This Is All On A Phone – Intua’s BeatMaker 2

This video is an overview of Intua’s BeatMaker 2, which they describe as ‘the most advanced mobile music workstation’.

It is impressive what they manage to pack into a $19.99 app.

Check out the details below – and let us know what you think of BeatMaker 2 – and the fact that it runs on a phone.


  • Create multiple instruments with Drum Machine or Keyboard interface
  • 10 effect units to choose from: Reverb, Compressor, Filter, Delay, EQ, Flanger, Chorus, AutoPan, BitCrusher, Overdrive.
  • 3 effect slots for each instrument, unlimited global effect racks
  • Customizable Cross Controller for all effects, to manipulate multiple parameters at once


  • Up to 128 trigger pads: 16 pads over 8 different banks
  • Chop Lab: Slice audio loops to automatically create new sound presets
  • Control sound parameters on individual pad: volume, pan, mute, output bus, semitone, fine tune, reverse and autoscaling
  • Low/high pass filter per pad with cutoff and resonance control
  • Choose between various pad trigger modes: one-shot, hold & loop
  • Customizable envelope (ADSR) control for each pad
  • Exclusive groups and polyphony management
  • “Live” modes: trigger, mute, reverse, velocity and tune spreading.


  • 128 keys keyboard with pitch wheel with double keyboard mode, note display and zoom controls
  • Easily create your own instruments from any sample combination with the keygroup editor
  • Volume and filter ADSR envelopes
  • Low/high pass filter with cutoff, resonance and key tracking
  • 2 LFOs with customizable amplitude, offset and rate (synchronizable), controlling volume, pitch and filter parameters
  • Polyphony control, with up to 32 voices per keyboard sampler
  • Legato play mode with customizable glide
  • Keygroup controls: volume, pan, semitones, fine-tune, reverse and one-shot, hold, hold & loop trigger modes


  • Create unlimited instrument and FX tracks
  • Automations: Record, edit and replay instrument and effect parameters
  • Record, draw, arrange and resize patterns along the timeline to build your song
  • Compose and modify patterns with a piano-roll interface. Edit notes, parameters, and automations.
  • Instrument and effect recording options: Quantize, take or partial undo, pre-roll, Overdub, note erasing.


  • Full-fledged wave editor with intuitive pinch and selection for manipulating samples
  • Basic edition tools: trim, cut, copy, paste, with 8 levels undo/redo
  • High quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms
  • Audio tools: normalize, silence, reverse, fade in and out, cross-fade
  • Record new samples from device microphone or plugged instrument
  • Loop points and tempo/signature editor


  • Realistic multi-track mixer with level meters
  • Edit volume, pan, solo, mute and bus routing features for individual tracks


  • 68 Drum Machine presets from all genres
  • 111 Keyboard Sampler presets, from synthesizers to realistic orchestral instruments.


  • Export your songs to Audio or MIDI files
  • Transfer and manage your files from your computer using the integrated FTP server
  • Import any songs from your iPod library to create new remixes
  • Upload your songs directly to your SoundCloud account
  • Share audio content with more than 20 other music applications using the iOS pasteboard
  • Supports BeatMaker 1 kits and projects
  • Fully supports Retina display
  • Native iPad version coming soon as a free update

BeatMaker 2 is available for iPhone & iPod touch now in the App Store.

14 thoughts on “This Is All On A Phone – Intua’s BeatMaker 2

  1. Wow pretty impressive… That's a whole lot of bang for the buck. I'd love to see more like this from some of the big names. Imagine a Native Instrument Maschine work flow on an IPAD.That's kinda of what it reminds me up. Kudo's to the company for pushing the limits.

  2. You have to wonder why most of the big names are missing in action on this. Propellerhead and Korg have done things, but that's about it.

  3. I wish I hadn't paid for the first one. Importing my own kits was always buggy and now they want me to pay again to get the new version… lame.

  4. Nanostudio is still better even if your music revolves around sampling. BM2 and it's 19.99 price could kick rocks with no iPad and no midi support.

    Nanostudio supports Line6 Midi Mobilizer and CoreMidi

  5. Since I own BM1, NanoStudio and now this I can truly say the minute this fix the bugs (and hopefully work out core MIDI or Synthstation) it'll be a total game changer… NanoStudio is fun (and more to the point impressive considering it's made by one guy) but this almost competes with alot of current hardware machines and DAWs (check the 'Chop Lab'), nevermind past stuff… in truth, if your main interest lies along the lines of beats (kits and breaks) samples,and sample based keyboards (pianos,etc) and FX's, there's nothing near it at the price, but for synthy sounds, akai synthstation 25 ready, and core MIDI with a less is more appraoch NanoStudio is by far the easiest to use out the box…as BeatMaker 2 is pretty option heavy.

  6. I thought BM2 has synthesizer sampler presets? What is the difference between this and what Nanostudio has? <- Probably ignorant question, but truly confused and want to know.

  7. In simple terms NanoStudio has its own synth engine i.e. made from two oscillators called Eden which also has the option to play samples, there's four of them and also a drum machine similar to BM (sort of), BM only uses samples, so a synth sound preset is sample based…

  8. does anyone know if you can add like songs into beatmaker2 like you can in a normal MPC like if you watch any MPC video they have a song playing and they make a beat based off of that song?

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