Yo what’s good fam!
Today I’m checking out BeatHawk, a mobile production app from UVI.
I first learned about it a last year’s NAMM show, and I’ve been excited ever since.
Well they released it this year so you know I downloaded it asap.
Let’s dig in!
So what is BeatHawk?
It’s a “portable music production studio” according to UVI
Basically, you can sequence drums, samples, and loops, as well as multi-sampled instruments, edit samples, apply fx, and put together a full song.
It’s the workflow and way with which the approach things that makes it different from the rest, in addition to the sounds…which are dope
I’m a huge UVI instrument fan if you didn’t know by now!
It’s got a very smooth and simple layout, not a bunch of pages or menus to really dig into, and you can pretty much get to work immediately once you open it, everything makes sense.
It definitely has some features that for me, make it much more useful in conjunction with it’s simple workflow.
- content: 807MB factory, plus many in app purchases you can download
- format: made for the iPad and iOS 7.0 or higher
- connectivity: CoreMIDI, WIST, Audiobus, IAA, AudioCopy
- price: $4.99 intro ($9.99 regular)
- product link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id839563064?mt=8
How does it sound?
I’m a huge fan of UVI sound, just check all the UVI library reviews I’ve done over the years
When they first announced BeatHawk, I asked them to put their EP in there for me…as I LOVE their EP…well, it’s there, along with plenty of other useful content.
You get everything from drums and percussion, to loops, licks, riffs, and synths.
You can even add choirs, pianos, scratches and more…and I definitely expect them to continue to roll out new content as they have plenty to pull from.
I get excited thinking about the possibility of their mellotron, or waverunner and other vintage synths.
I don’t know what all the platform can hold, but I’m definitely keeping an eye out for any new content that I can use as they always produce quality.
Also, while not specifically a sound in itself, the timestretching engine in this app is superb, which allows you to really mess with your samples at any tempo.
Oh and the use of rex style sliced content for drum loops really keeps it versatile for working at various tempos or even triggering the individual hits from the loop.
So what’s the bottom line?
I was a fan when I first saw the raw idea, and now that it’s released I’m even more of a fan.
I love how simple it is to quickly go in and edit samples, lay down a beat, and export it as a multitrack wave session…yes, you get separate stems for each track.
You can also export MIDI or a stereo file.
As it stands right now, I give BeatHawk 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s a powerful app with a smooth workflow and quality sound, I’m really excited to see where they take it in the future.
Of course I have some suggestions or desires that I’d like to see 🙂
For starters, I’d love to see a grid mode for adjusting notes and parameters like velocity, note length, etc. A way to explode that onto the screen would be dope.
Similarly, I’d like to see a way to explode the sample editor, so we can really get in and adjust/edit samples, even a more dynamic and powerful way to slice up our own loops or audio content.
I’d love to see a quick way to duplicate pads, the ability to set the number of times a pattern will loop in a song, and a wider variety of ways to import user samples.
Yes I’ll take audiobus and/or inter-app input as well….thanks!
What they add remains to be seen, but if this initial release is any indication, we’ve definitely got a cool product on our hands, and knowing UVI, I’m sure they have some pretty dope ideas waiting to be implemented.
What type of stuff do you want to see? What do you think are some of the more powerful features in BeatHawk as it is?
Let me know below!