Classic Machines: vintage drum machines for Cubasis 2.2
Cubasis on iOS goes from strength to strength and is becoming an almost annoyingly good platform for easy music production. With version 2.2 Steinberg have added a bunch of vintage drum machines, called Classic Machines, to the mix as an in-app purchase.
Yes, of course, in-app purchases suck but it’s a reality of the pricing model of iOS applications. So, we just have to go with it. Classic Machines is collection of 10 iconic drum machines in an easy-to-use interface that slots straight into your musical environment. Steinberg say that at maximum CPU efficiency the sound quality is “impressive”, which presumably means that if you have a blinged out iPad or iPad Pro then it’s going to sound fabulous. That’s always the thing – whether your particular iPad has enough clout for this kind of intense software.
What you do have though is 10 impressive drum kits. I guess we can make some guesses at the inspiration for each from the names and colours. SIX is presumably a TR 606 type machine? The EIGHT is an easier assumption for those 808 sounds and NINE will then be the 909. After that it gets a bit more sketchy but you’ve got some classic 80’s kits in there: Linn Drum, Oberheim and the like. Each Machine has a classic mode and also an EFX mode just to make things crazy. They’ve got onboard note repeat and velocity control and come with a bunch of MIDI loops so you don’t even have to bang out your own.
At £3.99 for the bundle of 10 drum machines Classic Machines is an easy purchase.
What else is new in Cubasis 2.2?
The existance of in-app purchasing, aptly demonstrated by the Classic Machines, is the first new feature. There’s Note Repeat to make manual creation of MIDI parts easier. As well as a Track Duplicate option. You can also copy pad mappings in the Chord and Drum Pad from one track to another. Steinberg have added a “reset” switch to force Cubasis to load a blank project if things get a little crazy.
Perhaps the coolest thing is that Cubasis 2.2 is on special offer, 50% off until the 18th July. So for a comprehensive music production app, it’s a steal at £23.99.
More information on the Steinberg website or point your iPad to the App Store.
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