Patterning 3 : Drum Machine 4+

Revolutionary Rhythms

Olympia Noise Co.

    • 4.4 • 27 Ratings
    • $29.99

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Patterning 3 elevates the award-winning circular drum machine experience to new heights. Building on the intuitive interface and deep feature set that made Patterning a favorite among producers, version 3 introduces groundbreaking enhancements that redefine rhythm creation.

New Features Include:

• AUv3 Support: Patterning 3 now operates seamlessly as an Audio Unit v3 (AUv3) plugin, integrating into DAWs like Logic, AUM, and Loopy Pro. This major upgrade opens up new realms of production possibilities, allowing Patterning 3 to be part of a broader sound design workflow. Includes multi-out and MIDI.

• Parametric Swing: A revolutionary approach to musical swing, Patterning 3’s Parametric Swing allows for the creation of beats with a unique, dynamic feel—from slightly off-kilter to wildly erratic. Unlike traditional drum machine swing that only offsets every other 16th note, Parametric Swing lets you tilt and curve time in unprecedented ways.

• Pattern Fills: Add a new layer of performance dynamics. With the press of a button, users can inject an alternate "fill" version of their pattern, perfect for adding dramatic flair or transitioning between sections of a song.

• Modulation Sources: Expand your sonic palette with new LFOs, Randomizers, and Velocity Macros that allow parameters to pulse, evolve, and react in complex ways.

• FX Track: Automate and modulate master effects, including delay, reverb, distortion, and EQ. New controls like EQ stereo spread, Distortion Res, and a master compressor have also been added.

• ALT: Quickly access advanced parameters, modulation sources, and assignments, along with quick mute/solo controls, copy/paste, and more.

• Nudge and Quantize: Apply timing offsets to each step or automatically when recording to create organic, off-the-grid beats. Alternatively, use Quantize to align your beats to the grid.

• New Instrument Effects: The sampler now includes Ring Modulation and Distortion for each track, adding new textural possibilities.

• Timeline Updates: A reworked timeline interface facilitates quicker song creation, looping of sections, and switching between multiple timelines.

• Improved Workflow: Enhancements in sequencing, editing, automation access, and MIDI Learn make your workflow smoother than ever. File management using the FILES app provides easier access to your files and samples. New color themes for customizing app appearance.

Patterning 3 continues to support indispensable features like quick pattern recording, parameter automation and randomization, and full song arrangement. The built-in effects, direct export to an Ableton Live Set (including a access to Ableton Live Lite), MIDI connectivity, and access to a vast library of 650+ user-created drum kits remain integral to its production environment.

With Patterning 3, the future of beat-making is not just about creating rhythms; it's about discovering new musical landscapes.

Praise for Patterning 1 & 2
Patterning was named Runner-Up for App Store App of the Year (iPad) by Apple in 2015.

“10/10” -

“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 3.0.5

New Features :
- Added Search in Sample Library.
- Added “Lock DrumKit Parameters” option for selectively loading samples, mix, MIDI or FX parameters from a stored drum kit. Available from the Current Drum Kit drop down menu. More info in the “Current Drum Kits Menu” section of the user manual.

Bug Fixes :
- Fix issues where duplicate samples may get created when importing a song or drum kit from a file.
- Fixed issue that could cause MIDI Clock Send and Receive to not work.
- Fixed issue with tempo while using audio export inside AU.
- Other performance enhancements and UI tweaks.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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It’s not working as a AUv3 plugin in GarageBand, there is no sound. Also there has to be a feature added that can make Patterning 3 go full screen so the keyboard doesn’t get in the way.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the report! This is fixed now in version 3.0.3! Let me know if you run into any issues.

fgjyfdf ,

Don’t know what’s the problem

2018 iPad Pro 1TB 12.9". App midi locks in beatmaker 3 . Don’t know who’s at fault. Don’t care who’s at fault anymore. Most apps function properly in BM3, if it don’t work, I don’t need it. The app is AMAZING but I can’t use it in BM3. Been returning apps lately after ios17 update. I’m about to give up on this iOS apple platform for the lack of quality control and lack of apple \ developer communication. I have a severe urge to cry from anger and frustration after years of music making on iOS. It’s destroyed. Where’s the accountability? Sorry guys. Your app is great in LogicPro for ipad2.
Update…. It don’t work in Cubasis 3 for more than a minute. Just stops the transport.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the report! The latest update fixes the issues in Beatmaker 3. Let me know if you encounter any more issues! - Ben

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A worthy update to a classic app!

Beautifully implemented sequencer UI, lots of great features to introduce entropy, and a HUGE library of drumkits. Patterning 3 adds AUv3 support, bringing this classic app fully into the modern era of iPad music making. For some reason, recording MIDI into Logic Pro doesn’t work for me, but the developer has been shipping bug fixes at a furious pace, so I expect it will be dealt with soon!

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