WerkBench is one of the fastest sampling workflows on the planet. All controls are immediately accessible, musical, and fun!
At the heart of WerkBench are two step sequencers that can sample sounds directly into rhythms and then warp those sounds with synthesizer type controls and high-quality audio effects.
The concept is simple and powerful. You will be making awesome music in seconds!
Check out the videos on our website to get a better sense of what is happening here: www.bolasol.com/werkbench
--"Fancy Controls" (pitch, lowpass filters, highpass filters, envelopes, and more!)
--Edit the level, pitch, pan, low-pass filter, high-pass filter, envelope attack & decay, echo send, reverb send, and bit crusher effects independently for each of the 128 steps!
--All of these settings can be: performed and recorded in real-time, randomized, or programmed on the sequencer grids.
--Individual sequences can have arbitrary start and end points (they can even run backwards and be any length up to 16 steps)
--Chain sequences to build longer loops (1 - 128 steps!).
--Modeled tape echo for spacey effects with a sweet real-time visualizer, tempo sync, and free running modes.
--Reverb with fully sweep-able controls for decay, color (tone), and mix.
--Save and load loops or whole sessions of 8 patterns.
--Share loops between devices easily via airdrop, iTunes, e-mail, etc.
--Import wav files to chop up with our editor (the editor also works as a granular synthesizer!!)
--Export loops and recordings via Audio Copy, iTunes file sharing, and email.
--MIDI sync and MIDI note modes. Each of the 128 steps can be triggered on its own MIDI note.
--User-programable scales per side.
We hope you love it!
**We added Ableton Link and Kymatica AudioShare support!**
-Ableton Link's technology let's you easily sync WerkBench with other apps and the rest of your studio. No computer or additional software required, It just works. It's amazing. Thanks Ableton.
-AudioShare support allows easy transfer between WerkBench and the popular audio editing/managing app AudioShare by Kymatica. WerkBench can now open all types of audio files into the importer.
**We implemented a better 'initialize' option**
Previously, there was no way to start over completely from scratch. Now you can choose 'New session' via the folder button.
**We implemented a better AudioBus control panel**
-Brought back the play toggle.
-Added a record button. Now you can temporarily disarm recording while working on sounds in another app and then re-arm your steps without having to switch back to WerkBench. Saves you some clicks!
**We fixed some things!**
-Step editing knobs now default to sensible values and are easier to control.
-Some buttons were hard to tap.
-Got rid of a click that would happen in the envelope with long low sounds.
-Saved loops now recall their first and last step correctly.
Ratings and Reviews
GAZ would love this 1!!!!
$ well spent! This combo sampler looper has a very powerful set of features packed into its one panel interface. Running on a ipad air1 it has not crashed once. Rock solid. Ability to import sounds and cut out clips is awesome. Imported a buncha iMS20 sounds to mess with. Filters sound real dirty and nasty. Delay is also very flex.
Super intuitive to get weird polyrhythms and non trad beats running and evolving. Saving sound sets and then switching on the fly works great. Have not yet tried using with a dedicated ipad audio/midi interface. As far as midi, I am unclear how and what can be controlled. Apparently the developer is good about answering questions... Compared to loopy, Werkbench is immediately more gratifying especially for rhythmic stuff.
Sampling, fun again!
Been using this app for the last year and love it. The sampling is painless, and instant. You can fill up the 16 steps in the time it takes to make 16 sounds. The stuff you can make reminds me of weird little tape loops from the 60s, like the Radiophonic workshop or Simon & Garfunkel's"Cecilia".
One really special thing that makes the loops interesting, is how easy it is to make variations of samples for the different beats, rather than replaying the same sample over and over. You can make each one a little different, and it sounds different and less robotic than just using one sample over and over.
Solid performance for me on ipad air ios8.3. Hasn't crashed once.
Edit: Outstanding update to v3.0. Automation works great, scales for the pitch work a treat, nice look to the controls. Like the reverb and crush. No issues, on ipad air ios 10.3
And not in a good way. This seems like an otherwise well written and creative app...but...and it’s a huge but, you import sounds by importing them into the app and replaying them and resampling onto a pad! Why?! Why wouldn’t you just pick a pad and have the sample loaded into it? Why on earth would u load a sound only to resample it using threshold recording!? I’m still honestly speechless as to why the dev would do this. It’s an extra step that is so easily avoided. How about pick a pad, import sample to pad...done. I never write reviews but this aggravated me so bad and it’s just a shame because otherwise the app seems to have had a lot of work put into it but this is the most simple thing and to get that wrong is just astounding. ( also it has echo on the import sample slot as well but you can’t use it..it’s there for ‘fun’ according to the manual...absolutely pointless)
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.