Patterning 2 : Drum Machine 4+

Award Winning Drum Machine

Olympia Noise Co.

    • 4.8 • 411 Ratings
    • $14.99

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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 10! 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 2.2.15

Minor layout changes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

petereddmusic ,

Late to the party

I was looking for a go-to app for drum machine sampling etc. After spending serious time with Digitakt, Drumbrutes and Korgs, I thought that the technology in my ipad could get me close to filling my needs for creative beats, rhythms etc. using a combination of analog-type sampled sounds and unique sound sculpting. I write all this for those who may be thinking similarly.

I have used every single drum app and found myself constantly disappointed over the course of a few years of testing (and paying $$$ for) many other recommended apps. I had stayed away from Patterning for really no good reason. Maybe the circular workflow gave me pause?

The app is fantastic. You will come up with organic rhythms using intuitive features. Polyrhythms and automation along with 500-plus-step patterns (if you want) and the ability to rotate each track are exciting tools. And there are downloadable kits shared by users that sound great as well. Take my money and I will gladly purchase version 3 when it is available.

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.

capedape ,

Love the app hate one thing

Have used the original forever. Picked this up on sale and figured I’d be able to get folders of samples imported easier. I have a very organized sample library from a couple decades of music making. I wanted to get those in and saw Dropbox is the way for bulk import with Patterning. So last night drag n dropped a folder from Sample library in files app to Dropbox within another Files app instance. It said waiting. This morning it was still waiting so I compressed folders of the sample library and airdropped to Mac put in Dropbox. When trying to import get file name too long errors for file names such as “snare_19” huh?
I’ve spent 5 hours Renaming and still getting these errors. TLDR can we please get a patterning folder exposed in the files app on my iPad section so we can simply drag and drop to there? This Dropbox stuff is :/ Still love this app, but these got to be a better way to get folders in bulk.

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

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