Patterning 2 : Drum Machine 4+

Circular Drum Machine

Olympia Noise Co.

    • 4.8 • 501 Ratings
    • $4.99

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Patterning 2 is the next generation of the award-winning circular drum machine. Named Apple's Runner-Up for App of the Year in 2015, Patterning lets you create beats like never before in a beautiful, intuitive interface that is both easy to use and brimming with features for the experienced producer.

Make dynamic drum patterns with the swipe of a finger. Quickly record rhythms and parameter automation. Use Patterning’s independent loop settings to explore rhythmic possibilities impossible to achieve in traditional sequencers. Automate and randomize parameters to create intricate & complex beats. Arrange patterns on the timeline to construct songs. Use the built-in effects to add atmosphere, shimmer and noise. 

Export patterns directly to a Ableton Live Set, Audio Loops, or connect to other instruments with MIDI.  

Includes a free download of Ableton Live Lite 11! Available from the EXPORT menu on the FILE screen.

Download hundreds of free factory and user-created drum kits for use in your own songs using Cloud Kits.

Some of what’s new in Patterning 2 :

• Record Beats with the New Drum Pads
• Drum Kit Switching
• Randomize (Almost) Everything
• Next Generation Ratcheting
• Automation Recording
• Coarse Tune & MIDI Note Quantization
• Quantized Pattern Launch
• Monophonic/Polyphonic tracks
• Keyboard Shortcuts
• Sample Folders
• Loop Rotate
• Pattern Tempo Changes
• Divide Mode Measure Length
• New Automation Layers : Randomization, Ratcheting, MIDI CCs, and more.
• Ableton Link Start/Stop
• MIDI Learn Recording
• MIDI Drum Triggering
• MIDI Only Tracks
• Unlimited MIDI CC Outputs
• MIDI Gate Length Automation
• Under the Hood Performance Improvements
• Workflow Enhancements
• And more…

For a full list of new and existing features, visit

Praise for Patterning : Drum Machine :

“Patterning is brilliant; beautiful to look at, so very clever in terms of the programming options and, as far as I’m aware, unique as a drum/rhythm programming environment” - MusicAppBlog

“Patterning is an amazingly fun and creative app …The look, feel and layout are all first rate and the sounds are excellent. Even beginners will be able to create something that sounds cool, and more experienced users will be able to put together some amazing beats complete with automation and per-drum settings the likes of which you usually need a full DAW setup for.” - AskAudio

“I had thought all my iOS drum box desires were satisfied, but I was wrong. There’s room for another and this is it. Patterning has many unique strengths, and beats any hardware drum machine when it comes to polyrhythms and evolving patterns. It’s as mesmerizing to watch as it is to listen to.” - Sound on Sound

What’s New

Version 2.2.21

Fix a crash on iOS 12.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
501 Ratings

501 Ratings

Matreve ,

Bravo! This is the best drum machine / sequencer app ever.

I can’t even describe how much I love this clever app. Some other apps are good but rarely do they actually fit the creative music making process. This app is extremely intuitive (perhaps with the exception of the “song” section), flexible and musical. The spinning pattern is a great idea, it makes visualizing and understanding the rhythm so much easier. The user created drum kits sound great and are very diverse. Patterning is one of those apps you hope never goes away. Bravo!

Great update with the “pages” feature. At first I was worried that it meant that you can no longer have patterns with more than 16 steps displayed on one circle/page, but the implementation of the “pages” feature is brilliant and allows customization. I thought it was impossible to improve this app but the developer managed to do so.

Aesop ,

My #1 for years

… and about to become my sequencing choice for a hybrid modular setup. One feature request if possible-allow arbitrary editing of midi ‘learned’ control note assignments for pattern changes. Currently (I think) midi learning the note is the only way.
This is fine if one wants to set up patterns before a jam, but if eg you wanted to duplicate a pattern to develop it while jamming, you’d have to set up a scenario where the pattern change note could be received. If one was able to just write it in that would give more flexibility: I could duplicate a running pattern, make my edits, then assign a pattern change control note to it by typing it in, then switch to the new pattern when I’m ready to.

Developer Response ,

Hey - I’m curious to hear more about your feature request — reach out via email or instagram so we can chat about it.

Thirdnail ,

Although a great concept and perfect marriage…

It seems to have lost something for me… Pattern (the first app) just appealed to me in every way. Simple on the surface and very deep once you explore. I loved the magic of that initial release, and still do. But because I have an iPad Pro I figured I would go ahead and get Pattern 2 because of landscape mode. But felt let down when basically it’s just an iPad version, of the Pattern 1. There were NO new drums or Pattern 2 exclusive drums, so a little let down.
Yes there are some extra features, as there is when buying an iPad app, and getting the free iPhone version.

If you already have the iPhone version, and you love it, maybe just stick with the free iPhone version.
***I will say I didn’t mind paying the developer for his/her work and hours spent on these apps! It was WELL worth the money!

App Privacy

The developer, Olympia Noise Co., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

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

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