Mazetools Mutant 4+

Multiperspective Music


Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 27 Ratings
    • $4.99



Create your own beat loops and melodies. Play live synth, drum, sampler loops with effects on the square surfaces of an interactive Hypercube.

Key Features
- 7 Cubes with different settings as starting point for your Session
- Interactive, quantized Loop-Machine within the Cube-Cell
- 7 Instruments with sequenced based note input, envelope, filter & effects
- 4 different synth, 2 drum sequencers, 1 sampler with slice, granular & pitch shift mode
- Sample library with user file integration
- Cross-Instrument key interface to define chords & scales
- Main FX Interface to perform a Snapshot playlist incl. Echo, Reverb, Reverser, Note Envelope & Flanger

- Snapshot principle: keeps track of the recorded loop
- Snapshot list can be used like a playlist of the different loops
- Save Session to save the Snapshot list
- Interactive Cube-Cell navigation to switch from one Cell to another & change the musical perspective in key, tempo & pitch
- Snapshot Cloud: Load your snapshot into a 3D cloud defined by the characteristics of mood, energy and texture
- Interactive cloud navigation and Snapshot filtering by author, key & tempo
- Snapshot Mutation Interface to merge two Snapshot and create infinite new perspectives

- Audio Record as .wav file
- Ableton Link
- Audiobus & Inter-App Audio (experimental)
- Setup Menu to define graphic and sound quality setting
- Main zoom to customize the general size of the interface
- In-App Guide

Mazetools Mutant lets you make music in loops. On a square surface you play synths, drums, sampler, sequencer, filters and effects. Together, all the instruments form the Hypercube. Hyper- What?. The Hypercube is a space that changes your music multiperspectively....

The principle
Think of a record player, play the vinyl from 33 to 45 and everything sounds higher and faster. Conversely from 45 to 33 everything sounds slower and lower. It remains the same song, only the conditions are changed. Mutant works in a similar way. You play in a beat loop, then turn the Hypercube and hear everything from new perspectives.

According to this principle, new ideas and results emerge in the musical process. These don't have to reach perfection. Mutant stands for experimenting, making loops and exploring sound, it's the session, the moment and an audio recording that counts.

From Snapshots to Cloud Mutation
To capture the loops you've created, take a snapshot - an anchor point with all the instruments that you can always return to.

Load your snapshot into the cloud and locate it in three dimensions with Mood, Energy & Structure. If you then select another snapshot, it will be mutated in certain ways and many new perspectives will emerge.

Play together
In Collaboration Mode, two Mutant users can make music together via local network. All inputs are transmitted live and the people each play instruments or effects.

App information
We do our best to avoid bugs, often enough they drive us crazy or were disappointed when a moment was lost. But at some point it has to go out and after the update before the update. So feel free to write us bugs and problems, definitely also if you made a song or video.
The cloud is offline, but technically designed to be part of an online cloud for own user data and content sharing in the future. It was created as part of the Mazetools Assist research project. You can read more about it at
Mutant requires the microphone for audio recording, the local files to store projects and recordings, and the network for Collab Mode and Ableton Link.
Much more content, terms of use, credits and FAQ are in the app in the Guide and can be found in the app's Start-Up menu.

About Mazetools
Empowering creativity, democratizing musical expression and making it inclusive - how does that work? These are the questions that keep us busy. Mutant is a further step in the process, alongside Soniface, and provides important points of contact through the multitouch-based loop principle, the change of perspective and the cloud. But we want to go further - with you and the community.

Have a good time with Mutant,
Stephan & Jakob

What’s New

Version 1.0500

- Improved app performance, audio quality
- Snapshot Cloud: to load Snapshot into a 3D cloud (offline) defined by perception features mood, energy & structure
- Interactive cloud navigation and Snapshot filtering by author, key & tempo
- Snapshot Mutation Interface to merge two Snapshots
- Improved Setup Interface
- New Guide, improved in-app help in english & german
- Background Audio, Inter-App Audio & Audiobus (experimental)

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Sunjumbolo ,


gr8 app and wonderful design. The flaws for me are that the buttons are finicky and don't always work. When I save a composition it doesnt actually save anything i did it just resets when i load it. That's all I can think of, if the developers could fix these issues i think this app will b more than worth the money.

Developer Response ,

Hi, thanks for your feedback. We working on better design for smartphones. You can make snapshots to hold your current as often you like. If you like to save the project, tap on save on the bottom menu or go to Sessions and save it there. Otherwise you record your composition to a wav file. Kind regards

James Wilcox ,

Great design, really complicated

1. Drummer for 24 years so creating beats to a click is Kind of what i do... there’s a latency with this app. You turn on a click when trying to play the drums to it, you tap and about 1-2miliseconds later it responds there for your beat is never on the rhythm you want it to be on. Especially if already have a melody going and are trying to play to said melody.

2. The “clear” buttons are confusing, “clear all” seems to do nothing and “clear” workers but there now way of knowing what your clearing as far as what part of the loop you just created....

3. How can you start over??? I looked for about 20 min and maybe I missed something but I simply couldn’t find anywhere to just start fresh with the same sounds I was working with. I had to use the “clear” button and click it a million times till everything was gone.

There is some seriously amazing functionality and fun with the overall concept but for me it’s really confusing and could use a lot of streamlining to make it more user friendly. If there is anyone that can help that would be awesome, but again no “help” buttons a ay here just the “guide” but that doesn’t explain anything but what the buttons do.

Developer Response ,

Hi! Thanks for your feedback. You're right, documentation, some key functions and tutorials still need to be improved. It's still confusing to read in the guide and have no option to switch to the function directly to try it. That will be improved in the future. Nevertheless the most of your questions are explained with the guide...
The visual interface causes an extra amount of graphic performance, what makes it difficult to reach such low latency like a sound app with a static UI, but it depends also on the device, so on older ones latency is higher on newer ones is faster. It still have capacity to get better. A trick is to swipe inside the play area...

2. Like in the guide explained, you have 7 instruments, each got its controller section to enable several input. the "clear" button clears the values of one controller, "clear all" deletes the values all controllers of an instrument. You have to tap twice to confirm the clear action.

3. There are two methods (you can also find in the guide): inside the cell editor there is a button "clear states", which deletes all values of a cell, but keeps the snapshots. The second way is to got to "Session" and tap on "reset" to start from the scratch (deletes also the snapshots).

We really appreciate your feedback, because it forces us to improve the user experience and make it a better product. Cheers!

feral$$ ,

Tactile and intuitive complex system

Even though the app crashed when the program first arrived on my iPad the company immediately addressed the issue and now it works really well on iOS 12 for an iPad. Just play with, as if you spend time you’ll find its very intuitive even in its complex arrangements and shifting portals. Cool synth to add to my mix of other compositional tools.

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