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Find Your Creative Flow

Roland Zenbeats is a music creation app that keeps you in an effortless artistic flow. Get started on any device or platform. With its collection of both modern and legendary sounds, Zenbeats brings Roland’s history of innovation into a new, accessible format.

Music Shouldn’t Feel Like Work—It Should Feel Like Play

Whether you’re an emerging musician or an established producer, Zenbeats makes music creation easy. Make beats, access lessons, and sample the world around you. Wherever you are, no matter what platform or device you use, capture your creative spark with Zenbeats.

The Next Generation of Sound

ZC1 is a new plug-in synthesizer using Roland’s ZEN-Core Synthesis System. Available in Zenbeats as a free instrument, ZC1 has 60 presets and a sleek touch-based interface. Use the XY pad for Resonance and Cutoff or other parameters. Plus, unlock ZC1 to share sounds with ZENOLOGY and ZEN-Core-compatible hardware and get around 900 additional preset tones and 90 built-in MFX effects. ZC1 is only available on 64-bit platforms

Fresh Sounds—Fresh Ideas

The Zenbeats Store is packed with sounds, loops, and creative tools to expand your musical palette. Whatever mood you’re after, the choices are there. Sort by genre or dial in a hyper-specific style to find your sound.

Touch the Future

Optimized for touch, Zenbeats arrives pre-loaded with on-screen controllers, instruments, and effects. Tap, swipe, modulate, and pitch bend sounds using gestures with on-screen instruments.

Sample the Universe

SampleVerse is a powerful tool to play, edit, and capture sounds from your world. With its phrase arpeggiator, multiple oscillators, note expression (MPE), and extensive filters, SampleVerse makes musical possibilities infinite.

Beatmaking Bliss

Roland Zenbeats provides access to extensive beatmaking tools and comes stocked with a collection of kits and pattern presets. Craft powerful rhythms with classic Roland sounds, studio kits, and grooves.

Bring It All Together

Helping artists come together and shape their sound is the most powerful feeling you know. It should be easy, intuitive, natural. It’s a zen thing. Easy transfer between phone, tablet, and desktop makes the distance between you and your finished product even shorter

Beginner’s Mind Meets Professional Power

If you’re new to producing or beat-making, you’ll love the intuitive workflow features like beat-sync and key-lock. They let you quickly capture ideas, regardless of skill level. And the in-app lessons help you hit the ground running and steadily gain confidence.”

If you’re experienced in music production, you’ll appreciate the multi-platform plugin support and professional tools like SampleVerse, Loopbuilder, ZC1, and more. There’s even a mixer view featuring a master channel with global options to view your track's volume, effects and sends.

Free or Unlock: The Choice is Yours

With the free version of Zenbeats, you get music production essentials plus the ability to purchase additional loops and presets in the Zenbeats In-App Store. When you’re ready to expand, there are two ways to unlock the full Zenbeats experience:

Platform Unlock: Get all features, instruments, and effects on your favorite platform devices. Includes: 2,500+ presets, loops and sounds (1.5 GB), full ZC1 synthesizer with 90 built-in MFX, full SampleVerse modular synthesizer with editor, AUv3 plugin support, and unlimited mixing and export capabilities.

Ultimate Unlock: Get all features, instruments, effects, and store packs on all platforms and devices. Includes: 10,000+ presets, loops, and sounds (7 GB), full ZC1 synthesizer with 90 built-in MFX, full SampleVerse modular synthesizer with editor, AUv3 support, and unlimited mixing and export capabilities.

Get Zenbeats Ultimate Unlock with new Roland Cloud Membership options, now available in-app.

All memberships come with Zenbeats Ultimate Unlock for as little as $2.99 USD per month.

What’s New

Version 2.2.0

Zenbeats 2.2.0

Get Zenbeats Ultimate Unlock with new Roland Cloud Membership options, now available in-app.
Bug Fixes and Enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

angelo grover ,

Roland...you sneaky little devils

You guys are on fire! This came outta nowhere. I like the tie-in with the whole “Zen” thing on your currently announced batch of pro synths. How far you gonna take Zenbeats? Can you make it deep for professionals? I am rooting Roland on!

Important question: does this sequence external gear? Hope it does. Having Midi learn is one thing...sending midi note/cc data out is another

Only sucky thing: I couldn’t just apply/merge my Rolandcloud account with the Backstage (or whatever) account...unless I am missing something.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much! We are glad that you are enjoying Zenbeats. The Mac and PC versions of Zenbeats provide MIDI out to sequence external gear. Stay tuned for further updates and maximized integration for other Roland accounts.

Codowlsky Polopumus ,

This thing is amazing now. The amount of improvement is staggering!

Let me start out by saying Ive been checking in on this app off and on for maybe 6-8 months (just a best guess). My first impression was “ah, this is awesome - real potential here”. But then the bugs and crashes and freezes got me.

I’ve checked back maybe every 45 days or something since then and it’s just been rock solid, steady improvement after steady improvement after steady improvement. I think I own just about every music production app worth owning on iOS these days (and scores of apps not worth owning!) and I have to say, never before have I ever seen an app improve consistently like this. Ever. No where even close that I can think of. This thing has just gotten better and better and better. Now it’s super stable, reliable, powerful and for my money, the best tool for top to bottom on iOS at the moment. I said it. I believe it.

I’m all about Roland these days, extremely refreshing, extremely impressive. This brand has earned my respect and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

Developer Response ,

Hi Codowlsky,

Thanks for taking the time to review. We'd love to hear more about your frustration points. Contact us at https://www.roland.com/backstage/#/zenbeats-support and we'll be here to listen.

Dr Who Loves Me, Who Loves Me Not. ,

Great, but crashes a lot when trying to do more.

Started using this app as a fast way to create some simple beats and work on song structure. Sounds great, lots of options and a fairly intuitive, pleasing interface.

I quickly found out after playing with the app for twenty minutes that even a simple 1 bar beat loop with 4 preloaded sounds (no effects, or automations) is about all this app can handle. As soon as you go to add an effect to a sound the app just crashes, no way to restore what you were working on or anything. SAVE OFTEN!

A ton of potential, but with as much time and effort I have lost to this app’s unexpected crashing it’s not worth spending time with in its present state.

If you want a simple 4 sound loop with no enhancements, effects, or processing it’s fine. If you want something to flesh out ideas, be able to modify the sounds, and be able to save your work when you get things to where you want them without the app crashing look elsewhere for now.

iOS 13.4.1 on 2019 iPad Pro 11” 256.

May 18th update: Several of the guided tutorials in the app are broken. When it asks you to click the bottom left arrow to expand the left side-panel you cannot progress through the tutorial, the only button in the dialogue window is ‘back’ and not next. The tutorial does not register whether you have pressed the arrow to expand the left side-panel, even repeatedly.

Developer Response ,

Hi there!

Sorry you had an issue and thank you for the report! We'll look at the lesson issue. Please note there is much more than simple 4 loop sounds. I recommend signing up for one of our free live tutorial classes or create a support ticket at https://www.roland.com/backstage/#/zenbeats-support We are here to help!

App Privacy

The developer, Roland Corporation, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

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

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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