By Novation

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2017-06-13
  • Current Version: 1.10
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 57.32 MB
  • Developer: Novation
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 288 Ratings


If you love making electronic music, you’ll love Groovebox. Enter an inspiring world of music production on your iPhone & iPad. Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad. • A BEATS & SYNTH MUSIC STUDIO Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Two powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio. • SYNTHS DESIGNED WITH NOVATION Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics. • EASY TO START, DEEP ENOUGH TO MASTER Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Included iPad mixer, note sequencer, key and scale modes let you control your sound. Build your arrangements with sections. Export your sounds easily to a laptop to produce further. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.   FEATURES • Discover and build ideas - Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns • Play touchable instruments - Create your own melodies and beats • Four powerful instruments - Drumbox, MiniMon, RetroBass and Poly-8 • Build beats - Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns • Arrange your tracks - Simple song-building using sections • Sound innovation - Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation • Expand your sounds - Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns* • Production-ready sounds - Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists • Extendable Instruments - Expose more tweakable synth controls • Sequence your music - Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them • Stay in time and key - Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale • Share your music - Easily create a mix of your music to share with others *Requires In-App Purchase ADVANCED FEATURES • Jam with others - Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export • Swing - Instantly add swing to your session. • Ableton Export - Easily send your project to Ableton Live • Full scale support - All keys and major, minor and modes supported • Project management - Rename, duplicate and delete • iPad Pro support - Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen • Send your ideas to a laptop - Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export • Bluetooth speaker supported   SUPPORTED DEVICES Groovebox is compatible with iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7/12.9, iPad Mini 2/3/4, iPod Touch 6th Generation, iPhone X, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus. Supports iOS 10 and iOS 11.



  • I am Amazed!

    By Fluffy Cat Kid
    At first I looked at this app and thought it was another boring make music app.. but after only about five minutes I was ADDICTED😅 This app lets you use your creatively to its max! I bought the full version to see what it is like and it gives you more freedom! I love this app and would recommend it to any music lovers!
  • Just bad

    By Poochos
    I love the way it works but the way it records is well just bad. I also can’t export the recording to my videos or my iTunes.
  • It's been great so far!!!!

    By JuzWright
    I like the layout and haven't got bored yet with it.
  • Really?

    By Youhou202
    It’s that easy to sound good...really?
  • Creatively Game-Changing ...and Tragic

    By Grizz1978
    Before I lay out its fatal flaws, I first need to give this app the credit it deserves. I’ve logged well over 100 hours on this app. I buy the sound packs indiscriminately, and never regret a purchase. The sounds on their own are amazing, but the ability to tweak them using the tools provided (via in-app purchase) allows for infinite creative possibilities. This is my go-to app when I want to create something new, which is also why this review is bittersweet. As inspiring as this app is, it’s also extremely limiting. It’s pattern/section architecture leaves something to be desired, and the lack of automation capabilities is a bit stifling, but those alone aren’t enough to overshadow all the good aspects. What has made me question spending more money is its lack of useable exporting functionality. There’s no way to mix down and export a multi-section arrangement as one song. At most, you can export a section at a time, then use another app to stitch the sections together (a colossal pain, considering other similar apps have this built-in). Even then, because it exports strictly the length of the patterns, you lose any delay or natural decay. When I create something new, I want to be able to just export it so I can listen to it in my car or wherever, and without having to manually switch from section to section (not a great idea while driving). Basically, it’s a black hole—the time, effort, and creativity I pour into it never sees the light of day because I can’t reasonably get my work out if it. The other frustrating issue is the core editing features that are absent. For example, why can’t I select a region of notes, then copy/paste them wherever I want? Why doesn’t the screen scroll when I want to select more notes than what will fit on the screen? Why aren’t there ANY zoom in/out options that I can control? Why can’t I choose between looping a section or moving to the next? These seemingly small “features” are so standard and so vital in apps like this that, when they’re missing, it’s crazy-making. Moving notes from bar 8 to bar 4 becomes infuriatingly difficult. I almost never write reviews, but felt compelled to write one for this app BECAUSE I enjoy it so much. To the developers: Please, please, PLEASE shore up these functionality gaps so users like me aren’t faced with abandoning the app altogether. I’ve made so many great songs, but they all live and die in the app (apps like Figure get a lot more exposure because of how easy it is to export/share). As frequently as you release new sound packs, perhaps you could release a core functionality update once in a while?
  • Awesome

    By chargild
  • Great

    By Jaymo Ultimo
    One of the best iPad apps ever to actually make your own music!!!!
  • Great sounds. Intuitive. Needs Launchpad integration

    By Pubikk
    Fantastic app. The sound out of the, um, box, are amazing and reminiscent of apps that cost money. Unlocking the other bits of the app is fine, but the real value is in the sound packs. I play live with Launchpad for iOS and a hardware Launchpad S. I use Blocswave to sculpt my sounds, usually created in Gadget. But getting those sounds into Launchpad is a real pain (much easier if you use Live, which I don’t). Best part of Blocs is the ease of exporting to Launchpad. Groovebox would be a bigger part of my set up if it played well with the other Novation apps. Seems like a pretty big oversight. This ability coming soon?

    By FamousGirl👑
    I hate writing reviews, but when you are this frickin awesome, I have no option. You can create awesome party music & your own songs/raps. I like how it inspires creativity. You rock out Groovebox!
  • Here’s the few things I’d like to see in future updates!

    By Brentv3
    1. With all these new instruments available for purchase, another thing I’d definitely buy is more preset loops/drum patterns per instrument 2. I’d also really like some more options on the keys and modes. Possibly a blues scale, Locrian, etc. 3. I’d also really like the full size keyboard to be standard however it depends on what device is being used I’m sure That’s it: apps dope - thanks friendly nerds!