Voxkit Sound-Triggered Drum App For iPad (Sneak Preview)

Secret Base Design has introduced Voxkit – a MIDI drum controller that lets you trigger notes with sound.

Clap your hands, tap a pencil on a desk, or use your voice, and Voxkit will detect the tone of the sound and trigger a sample from the app or a MIDI note. By listening to external sounds, rather than just the touch on a screen, Voxkit can capture velocity and rhythm variations.

You can also customize the sounds that Voxkit makes – add WAV format samples through iTunes File Sharing.

Availability and pricing are to be announced.

9 thoughts on “Voxkit Sound-Triggered Drum App For iPad (Sneak Preview)

  1. I’m the main developer for this — I don’t know of any similar AU for the Mac.

    The main motivation for writing it was frustration with trying to sequence drums in Logic. I could never get the “groove” right by clicking on a grid, or with a keyboard. I’d be happiest with the results when I’d beatbox a vocal track, and then try to line up MIDI notes with the vocals. After doing this for a while, it seemed like there ought to be a tool to do it instead!

    The app is waiting for review at Apple; I’m expecting it to be approved by this weekend, but we obviously don’t have control over that. The intro price will be a buck.

  2. is it possible to trigger other sources with this app? in this case i think on triggering battery with this nice trigger options 🙂

    1. You should be able to trigger anything MIDI-triggerable. The app currently sends on only one MIDI channel (default is 10 for drums, but configurable). We talked about having each pad have it’s own MIDI channel so you could easily switch synth destinations when switching banks, but decided that it would overcomplicate things.

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  4. This is pretty cool. Lots of ideas coming to mind beyond the obvious uses. You could trigger some really clean sounds and do drum replacement on them later, or even train the app to respond to noises made by something mechanically rhythmic in an environment and capture some cool new grooves.

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