Great. Game!!!! - The Best I’ve seen on IOS so far!
First of all I’d like to say I hope you [The Developer] never sell out like some of these other music apps have. I can tell a lot of thought was put into making this App and I sincerely hope you continue to be successful and genuine on you’re journey!
As far as the app itself I’d say it’s quite literally what I’ve been looking for all day. I’ve bounced back from app to app, even GarageBand and I gotta say this app is well worth it and I highly favor it now over the last couple things i’ve downloaded.
The premium price is well worth what your getting and it even comes in parts. So your not paying for more than what you need. I’m happy to find there is no subscription. And there isn’t a million add-ons I need to buy every time I want ONE more single feature. It’s fair and well worth what your paying.
I’m able to take files straight out of my iPhone, throw it into the app on some Pads, chop it up and create patterns straight off my phone with ease! Among a plethora of other things I haven’t even discovered yet.
I really just wanted something I could use while on the go when I’m out’n about feeling inspired. All I got left to say is this app among an overly saturated App Store full of glitchy, uninspired, greedy Music Production apps is amazing and well worth the cost.
Trust if you continue down this path of being altruistic and offering quality along side reliability I will continue to support you!
Soundcloud.com/pr4y - i love this app. 10 stars.
OLD VERSION: but lately after this new update even with NOTHING else playing on my ipad, everything is closed, background app refresh off, etc. It keeps randomly crashing on me and i lose all this work i had done. It is very very frustrating. not even beatmaker 3 or nanostudio do that. and Koala has never done it before. so If the amazing devs could figure this out for me then ill IMMEDIATLY GIVE 5 STARS. i only did one to get your attention. i use this app daily and i rely on it for a side income involving music production! please help!!
UPDATE: thank you so much for the extremely fast customer support. you sir are amazing!! i havent even had time to test the new update, but because the amazing dev got in touch with me so fast and worked so hard to try to fix it, i know that if i have any issues i can just email him directly and he will help me!! thank you so much
Mainplaner - Like a better, more fun PO-33 or SP-404
This is far and away my favorite music app for iOS. I always keep coming back to it, paying for the Samurai update was a no-brainer. If you've ever used a teenage engineering PO-33 or a Roland SP-404 the workflow is very similar. That being said the speed with which you can do things in this app and the amount you can do blows me away. You can just use it as a sequenced sample player or, with the samurai update, you can now start turning your samples into proper synths in their own right (set em to loop and shorten the length a lot). The developer has done a really amazing job of keeping a good balance between quick music creation in the moment, while also providing enough detailed and smart additional tools so that you can tweak your sounds and beats to your heart's content - all without cluttering up the UI. This is one of the few iOS music apps I would actually trust live.
Used_paper_bag - My favorite music making App hands down!
Koala is so good for me because of two factors, being fun and being simple. I was hesitant and first to buy this app because over the years I have collected a large amount of computer software, instruments, and hardware samplers to make beats with. So for me I was like “why would I need this? I already have everything!” But my favorite beat maker posted a video using it so I gave it a try and wow. I loved it.
koala was designed to be intuitive and easy to use but still very powerful. In a age of complicated, extremely powerful beat making computer programs and Phone apps. A lot of my time is spent just tweaking on small details to make my song “perfect” which takes away from the natural fun flow of making music. Koala gives that back to me.
Is it worth the few $$$? Yes. I have music hardware that costs $1200 dollars and this app is more fun and easy to use. I love it!
Jason Judovin - My New SP-404 (and more)
This app is incredible. It’s maybe my single favorite app ever (not just music). If you are proficient with an SP-404 you will love this app.
It makes sample chopping such a pleasure. Beautiful, smooth, stable, precise - everything you could ever ask. So artfully laid out. The whole thing really is a work of art because of its beautiful simplicity and power. It embraces why people love the 404 despite its limitations and also embraces the iPad as an instrument. Thanks so much to the developer for this.
The one thing it kills compared to the 404 is the sequences. Bravo on that. It’s such a fast workflow. I can’t even explain how efficient it is. You just have to get in there and use it.
The effects are great on here but totally different than the 404. Good call on that too. You cannot do the 404 fx on an iPad. It wouldn’t work. This was a much smarter direction. (But if you nailed that vinyl sim, oh boy😳). The effects are really more like the pocket operator’s fx but more robust.
The one thing I would ask (to speed up my personal workflow significantly) would be to have an “export current sample” option just like you can export the current loop only. I do so much sample chopping in here and sometimes have a whole mess of things all in one file and would love to be able to just export one sample at a time.
Again, thanks for making my favorite app.
Jeff Strange67 - Big Bang for The Bucks
A five dollar sampler/sequencer app that can compete with the big boys? Yes. It’s real! I first discovered this app on Instagram with someone using this with the Beatbox midi controller. I immediately hit the App Store, and there it is! For $5!!!🤯🤯🤯 I have the Beatbox, but it’s also dope by itself. I was having creative issues with creating on my MPC One and this allowed me to get out ideas while I’m working the learning curve with the MPC One. I’ve banged out about 10 songs so far with my busy schedule. It’s great to get an idea down when you can’t lug the MPC One around everywhere you go. You can even sample from video using your iPad screen record feature and Koala allows you to import the sound and chop it all up! On your iPad, iPod, or iPhone, beatmakers/producers, get a Koala on it and you’ll be glad you did!
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Coby ash - Fantastic App and it keeps getting better
This app is genius and could easily be priced at 10x the cost, so definitely buy it before they realize that and raise the price. It takes the workflow of a traditional sampler (SPs and MPCs) and mixes it with amazing UI to make an even better production workflow. Elf audio is continually making updates and improvements so it has only gotten better over time. There is a very active user community forming, only a matter of time before this app truly blows up. The simplicity of this app is what makes it so good and effective, if you are looking for a full featured DAW you will be disappointed. However, you will find a powerful tool for creating beats wherever you are, just look at Dibiase’s Koala beats on social media and you will see how powerful the app can be with the right perspective.
Stenaulis - Brilliant, but not quite perfect
Amazingly designed app. Incredibly fun and inspiring to work with. And the extra (very reasonably priced) add-ons greatly increase functionality. I’ve only had this app for a couple days and I already have multiple projects going. That said, I have run into multiple bugs during the short time that I’ve been playing around with this app, including one in which the audio can suddenly become incredibly loud and distorted. No fun if you’re wearing headphones..
Also, I have to deduct one star because I feel the the app could benefit from a couple basic features. As someone who works with a lot of ambient, drone-type samples, I believe the sample editor desperately needs some sort of loop crossfade functionality. Also, simple LP/HP filters would go a long way.
All in all, a very powerful and fun app. Would highly recommend to anyone. Will update my review when the bugs are inevitably ironed out.
Lair-E the cable dude - Like a mini sp-404
This is a very flexible app that allows you to chop samples and make songs. The controls are easy to learn. This would be a 5 star app if they improved the effects section. There isn’t really much ability to EQ the sounds so that’s a limitation. Recently the app has deleted four songs that were saved. The song name is saved but all the individual sounds deleted themselves. The app has also crashed quite a bit. However the app is less than $10. It lets you do way more than you’d expect. A positive thing is this app helped me learn how to sample, chop breaks, assemble my own breaks, make fun little songs. I’ve taught myself a lot with the help of this app and it’s increased my want to make music. I’m now saving up to buy an SP-404 so I can continue doing what I did with the app but with the real thing. This app is worth the money but not if you plan on making anything you want to save because this app might accidentally delete your saved progress
Choppinbroccoli - I’m obsessed with this app
I’m relatively new to music production, but I’ve found this app to be very intuitive and useful. I’ve always wanted to get into sampling in a more serious way, and this app really scratches that itch. I own a PO-33 and, while I love it, this has essentially replaced it. The price is fantastic as well. While the app is incredible, the only real feature I would wish could be added is some kind of way to edit the timing of different samples in the loops that you have already recorded (in the same way midi can be edited after the fact). However, I understand that this may be a difficult (or impossible) feature to implement. Regardless, if you have an interest in sample based music, I cannot recommend this app enough.
Omegaultra2814 - I can see why this is the best Sampler out
Just getting into iPad music production and this tool has been nothing but good to me , no matter what Daw I’m in ,and it functions so well with my Midi Keyboard .The only things I could hope come in an update someday is a auto detect / display for tempo of sample , makes it so much easier when working in a daw, and maybe just maybe if possible using Keys on the midi to adjust pitch wether that be octave or semitone for the selected pad / sample instead of having to always use a dial or setting up the same sample multiple times to get a different sound . but yea this is my go to sampler for the long haul hands down ! Can’t wait to see what’s next
Gr00ve9 - Inspiring
This app is unreal. Workflow is intuitive and effortless which leads naturally to inspiration and creativity. Works perfectly with other audio apps and mapping midi to a controller (especially a velocity sensitive one) makes this possibly the best sampler available on the market right now, hardware or software. When you compare prices as well then it makes it even more mind blowing. I’ve been chopping samples on lunch break, uploading them to google drive, coming home and importing them as a drum rack into Ableton like nothing. All of this and I haven’t even mentioned customer support yet, which is lightning fast, top notch, and from the developer himself. Thank you Marek, this sampler is awesome.
Enrique Raphaël Page Pérez - I am so amazed by AUv3 rn.
Koala always felt like this amazing tool that just didn’t fit into my workflow since it was its own isolated ecosystem (I hate working with Interapp).
Now it’s just AMAZING. A total beast.
One thing I certainly DO wish: please figure out a way of doing midi out of the sequence - I spent hours last night trying to get that but it seems it’s not doable at the moment.
I find koala to be an amazing “brains” to my operation, therefore sometimes the sampling is nice but ultimately just something I use while on the go and then select better sounds when I have some time. Ultimately, it is so well laid out that it is super streamlined for song production (regardless of the AMAZING sampler).
I understand that 64 midi channels are a lot, but maybe a compromise can be made? I would prefer that to simply not being able to send midi at all.
PS: i am very new to the app so perhaps I’m wrong but it also seems that Koala AUv3 struggles with time signatures that aren’t 4/4, unless I am getting it all wrong. Tried 3/4 on AUM and changed Koala’s settings but the sequencer was acting up all crazy.
MichaelBraha - This is a gift
Blown away. I got the iPad pro and paid for Beatmaker 3, Cubasis, Blocs wave… all looking for the perfect iPad music experience spending nearly $70….
And the whole time the answer was in a $5 app (+$4 for a totally worth it feature)
The tutorials given by the developer Marek and I can he really is passionate and wants this to be an easy lite yet essential instrument mixing in old school to the new tech. There’s a lot of easy features to dive into and you can really take this thing far.
Sort of like Pocket Operator but 10x better.
I’m saying this only after 10 hours of purchasing this. Already made some inspiring stuff. Would love to share my projects. Cheers!
Mehmui - Love it!
Fixed! Stereo recording! But now it doesn’t record st unity gain? Seems to be 6db down. Still clicks on recording start and now seems to have a slight gap at end.
- !! Please oh please can there be a toggle for select on “play/ midi note”. It would be nice to be able to edit one sample at a time without having to stop playback.
- snap to zero crossing. I have some samples that start with a click and or end with a click.
- please allow for recording to snap to quantize? This could be a samarai feature. For recording loops especially. In addition an edit snap feature for setting a start point in time. This feature set essentially how blocwave did recording snd editing.
- super super huge request. Please allow for individual fx per sample or bank 🙏🏽
- some individual outputs.
- it’s gotta somehow be possible to make modern mode pitch shiftable, even by just one octave? It does sound the best of the three algos.
Thanks for making such a cool tool, its straight ahead and really easy to work and be inspired.
Still 5 stars.
Marsh of Beat Brothers - Crazy Game Changer!!!
This app is so dope! My workflow for making beats has gone through the roof with Koala. I love not only sampling and making beats but I get lost in the joy of sound design with the resampling and effects. The one thing I would like to see is being able to export full song arrangement stems after you record a song instead of just sequence loop stems. Plenty of ways to work around that with other apps but it would be nice to do it within the app. That’s not even a minus though just a wish list item. I truly love making music on this app!!! Koala effects is great too and sampletoys is fun too from the same developer!
Vurnt22 - Love This Thing! One feature request! Okay, Two...
I ❤️ Koala Sampler’s layout, features, and ease of use. My request is for landscape mode be made available for iPad. I use a Focusrite iPad dock and portrait mode isn’t practical in terms of workflow going from App to app. The second request is to be able to easily transfer songs & sample set-ups from iPhone to iPad. Maybe via iCloud? That way the iPhone can be used as a Field Sampler, & the iPad can be used, with it’s more ergonomically friendly size, for further song & soundscape production. Seriously, Landscape mode would make this incredible work-flow wise if it were an option. Thank you
Machinelf - Pretty close to perfect but a few suggestions
I would love to be able to use a 16 pad MIDI controller and switch through the 4 banks in Koala and have the 16 pads trigger the 16 new samples in whatever bank I’m in. Instead it only plays the first 16 sample in the 1st bank because Koala’s MIDI info is mapped to notes only I believe. I think the only way to use a midi controller properly is to use a 64 pad controller which I don’t want to use.
I would also love for each pad to light up when you trigger it and for the samples that are loops the pad should stay lit up until the loop is stopped
And it would be very cool to adjust the volume on each sample with MIDI knobs. I like to fade samples in and out simultaneously
TGE CAT SOOSOZ - Tried very hard with this app
I’ve had koala and it worked amazingly for a long time. It chopped and meshed samples perfectly and I loved the intuitiveness of it all. Easily the best feature is the capability of using recorded videos from your camera roll to use as samples as well.
Sadly, this app has been crashing like crazy. When I get a notification regarding full iCloud storage, or even trying to open a wav file using the app (for some reason it defaulted to koala) it would crash and clear my samples. Just today I was switching apps and upon switching everything was gone. Devs should really try to fix these random crashes, because even with updates the issue persists. Would have gotten a 5 if it was capable of storage for longer than a few days.
ShawBoog - For lo-fi heads
I love this app. It’s like a nod to the SP-303 and PO-33 and I’m a big fan of both. It almost checks off all my wishes I had for a portable sampler. The workflow is smooth making it easy to use and bang out ideas quickly.
I picked up an iRig 2 that works perfectly for sampling from any line out and it takes this app to the next level. It even has a 3.5 mm headphone jack that allows you to monitor your sample source and the Koala app while it’s plugged in.
I feel like I underpaid for this app and I would gladly pay for extra features like a one shot option for samples, sample load and a simple step sequencer, but that doesn’t take away from how dope this app already is. I’d also like to see the ability to load tracks into the performance section to be able to do 303 style beat sets. Looking forward to future updates to this slick app.
Edit: I’d like to see an update that allows copying a pattern or sample between one page/bank to the next.
Edit 2: I figured out how to move patterns from page to page. Sorry.
De-animate - Goated Beat Making Tool
I’ve been using Koala sampler for about 4 months or so and had quickly become my main tool for making beats and writing songs. Combined with my MC-101 and Novation Circuit and few samples, I can put together a sets worth material to perform in a matter of an hour. Even without those two extra machines, I’m not exaggerating when I say that Koala has pulled me out of a months long music rut that left me unmotivated and uninspired to create… Can’t wait to see how this app evolves in the future!
(All if at any point and mute feature could be added that would be amazing ;))
Sunburst12String - Awesome sampler
I have only used it for about an hour but it’s very easy to get started and has a lot of power for an affordable app. I was looking for something like the old days. I could play a sound into the Emulator II where I worked and have a beat looped in seconds. I have a full on software sampler but you have to record in one program and drag files to it, assign a key range etc. which is precise but not creative. It records from the iPad mic but I was able to use a Rocksmith guitar cable into a Camera kit adapter to record line level samples with ease.
I am sure it could be more than what it is, but then it wouldn’t be what it is!
MrdogheadSHoGoAT - outstanding developer
This guy rules. The developer shows a deep commitment to quality and a kind of dignity uncommon in the field. He cares, clearly, about doing as good a job as, within reason, he can. Improvements and corrections have come at a steady pace since release, and the product was very good on release. This while the price of this lovely sampling system remains within reach for beginners.
You can’t ask for much more from a software developer. This one is among the elite on the platform.
You should support this work and any other developer doing similar work if you care about things like user support, standing behind products, high quality at whatever the asking price may be, and success for developers who forgo greed, laziness, and deception.
This developer is not alone in having these qualities, but such people and companies are too rare. I can’t always write about it, but I’m grateful when I find them.
Andgarr - Almost great (for iPhone)
This review is for the iPhone version only. The GUI needs to be redesigned for the iPhone. Modifying the size of the interface while in the auto chop editing section to make it easier for editing. The GUI feels a bit cramped and leads to unwanted edits. Using some of the extra space to make the window a bit larger would be extremely useful.
A small nitpick that could be implemented in future versions, allowing for sample import by default in the settings. Having to change that every time the app is opened isn’t a huge issue but would be welcomed.
A big feature request is changing the pattern input to something similar as Garage Band’s step editor. That would make it easier to edit and create patterns than the current method.
It’s a very good app and I’ll be happy to change my rating with a tweak or implementation of some of the features I requested.
Get this app! It’s easy and quick to not solely create quick sketches, but actually make beats.
I can’t wait to see this app grow.
Geraou - Powerful
I love this app it has given me so much for so little. I have to be honest I sold some of my gear cuz money was low. I had to pay bills and it hurt me to sell them but I had to but I am happy that because of this app I am still able to make beats which is something that truly makes me happy to spend some time to craft something I enjoy doing so. Much love to the developers you guys are awesome love the new updates. I’ve shown some people some stuff Ivemade and they shocked when I tell em it was made on my iPhone using only this app.
Big Margaret - Amazing, please remove the subtle quantization when quantization is turned off.
I love this app. I’ve been using it for a good while and I LOVE that you added a recording count-in and the piano roll over the last few updates. Keeps getting better! One thing I noticed recently is that even when quantization is turned off, there is still a bit of quantizing that goes on. Not sure if it’s just mine and I need to reinstall the app (though I’m scared to lose my files). Let me know if that’s an error with my app or not.
Strategy 510 - Best iOS Music App Ever
This is a better MPC than the official MPC mobile app and way less expensive. It’s very simplistic on the surface, but deeper than Atlantis when you tap into its full power.
Actively developed too, this guy Marek is constantly adding new features. There is only one IAP beyond the original purchase price and it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT. Don’t think twice about buying, I would’ve paid $50 for this sucker if I knew what it could do. I love it so much that this is actually the first time I bothered to write a review for anything in the App Store lol.
Wtfstopaskingforanickname - Hands down one of the best samplers
Koala is amazing. Exactly what I’ve been looking for. Ease of use, editing of individual samples in seconds,effects. I was making music within minutes after watching one tutorial. Played for hours. Can’t wait to get home and write some more. Only negative is when you hold a sample for continuous play , if your finger moves slight to the side the trash can comes up. I haven’t accidentally thrown anything away while playing yet but that could be scary in a live situation lol besides that it’s amazing. Easily better than most outboard samplers
Mikenoface - Super fun Sampler
Updated review, 6/1/22: Koala is king! The one feature still not there from my original 1.0 review is quantization when tapping different sequencer bubbles. Otherwise, 5 stars!!
Old review: * Feature request: Quantize when jumping to next sequence. Like Ableton, I would like it to play from the start of the bar when I click next sequence bubble. Or quantize to quarter, half bar, 16th etc. • Still an issue: Trash can popping up while I’m playing or editing. Let me turn that off once I’m done sampling. • ~mikenoface
Codcakes - Do you want to have fun?
This is a great app for professionals and beginners alike. The interface is super easy to use and the tools are very robust. The cost of the app is nothing compared to the amazing things you can make with this app. And even if you are like me and don’t know how to make music you can at least make something that will give you a smile. The Developer continues to put his heart and soul into this product and that is worth so much! Plus you can join a great community of other people using this app.
Mstrnge - MIDI export?
First off thank you!! The app is amazing especially with the new samurai mode. Best beat making app hands down with the addition of midi editing. When moving a group of midi notes while zoomed out the app constantly thinks I want to edit note length which can be frustrating. It’d be amazing if you could limit the ability to edit the note length when zoomed (like long press on the selection of notes locks there length 🤷♂️).
But more importantly...midi export?! :)
Thank you again for your work!
Mac Dramastic - By far the best Sampler on IOS
With every update this “Sampler” comes closer and closer to being a DAW! The interface is super intuitive and easy to learn. Nothing is hidden (except the Samurai upgrade at first lol). Mentioning the Samurai upgrade..this made this app essential to my workflow! I can chop samples with more ease than even an app like BM3 (which til now had my favorite sampler in iOS.) Autochop and Timestretch just blew this thing wide open and now I haven’t opened any other app for a week! Nothing for price is more powerful on iOS! Nothing at all!
Ukiiknggfg - Best music app out there
Even though I keep buying each major music producing app as they come out, I still always come back to this app. It’s a beat beast. My only complaint is that triplets are very hard to make happen but they’re definitely doable.
Also this is a side note My ear may be off but it seems to me like the triplet stutter is a bit wonkey. I can work with it but if you put the Met on and hold the stutter right in the middle to make triplets they don’t seem to line up. Other than that an AMAZING app
Sifi 315 - Outstanding!
It’s like having a sp-404 in your pocket. The UI is such that when you go to do something, it is done in a way that comes naturally without having to think about it, such press for duration of record and drag and drop to duplicate. The features and limitations are in perfect balance to foster creativity whether quickly getting ideas down or doing something more sculpted and spending a little time making. Dev seems responsive and involved. One of my most used music apps as of late, def recommend especially for the price.
Ooalrock - Not only the best mobile sampler but more!!!
I’ve been making beats on all the classic machines for about 30 years. I tried other mobile beat making apps and always lost interest quickly due to work flow. I stumbled on koala sampler and GAME OVER.
I have been glued to it for over a year. I rarely use my mpc2000 lately. Combined with a few other compatible mobile auv apps makes it truly a force. I see the future of beat making and koala (props to Marek!) is def on the forefront! Thank you!!!
Jayden_Letrell - Good app but flawed
I love the app. To me it’s one of the better Samplers out there. But I have some complaints.. or suggestions. We should have the ability to edit/fine tune our sequences to make sure everything is on time. There should also be a count down to record. And there’s a glitch that makes your samples not play back when you have recorded them in the sequence.
I also wish it had a few more effects (like Half time) and/or more control over some of the existing effects (like reverb).
With all this said I still really like the app and I hope you guys make more!
Brothisnameisnttaken - Plz make this addition with the next update
This app is dope but one thing I would like to be added is an editable step sequencer sorta like fl studio that way I can get in and create my own grooves and properly set sample chops where I need them because my timing be a bit off. Also a composing window where I can put all my ideas together. I know everything comes with time but those features will definitely take this app to another level.
Freedom of creation is key. Keep up the great work
I’m teaching my daughter how to make beats with this so she can hear the value of all things that create sound.
Sketcherazzi - Amazingly robust and accessible
Koala is such an amazing tool! Been using it for several months and it continues to improve. The developer really listens to users and increases the value of this app continually. Recent additions of amplitude envelopes for samples and the highly desired Landscape Mode for iPad really took this over the top for me; had to add my enthusiastic five star review.
Great for capturing quick sounds from the surrounding world or sampling from other music apps in AUM.
Also fun driving Koala’s pads with midi sequencers like Rozeta Suite or Fugue.
Excited to see where Koala goes in the future!
Avk.digital - Best musical app for iOS
This is the most user friendly sampler I’ve probably ever used. I’ve sampled lots of hits from my drum kit and some of my favorite synths from OP1 into this app and basically have a Pocket Operator on my phone now. Very pumped for these new effects! I haven’t tried it yet, but the ability to send data to Ableton live is pretty incredible for mobile composers or any musician who become easily inspired on the go. Thank you for making such an intuitive app! Landscape mode would be fantastic as well as ADSR controls for individual samples! 👽🤘💯
Riddimk - Really amazing work
My two favorite samplers have always been the Korg Electribe and the SP 404. Grooverider GR-16 nailed the electribe workflow but the App Store was lacking in a true SP inspired app until Koala showed up. It feels like really getting your hands dirty with audio in a way that few other apps do. It’s as simple as building collages with magazines and scissors but the depth is completely up to your imagination, and like the SP, you’re not shoehorned into any one way of working.
Awesome work and thank you for putting this one out there. I’m going to make a lot of music with it.
Aktwang - From brain to sequenced
I am always drumming and humming stuff that pops into my head. This app makes it so easy to grab the inspiration and sequence it. Then you can just run with the sound you got, or replace with more hi-fi samples. I made a fairly intricate beat within minutes of first opening it, and it was a lot more fun then working in my daw. For me, this provides a workflow that separates the creative process from the production and engineering process. That’s something that I’m sure a lot of people struggle with. Excellent app... thanks for creating it!
Chowderhead1962 - Great app, Great support!
I won't add much to what's already been said, but this is an excellent sampler. Easy to use and learn. Intelligent and well designed work flow. Powerful and it sounds great. Add to that fantastic and responsive support. Super impressed! Buy it, you won't regret it. I have one super minor request that has nothing to do with functionality, but instead the visuals. It would be ultra cool if there were themes or ways to choose the colors for the samples and interface.
DRS1983 - Top Marks
I’ve had this for less than twelve hours and I can say with complete authority that it’s the best music making app out there. The only negative is that I didn’t discover this earlier.
Make some samples and great the foundation of a song or the entire thing, in the app itself. Also, record a bunch of real world samples and then transfer them to a hardware sampler/instrument or dump into DAW like Ableton. Personally, I can’t wait to load a bunch into my OP-Z and S2400.
Again great job on this. I beg you, please please please don’t change this app. It doesn’t need some huge update that changes the structure or workflow. Every great app does this and it completely ruins it. Pass this along to the designers and developers please.
Otherwise, congrats. You made the best music making vehicle in the App Store.
Jgthespy - Almost perfect
This app is a lot of fun. The workflow is smooth and lets you knock out ideas very quickly. It brilliantly provides a set of simple building blocks that can be combined in complex ways. The resampling feature is a perfect example. It keeps the interface simple while still allowing you to build complex samples. I also like the it separates the UI into three different workflow stages: sampling, sequencing, and performing.
East koast emprah - It’s good. I have made good music out of it but that’s all there is to it.
This music making app is okay. I’ve been using it for a while. First it was complicated, but now i finally know what i’m doing. But yet, it just isn’t enough. Whenever i’m using the keyboard to increase the pitch of whatever sound i programmed into Koala, it doesn’t sound right because the octaves aren’t right. It pretty much skips an note instead of giving me the exact note i want. Another thing is that whenever i want to roll a certain beat, i can’t do that. There’s a lot that Koala is missing & i am suggesting an improvement.
Tyrone Slim - Best Sampler For iPad Ever Made
Simply the best and most feature rich sampler ever made for iPad. You can make killer beats, complete songs, entire albums with this magic making device. This does more than most of the software programs I own for a fraction of the price. It’s insanely underpriced for what it does. This is easily in my top 3 apps for iPad. I spend more time on this than my MPC, 404 , and SP 1200 combined. The sky is the limit for this sonic beast. Highly recommended.
Chrisluvahluvah - Missing New Update Feats. on iPad
One of the new features that were released on August 19, 2022 do not show up for iPad. I’m assuming this is only for iPhone at the moment. When going through multiple import options it still sends you to AudioShare. It does not give you an option to go strictly to your iCloud or google drive. Seems as if you still have to import these sounds into AudioShare to use it.
Sceeerp - Hands down my favorite app
I don’t even know where to begin… what a fun and fantastic tool for any musician at every level. I’ve shown this to people that have never made music in their entire lives, and they absolutely love it. Easy to use and straight forward. The developer is constantly improving and adding new features to the app. Best money I’ve ever spent in the App Store. I cannot praise it enough, thanks koala!!!
Larry from looplandia - Love this sampler and suggestions
This is the first iOS music production ap I have truly fallen in love with. Thank you!! Great workflow and amazing features and so fun to use. Two suggestions that would make it even better. Double tap for hands free sampling to grab things like a guitar or piano riff and audio preview before importing samples in an online directory. Two small things that would make an already awesome ap even better.
Jarsoncrub - Amazing
Incredible. Easy to use. Just the best.
I would however echo one suggestion made by another reviewer: Koala would reign supreme if the parameters of effects could be tweaked — if you could changed echo and reverb feedback, if you could EQ, if you could change the the resonance of the filter, if you could tweak the wet/dry of the dub echo (amazing sounding effect, just generally to much wet), etc.
Great great tool though. Highly recommend.
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WynSitte - Fun and Functional - a fantastic tool
This is one of those apps that nails everything that matters. Super intuitive interface, fast and fun to use, which is the essential magic when trying to capture a creative burst, and sounds excellent.
Add to that an great output capability. Unlike so many other audio apps this one does not trap your work inside its own ecosystem but instead allows you to take your work to other platforms with ease for further work.
This has become my go-to ideas capture tool on the go and an essential grove-making resource in my workflow.
Trondant - A fresh approach that brings creative freedom.
Very impressed with this after a few months of usage. It integrates well with DAWS such as Cubase iOS. But standalone is my favourite mode. Very elegant interface, it’s so easy to get started and it offers a lot of depth when you’re willing to explore. Professional quality results, and of course most importantly it’s fun to use. I recommend this to anybody who wants to work with samples and loops, and wants to use an interface made for touch screen, rather than a sampler app emulating a physical sampler e.g MPC.
Weblogin123 - Koala Sampler: Ultra Fun and Intuitive
Every week I find a new setting I hadn’t had much experience with. The UI is user friendly and easy to navigate. I highly recommend having a fumble a number of times. Eventually it will sound like music once you understand the power of this application.
Very happy with low cost purchase of additional settings.
SolJames - Massive value and heaps of fun!
This is incredible for on the go beat making and generating ideas! Love it!
An idea for future update: I think it would be amazing if you could some how important straight from the splice app on your phone!
Hired_G00Ns - So creative and intuitive!
Very user friendly & well designed. Excellent features. Would love to see a loop sustain mode in a future update (playhead separate to loop brace with loop ping pong movement)
BEnWaGhOrN - Perfection.
All the effects have given me a reason to not buy an SP404 or PO33 for large quantities of money, the sampler is brilliant, sequencer is amazing with a bit of auto-quantisation, what’s there not to love. Definitely worth the price.
EvenSteven66 - Amazing
A beautifully simple and amazingly versatile instrument. Thank you so much!!! As a previous owner of a TE-OP1, this app can do so much more and is much easier to use.
Big_ups - The most useful & fun beatmaking app
I’ve tried all the beat making apps but you guys got it right 👏
IOS Simon - Great app just a great IAP update.
Lots of fun and great for creating interesting sounds and riffs. The developer keeps adding great new features. Top app and top dev.
Dazz26 - This sampler is DOPE AF!
It’s so intuitive, fun and instantly rewarding.
I’ve made more music on koala in the first few days than any other app.
Just buy it. You won’t regret it.
Piggyintheblanket - Best iPhone music app I’ve seen
Extremely intuitive, fun, and practical for music.
Thakidmz - Love this app
This is such a powerful app. Would recommend this to anyone.
Chops.BigMac - Innovative
so much fun
Beaubrookes - Absolutely brilliant!
Very cool. Love my Koala here in Australia!
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Perry Pelican - A winner
Great great app. Period.
One thing really bothers me. If you buy an app and you like it a lot, it's cool to communicate that to others by rating it. If an update has bugs, you DONT RATE IT AGAIN WITH A BAD RATING TO THREATEN THE DEVELOPER. You email the guy or girl to let him know. You know the app is good so why screw up the apps sales because of a bug that will get fixed. Ratings are not there to communicate with the developer. The thing that really shows that the people who do that do not care about anyone but themselves, is that they never change their bad rating. So the promise of hanging thé rating if the bug is fixed is never honoured.
Koala is fantastic. Every app has bugs sometimes. If every time a bug appeared everyone would give a bad rating, every app would have lousy ratings. Most people realize this so it's not a big problem. It's only bad when one if those ignorant people buy a great app.
DJCAM - Outstanding App
ChefChuck - Great
It’s awesome. Easily worth the pricetag.
Anubis Koala Gang - #1 for sampled based music production
Awesome app and community, this app blew my mind!
NANOCANNNNNNN - I DON’T DO REVIEWS BUT I HAD TO
THIS.IS.THE BEST MUSIC APP BRUH I’VE MADE BANGERS WITHOUT THE NEED TO HAVE TO USE A COMPUTER…… I JUST HOPE THEY ADD THINGS TO THE APP AND KEEP PUSHING IT FORWARD AND NOT PLATEAU THE APP
Bookburner_ - More FX please
Awesome app, great compliment to my work flow and my hardware SP404.
Are there going to be any other FX added to the Kaola sampler?
Imported samples must always de « ready to go » but sometimes EQ, compression and others must be used in order to make everything fit together.
In order to do this I m’usât bounce samples back in forth between my SP, DAW and Koala.
Thanks again for such a cool app.
BeatzByBiz - This is Dope!!!
But we need this in auv3 to make it perfect!!!! It’s already the best sampler now let’s do this one last step. #auv3LetsDoIt!!!, great job guys keep up the great work.
JereSN - So good.
Extremely well thought out, fun. Get samurai mode! It’s worth it
Richeroni - Fantastic creative app!
So well designed. Smooth and wonderful experience.
SenzBeats - You won’t regret buying this app
It’s the best sampler for phone/iPad on the market & it changed how I make music for the better
Shabidus - Great fun
Bought it yesterday, have already spent maybe 6 hours in it, addictive and very fun, seems the dev is very engaged so I'm sure we'll see new features.
Lontevo - Marek Bereza, thanks. Awesome is the only world can discribe your app
The possibility are infinit. Im totaly no voice about how much your app is fantastic. The power of creation can be totaly develop and use as is maximum with Koala app. Marek Bereza is the second Genius in all this generation right after Steve Jobs.
We all superstar now with this kind of app. You are Great keep goong
Exy day - The hell happened???
This app was so great, I made a whole 8 song tape on it and it worked fine until the latest update...
loading takes forever, always crashes, sometimes doesn’t save, even if I save it manually, crashes if I turn off my phone for a second, deletes samples and loops for no reason...
This app was so good until this update... if you patch these bugs, this will be a 4, maybe a 5 for me.
Puzzlefanquebec - Oustanding Sampler
Fun, easy to use and fun to use. Did I say fun to use?
Dr00pyyy - This is it.
This is the one. Pretty much everything that an SP 303/404, with some major quality of life improvements.
I would even argue that this app singlehandedly outclasses them.
Super easy to pick up, fun to use and really brings the joy of beat making to the forefront.
Don’t sleep on this.
Anonymousilicious - Tight
As a dev, I can tell how good the code under the hood of this app is. Major kudos. Beyond the quality, this is simply an app that is wildly capable and brings joy to people from beginner to advanced. In fact, if you’ve never used a sampler in your life, get this app, love this app.
Phoopock - This app is money
Love how simple and straight forward this app is
I sold my po pocket ko cuz this workflow is so much nicer
Wish it had a bit more live juggles in the preform sector
Maybe like like the flytape or maybe allow a plug-in to join
I would pay for more features
Alex Dunae - So great.
Delete all your other apps. This is the time killer you’ve been waiting for.
Kyle Cain - Good but limited
Awesome little sampler, but limited in how you can edit the audio. Wish there was more effects or audio manipulation for the samples (stretching audio for example)
Meparadis1 - I sold my SP404
I’ve spent hundred on the app store on music production apps and this one is the only one I use daily! Its seriously the most intuitive and the best for the music I make. Only thing I find would be missing is more controls on the FXs because after a while they get a bit annoying. Other than that I’d like to thank the developper to make such a good app!
Krestan - So much fun
So I paid like $5.50 for an app. And now all I do is sit around sampling our cat and dog and wife and remix them into songs and it’s great.
Turtle_free - Perfect
Simple to use. Great UI. Everything you need to create on the go. Just start the application and play. It is fun.
Everything (almost) has been cleverly designed. Congrats!
T dot m - Incredible!
This app is amazing. Everything it does is fast, musical and intuitive. I hope they add live looping and loop slicing in the future—I’d even pay for these as add-ons. It’d also be nice if there were more intuitive ways to resample audio from other iOS apps in real-time. Already as it is it’s a must-have sampling app!
Tony1st48 - Koala Sampler
Looking Forward to Many updates ❤️
DJJuniorPops - Best App
This is a must app, the only thing is landscape mode for iPad
SteveOrandomnumbers - So so good.
Wish I could buy it twice, it’s such a wonderful musical sampler. Easily the best one on iOS. Just buy it!
Rd Louis - Wonderful
I had to sell my my beloved sp404sx a few years ago because I was beyond dead broke and still miss it to this day. Koala actually brings the same advantages and improvements over the Sp series for a fraction of the price.It might be all that I need plus an iOS interface!
Cosmonautincanada - So much fun to be had
So easy, fun and very nicely designed. Love playing with this thing but it is getting in the way of my doing the things that I should be doing!
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