while simultaneously seeing the loop progress bar for each cell is also nice. It's a lot of fun playing around with the demo projects, and using the gate and beat-repeat FX. There are a lot of great features for the price. However, poor latency is a big issue for me. Additionally, importing sounds is very cumbersome, especially since inter-app importability is not 100% functional. And lastly, the time-stretch feature seems flawed. I had difficulty syncing loops that were originally recorded with different tempos.
Turns iPad into a live instrument
I come from a live instrumentation background (played guitar mandolin and fiddle in bands) and while I've enjoyed making electronic music, I've avoided getting serious about it cuz I don't want to bring a laptop on stage and just press play and jump around. Hook allows me to actually "play" my songs live. I can mess up or end up in a hole, and I need that threat to feel satisfied when I pull it off! It can be buggy, crash or exhibit weird behavior - but it's still pretty new, they're working on new updates all the time, and no instrument is perfect - how many times have you broken a string on your guitar on the first song of the set?
Great start, couple things I would love to see.
1. Set key key metadata if none exists. I know the key of my loops since I made them, would love to be able to tell the app. Kind of a must even.
2. MIDI control over the cells, I know that was not in the original plan but I would like to use my launch pad with it.
3. Inter app audio recording in the same way that iMPC Pro does it. As in, being able to hear your track play while recording. I'm not sure why it's not like that.
Anyway great work, keep it up!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.