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Cakewalk ScratchPad iPad App: Dynamic Loop Performances

Virtual instruments and DAW makers Cakewalk have just released a brand new tool for iPad performers that looks promising. ScratchPad is a loop-based app, allowing users to drop in loops of their choice to the interface and quickly play, tweak, scratch, filter, and stutter the loop during playback. It’s not complicated – and that’s what makes it interesting. Instead of trying to do too many things, the application sticks to a basic 3×3 grid layout for playing loops and effecting them.

Within the the loop players are simple controls – drag a finger down to stop the clip or column, move to the top of the circle to apply one of the four stutter effects and drag left and right on a loop to scratch it. The application also features a XY filter pad for any low or high passes necessary – see all the features in action in their basic launch video:

iOS performers will be happy to know that the software also includes support for audio routing via AudioBus, meaning that you can send and receive audio into and out of the app into other compatible applications.

ScratchPad is available in the iTunes App Store for $4.99. – also check out the official ScratchPad site

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  • scamo

    I hate to be negative. but geez. I can see where the app is heading, but that video, Zzzzzzz….. And their other video showing it in a “band scenario” is even worse.

    Where NI currently overdoes it on the video hacking, this video underdoes it on raising a level of “hey I need to try this app out” in me.

    At any rate. I think I’ll save my $5, until maybe other people start saying it is a cool app or Cakewalk does a better job at getting my attention.


    p.s. Here is the other video.