Patterning for iPhone 4+

Drum Machine

Olympia Noise Co.

    • $4.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Working on an iPad? Get Patterning 2 instead for heaps of additional features.

PATTERNING, the award winning circular drum machine, is now available on iPhone in a streamlined, phone-optimized form.

As beautiful as it is powerful, Patterning is a deep and flexible drum machine unlike any you’ve encountered before. With its elegant circular interface, Patterning transforms your phone into a seriously inspiring tool for making beats.

Create dynamic drum patterns with the swipe of a finger. Make evolving, poly-metric rhythms, four-on-the-floor dance party jams, or laid back R&B grooves. Use Patterning’s independent loop settings to explore untapped rhythmic possibilities. Automate parameters to create intricate & complex beats. Record beats. Choose from hundreds of free factory and user created drum kits. Connect to your rig with Inter-App Audio, MIDI, and Ableton Link. Export your beats to perfect audio loops or directly to an Ableton Live Set.

Patterning for iPhone gives you access to the most popular and useful features of the full Patterning 2 for on-the-go beat making.

8 Independent Loops Per Pattern
Unlimited Patterns
Automation Layers like Coarse Tune, Ratcheting, and more.
MIDI Output
Export to Ableton Live Set - Comes with Ableton Live 11 Lite
Export Perfect Audio Loops in WAV or AIFF format, Stereo or Multitrack Output
Export Songs to Patterning 2
Import Songs and Drumkits from Patterning 2 (some limitations apply)
Ableton Link
MIDI Clock Send and Receive
Inter-App Audio Clock
Multi-track Inter-App Audio Output
Hundreds of free factory and user created drum kits
Quantize Pattern Launch
Haptic Feedback!

And more!

Important Note for iPad owners ----- Please check out Patterning 2 if you wish to use this app on the iPad. Patterning 2 is the full-featured, full-screen, big sibling to this phone version, and includes many, many, many additional features. The phone version is streamlined and simplified to fit on your phone's screen.

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

Fix issue that could cause layout problems on iOS15

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

n8w610! ,

Bit of a learning curve…worth it

This was one of those apps that initially I downloaded on a whim, played with for a bit, scratched my head, and moved on. Seemed like a neat idea, but I had no clue how to use it. After a few months I revisited it, took a little time to learn it, and became quite impressed. The ability to tweak the f out of time signatures per track is amazing on its own. Velocity editing and ratcheting is great. This app is extremely flexible in how beats can be programmed.
I do wish there was the ability to build your own kit, and saving/exporting is not that intuitive, but the rest of the app still merits 5 stars.

Ond4 ,

So much fun

This app helped me get out of a creative slump!!!! I’m a former student of one of the creators of this app and I knew it would be cool, but I didn’t expect it to have so many options for saving and exporting— I can just create and save a sick pattern, export to Ableton, and manipulate clips and record even more with less effort than an entirely new Ableton project. Really awesome for those of us who are rusty with DAWs. Can’t wait to make more music!!!!!

Redshifts ,


I paid for this app because there was no demo. The features seem impressive at first glance but due to the fact that there is a 16 step limit to patterns you can’t build loops up. Really a design flaw.

If you want to put 8th notes or 16th notes in a pattern then you will be limited only 16 steps of 8th notes or whatever increment you chose. This is problematic and you can only begin to understand how limiting it is once you begin to build patterns.

For example: If you set your kick pattern to 8th notes and your hihat pattern to 16th notes, your hihat pattern will play through twice before a single bar has passed. So you can really only design 2 beats of your bar and it will just repeat itself to finish out the bar.

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

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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