Hmmmm makes sense - Most intuitive music creation app by far (but missing some features)
Ableton has knocked it out of the park with this app. The UI is easy to understand and everything makes sense but I believe the app is still in its infancy. The sounds included are great but the sampler leaves something to be desired. There is no easy way to change the stop and start points of a sample. I was hoping for an easy drag from the far right side of the sample in the sample window to change the end point and drag from the far left side to change the start point. However I cannot figure out for the life of me to change this. Keep in mind I didn't take the tour I like to discover things for myself. It's still one of the great joys of learning new software. In my opinion tho what makes a great app is if the end user thinks something should happen when you do something than that thing (swipe to change sample start and endpoints) should most definitely happen.
Figet speener - Changing the game.
This app has changed the game. I haven’t touched anything else on my I pad, my vast arsenal of hardware synths, samplers are getting neglected due to the ease and speed of using this app. Once you get past the tiny learning curve you will start to discover features you thought were absent but are in fact hidden in the UI. Each instruments clip can be automated independently! This blew my mind. Saves so much time/work when you import your project into Ableton live. Importing your whole project into Ableton could not be any easier. Just save your project from Note to Ableton cloud and everything is there. Grab the complete project file from your Ableton browser from Ableton Cloud onto your current project and it’s all there fully automated ready for production. If you get creative you can work outside of Ableton Live as well as an instrument, or for loops. Connect to an interface and record your projects/clips into logic syncing time with Ableton link. This is the fastest workflow I’ve ever experienced and my vote for best music making app for 2022 and all time. A must have! My number one recommendation is please please pretty please with cash on top, add midi controller support.
Ferrichrome - Has potential, missing some features
First of all I will say I am a hardcore Ableton user who has been using the desktop app for a few years. This is a great slimmed down version of session view with choice Ableton instruments and effects included. With what you get for the price I think it’s a good deal.
However there are some features that are missing that make creation a lot more difficult than it should be. First of all, I’d like to be able to adjust the length of notes in clips.
Also it’s weird that you can’t create a note manually, you have to play everything in which gets really annoying.
Finally I think this should have audio track support. It’s weird they left this out, as Ableton originally started as a way to manipulate audio. I’m hoping this will come in another update, as I’d love to be able to play or sing something and have it in my song. I know I can use sampler, but I’d also like just straight up audio tracks to make things more convenient.
Fightamin - Lost 2 hours + other bugs
First off, I worked on a piece for two hours, and I had it in a really good spot that I was really proud of. I tried, pressing the back button, which is apparently the only way you can save a document, and nothing happened. He tried over and over again, nothing. Tried exporting it. No dice. Button was greyed out. So, I closed down the app, hoping that it would auto save my progress. Opened it back up, and all of my work was gone.
It’s really frustrating, because I was really looking forward to it. The other things that bother me are when you’re editing notes there are absolutely no markers anywhere to see where you’re lining up your notes on the beat. There’s no way to drag and swap parts. Like, if I like the part on the third beat, and I want to swap it out with the part on the first bed there’s just no way for me to do that. There are a few other minor annoyances like that as well. Editing anything is its weakest trait. Actually, scratch that, the lack of a continuous auto save is quite ridiculous.
V Gr0oVe - Check out Koala sampler
This app is really good with what it provides but at the same time I don’t take it seriously enough for professional use. Koala Sampler has everything this lacks. I love the idea of note but there just aren’t enough options to use for a satisfactory sampling workflow or idea generator. It seems very behind the times as far as mobile music production goes aside from the in-app sounds and instrument controls. I do like the midi recording approach but find myself dead in my tracks when I go to double the sequence and turn my 1 bar loop into a 4 bar then and 8 bar loop with continuous audio. I like the nudge feature but would prefer to also be able to manually move notes in a labeled piano roll.
A couple of tweaks to this app and it could be a quick intuitive workflow but as of right now it’s just limiting enough to push me into other apps, however, as an ableton live user I watch App Store for updates.. hope this becomes something great.
Djdrewsie - Impressive, Simple, Worth the price
Just finished downloading and played with this app for about 20 minutes. I love this app and it’s well worth the price. Note makes it easy to lay down ideas and even finish them if you desire. Plenty of onboard instruments and fx to get you going. So much can be done right in the app and I haven’t even exported to cloud yet. Would love to just have even more sounds to play with and would also like to see Auv3/iaa support down the road. Would be nice to bring in other instruments from my iPad to play with. Midi support would not hurt either. I like knocking out riffs via keyboard so I’d like to see that implemented down the road. Also please add swing timing to drums. It appears there’s no way to do that and quantize it. But Great job Ableton…now I’m gonna go back jamming out. Happy music making everyone.
TonyGrund - Well worth the price of admission!
This is a great little sketch app by Ableton that allows you to easily bang out ideas and decide whether you want to keep them or not. There are plenty of sound and clip editing capabilities for you to work with. You’re not going to make a full-blown track with this app - that’s not the point, and there isn’t an Arrangement View to lay things out anyway, but it’s a fun, fully capable app for getting things going, and getting ideas out of your head.
Uploading from the app to the cloud works really well. Once you’ve signed up for Ableton’s Cloud service (a free, painless signup), just select the set to be uploaded to the cloud, and then open the set in Ableton’s Browser (under Places in the new 11.2.5 update).
I guess the biggest downside is that you can’t use your own plugins in the app, but that’s not that big a deal really. The sounds that are included are fine for getting ideas out, and you can record your own samples directly into the app.
Overall, Ableton Note is well worth the $5.99 price tag.
Thanks Ableton! It’s about time you brought the Live experience to the phones of the world.
Better late than never!
T2024 - Finally a good DAW on mobile
10-year ableton Live veteran here. The geniuses at Ableton finally gave us an intuitive app that works well. I messed with it for the past hour, can’t wait to come up with ideas on my flights now. Super easy to use, great sounds as well. The pads and scale functions are super cool.
One thing I wish it had was a way to record your voice without using a sampler. I’m so tired of beatboxing ideas into my Voice Memos, so I was hoping this app would let me directly record my voice on a audio track. But it’s a loop-based app so I understand if impossible. Devs, I think a lot of people are looking to be able to record their voice ideas like an elevated memo app.
Otherwise this is well worth the money!
Mmusicproductionsf - Fun app
Over all I think the note app is great, however I think it is important to remember that it’s purpose is not to make full songs but to make musical sketches. Its definitely not the ableton your used too. It’s hard to tell what things will sound like on your real monitors vs your phone speakers. I’m not sure if an I phone can use midi information but it would be super cool to be able to plug in a small midi controller. More than two fx spaces per instrument would be cool too. Over all I think it could be a super useful app when more features are added but for now it’s kind of just a dumbed down session view. It’s still a lot of fun I can’t really imagine taking something I made on it and competing it though.
Meohyes - Great app but… Ableton owns your music on the cloud!
I’m a long time Ableton user and I just read through the fine print. And it says…
As between You and Ableton, You retain all ownership of any intellectual property rights that You hold in Your Sets. You are solely responsible for any Sets You upload, share, or otherwise utilize on Ableton Cloud. Solely for the purpose of enabling Ableton to provide the Ableton Cloud services as contemplated herein, You grant Ableton (and its Authorized Third-Parties) a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable and sublicensable, license to use, store, distribute, copy, modify, adapt, transform, reproduce, host, perform, display and communicate Your Sets including all contents and materials contained in Your Sets, without any compensation or obligation to You.
You can still share the sets over WiFi so I changed my rating from 1 to 3 because it’s a great app
Thedudewhoreviewed - Lacks very basic midi and clip editing
Good concept, but I was very disappointed to find I can’t add or duplicate notes in a clip. Can’t change note lengths or choose start/end note quantization. Workarounds like spamming several notes just to have something to nudge around and delete is not fun. Clips need more granular options like time sig and lengths need to be able to be independent of each other outside of multiples of 1 bar. The resolution you can delete in a recorded clip needs to be much smaller, I can’t figure out how to trim just like the first 1/4 bar of a clip, it’s gotta be a full bar to trim? Hopefully updates can make this more usable, as is, I don’t see myself using this for more than a way to create desktop drum racks from live sampling with the iPhone’s mic (which can sound surprisingly good)
Ethan for the youth - Decent first attempt, missing a step sequencer and linear track editing
I use Ableton 11 everyday to produce and I love it so I had high hopes for this app. The concept is good, make a mobile daw for sketching ideas, similar to Andrew Huang’s flip, that can be ported onto ableton, but, the execution leaves something to desire. For starters when sketching out Ideas I want to at the very least be able to record an audio track, something notably lacking. To add Insult their is no easy way to sequence midi, instead you must play in every note and then go back to edit it. The app however is not all bad, the sounds are high quality and there is a decent selection for effects. This app could be great but it’s not so when sketching out ideas on my phone I will continue to use fl mobile.
@nickgarver on insta - amazing app, some suggestions!
First off, fantastic job to the team. So far I have had no crashes, and playback is crisp and seamless. I LOVEEE the way the sampler works, absolute perfect for creative flow. I honestly wish i had the simple "zoom to crop" thing in desktop ableton. Instruments sound great, and the effects and basically the same as desktop.
I realize this is a sketchbook app so i am keeping this in mind, but here are some thing thats would make it a game changer for me.
- multiple effects for instruments, (at least 3, especially on the drums too!) one spot is usually immediately taken up by an EQ for most
- left / right panning in the mixer
- midi note editor needs to be expanded a bit, really the largest area lacking. just an option to click in notes after you make a clip would be hugeeee
- master effects would be a nice addition but i could understand not doing it to save on cpu and it is a sketch app.
- please add one synth, anything. just one operator option would change my life.
THANK U TO THE TEAM YOU ARE AMAZING
WarMaster Photos - THANK YOU.
Feels like I’ve been waiting for this app for a decade. Every single mobile music app I’ve ever used has some sticking points that keep me from truly integrating it into my workflow. Not this. First day with it and I started a track, moved it to Ableton Live and finished it without any fuss. That’s never happened to me.
Everything about this is so clear and intuitive. It feels like second nature. I hope it stays that way with future updates. It could use a few things, but please not at the expense of the perfect immediacy this app currently offers!
A few first impressions-
It would be nice if you could double-tap to reset knob parameters. They can be a bit fiddly.
The ability to duplicate entire tracks and not just clips would also be useful.
Not sure if there’s a way to change the volume of individual samples on the drum rack (maybe I missed it?) but if not, that would be great as well.
Overall so excited about this app!! Thanks for all your hard work on this.
Grymmjack - A great start with potential
You can’t resize existing notes. My touches are often ignored. The tap and hod in session view is flakey. Cant change metronome volume. Cant change interval or octave of most synths. No master effects. No follow actions. Very limited effects. No dynamics or pitch effects. No arp. No MIDI input (yes, really). No copy/paste clips (only duplicate and move). The Ableton cloud only lets you store 5 sets. I know, it’s a great start with loads of potential. I trust Ableton to address all this stuff. Limited to 8 device tracks and 8 scenes. There are other iOS apps that can export as liveset that are a lot more complete, responsive, and capable. I will say the design is fantastic, just needs a lot more work and features and responsiveness to my touches.
Wafflesarecrunchy123@ - Good app idea and great UI, still needs features.
As someone who uses Live for music production, I find that Ableton has intuitively implemented the workflow from Session View into a compact daw that could easily be used on an iPhone. HOWEVER, I find that it’s missing quite a few features if it were to compete with GarageBand and FL Studio Mobile.
I find that every DAW on the market has some sort of piano roll to draw in notes on a clip. Although Ableton’s idea for the app might’ve been to perform everything into the tracks, if someone were to be using AirPods for example, the latency would just make the process a lot more challenging than it needs to be.
GarageBand also has their version of the arrangement view, making it a lot easier to put ideas together into a full track. If Ableton were to implement that alongside a proper piano roll, that would make this already fun DAW even more capable.
And one final gripe is the inability to pick and use additional effects like in Live.
I hope Ableton continues to build upon this app as this could potentially be the best daw on iOS. <3
Tom Rhodes - Great Idea I hope they expand it
Very cool app from Ableton. The more I dig into it the more I like it, it’s not a replacement for a DAW, but kind of like a little sketchbook that you can carry around and make ideas with. The main feature that it’s lacking badly for me is the ability to record an audio track that isn’t inside Sampler. As a songwriter it’s really helpful for me to be able to record melody or lyrical ideas with the music. Even a very basic audio track function would make this app my absolute go to for idea creation. As it stands it’s fun, but I will keep using my voice memo app for 90% of my songwriting.
Catniptoy - Great but unusable in day to day life
I think this app was meant to be a companion for musical ideas in the wild. Unfortunately really bad Bluetooth lag is kind of a dealbreaker, especially without a step sequencer. If you use AirPods, you won’t be able to actually tap out a beat, the lag is worse than any other music app I’ve used. I want to use this all the time, right now even as I am out at a coffee shop , but I am not going to bring a pair of wired headphones with me just for that. I hope they adjust, otherwise I feel a little miffed about the execution here.
JaronSt - happy to see it
i’m honestly thrilled to have an ableton companion in my pocket. having the ableton link feature in this app is going to make random sessions away from home a WHOLE lot more interesting.
in a perfect world i’d love to have unlimited fx on my channels. being limited to only 2 is pretty rough. the MIDI roll is limited right now as well. I wish I had a more cohesive way to edit my notes. i’d love to place notes down without having to record everything
i read another review talking about audio channels missing. if i could record a guitar or my voice through my iphone mic to get an idea down, that’d be gamechanging. you could totally write your song before hitting the studio to put the whole song together. worlds of possibilities here
there’s a lot of room for improvement but i’m giving this 5 stars because i’m excited that we’re finally getting an ableton tool on iOS
Strizbiz - Had to remove a star, sorry
Ok, already going in the wrong direction for me. Taking away velocity in chromatic keyboard mode was just not smart at all. Especially since we still can’t use midi keyboard controllers, which a lot of people want and tbh, I’m starting to get the feeling is never going to happen. This had the potential of becoming my most used app and now it might be one of those apps that turn into dust collectors for me. I really like it but I might have to delete it if there are no plans to allow us to use midi controllers.
TyArc - Exactly what i wanted!
I use ableton live for my music production and i always wish I could have a way to put down ideas on the go or just get something to spark my inspiration when I'm not in the studio. This app does exactly that! I really like the ableton cloud syncing so that if i do create a little idea i can work on it later. Super cool concept and i think it works really well. Obviously it is very limited to just creating ideas and not exactly a full fleshed out track, but that is perfectly fine! Good stuff ableton!
Armeeof1 - Audio Tracks?
Enjoying my time with the app so far but I feel it could be improved further by adding audio tracks to record longer passages. The sampler is fine for short samples but anything longer like full guitar or keyboard chord progressions or complete vocal verses or choruses, it can’t really handle all that well. These could also import directly into Ableton on an audio track. I feel this would really take the app to the next level. Any plans for adding this?
Win8User - A great start but needs maturity
I’ve been wanting Ableton to make a mobile app for years. Ableton Cloud could be a game changer for moving mobile ideas to the desktop, but the two deal breakers for me are 1) no time signature and 2) no note editor. The absence of a time signature means that I won’t use the app if I have a musical idea outside the time signature of 4/4. Until a note editor is fully in place, the simplest modifications I’d love to see in the UI would be: 1) tap a note to hear it. 2) tap and hold a note to bring up a menu so I can duplicate it. 3) tap and drag a note to change the length.
Brownandsticky - Finally
Probably like a lot of people, I've been waiting for something like this. And so far I love it. Even just as a drum machine, it's better than any app I've tried, with the exception of Patterning 2, which has its own strengths and weaknesses.
One limitation, which I hope gets addressed in a future release: time signature is limited to 4/4. Time signature per track would be ideal, but even a global time signature would be huge.
Looking forward to seeing what happens with this.
Robbed and Annoyed - Love it so far!
The simplicity of the interface makes it really fun and quick to get used to. I love that it mirrors session mode. I’ve been having a lot of fun jamming on my ipad with it. I like how it starts you off with a randomized set of drums, bass, synth etc- nicely curated presets.
It can be overwhelming to start a song in desktop Ableton, given the endless possibility- so it’s nice to have the limitations of this app. I think I’ll be using it a lot to start new songs.
The system for inputting initial recordings is really brilliant. I love that it automatically sets a tempo- or you can select a clip length. It’s also great that you can set the key and scale.
It would be nice if I could edit the note length in the clip editor. It also would be great to have the Ableton Link feature.
Overall- very excited about this app!
Mikenoface - A great start!
This was long overdue. Great interface, feels very familiar. Not too cluttered with extra options or trying to constantly sell sound packs and addons.
My one feature request would be to allow the user to disable loop capture during playback. Sometimes I like to rehearse for a bit before hitting record, and I spent a lot of time selecting and deleting notes. Loop capture is great, just let me toggle it off if I want.
Cheers to the Ableton team on the release!
JohnnyDawg9162 - Superb application!
Absolutely beautiful app. As a long time Ableton user, it’s incredibly intuitive to those familiar with their interface. My only caveat would be that I really wish there was a one-touch chord function (similar to what Native Instruments has in their Komplete Kontrol plug-in) to sketch out ideas quicker. Everything else has been wonderful and a joy to play with. Thank you for taking your time with this!
Capedape - Great start for 1.0
The UI and UX are stellar as expected from Ableton. The sound design is great so even if not a Live owner it’s totally worth the cheap price for the sounds. Some features I’d like to see: Preset import from Live to note. In the piano roll, the ability to add a note and also hear note where it’s placed. MIDI in from other apps / MIDI file import Another companion controller app that’s more like Touchable or the one Bitwig just put out. Some way to see clips names on an iPad screen. The files app access to samples / import screen is done very well in comparison to other apps. Well done devs.
Hard to imagine back when tinkering with the first versions of Ableton in the early 00’s this would come about.
Windylife - Promising. Gotta love integration back to Live!
Just got it. I am a sucker for good software integration. Experience for ideas seems good. My brain works only in session mode so I feel at home already. Great starting point. Looks clean with good features presented in a subtle ways.
Too many options and this APP will become tedious. I am glad they delivered enough to play with and bring it back to Live.
Great job Team Ableton!
BenBranchaud - Almost Perfect
This does everything I would want it to do without bogging it down. EXCEPT even just one audio track would really go a long way, and it looks like I’m not the only one who thinks that. I don’t want it to turn into a mobile DAW or anything. Just one single audio track. Really a perfect sketchbook for Ableton users and it will easily be five stars from me as soon as it gets audio capabilities.
EosKai - Fun and intuitive
Great pocket daw that’s very streamlined for getting ideas quickly, just wish there were more sounds to choose from. Not expecting the full live suite but I think doubling its current number of sounds would put it in an a very decent place to sustain its lifecycle as I can definitely see myself getting bored of what’s available to me soon just off first impression.
Dantaylr - This is cute *goes back to Ableton Live*
This is an adorable UX demonstration and a great way for someone with no experience to get started making audio loops strictly with midi-based instruments.
It does not appear to have any linear timeline, audio manipulation, or audio stretching workflows. It’s kind of like a really good soundboard with loops and quantization. Props to the team for throwing knob automation recording in there.
The interface on iPad is about the same as the phone which results in my expensive and powerful iPad Pro looking like a children’s music toy.
I would love to encourage the team at Ableton to see this dip of their toes in the iOS water as a well-executed success and go ahead and port Ableton Live to the iPad next.
Rockfish66 - Good But Latency
App seems to be very well thought out but for some reason if you use BT headphones there is not just AUDIO latency - which is to be expected - but the screen is also unusable. Why would headphones create massive touch screen lag?
So, seems like they didn’t realize the biggest phone maker on earth makes phones with ONLY Bluetooth headphones.
Factor in an adapter and carrying around a second set of wired headphones if you want to use this.
Bob2622337 - Amazing app, they should be charging more
It’s very intuitive and easy to upload to the cloud and downlod onto my laptop to finish mixing. My only big complaint is that I haven’t figured out how to change the length of midi notes without quantization so sometimes it takes me a bunch of times to record notes the way I’d like.
Xadao - I love it, really… but (edited)
I take back what I said. I have gotten a lot better at not hitting the delete button accidentally… some practice with it pays off. I love this app. Yes it is limited, and yes that is the beauty of it. The way it forces you to write things relatively “on-time” is such a chop builder imo. Thank you so much
P.s. chance mod would be 🔥📈
Simpson Design - Phenomenal First Entry
I'm incredibly excited to see an Ableton app on my iPhone. This first version is a great entry into mobile music making and inspires creativity from the start. A couple of things I've noticed early on that is love to see are support for chord pads and more editing options in the piano roll. Love the MIDI capture - I haven't seen it executed so well on a mobile app. Great work, Ableton!
Beet lord - Dear Ableton
Firstly, thank you so much for creating an app that allows me to conveniently capture ideas wherever i am. The sound presets and drum kits are amazing and it’s really fun to record samples live and play with them.
In case you are reading, here are but two requests that i ask:
1. Please add a ‘Filter’ to the track FX. It would be nice to filter an entire drum kit.
2. If possible please add a ‘Step Sequencer’. It is a different style to play the notes on a touchscreen, but the lack of feedback always feels off. And if there are no external midi connections(which i imagine you are working on) it would be much easier to program drums.
Thank you again,
Greg.ni - 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨
Very fun and easy to use, but please add the ability to export perfect individual loops of each sound, or at least pick and choose which ones… make it so that we can export directly into AudioShare I don’t understand why we can’t fix these issues, and it would be a five star app all day every day
SuperSEN-G63 - Good Beginnings
This App is off to a good start however given where we are in 2022 with iPad OS Music Production, way much more is to be expected of this app. For the iPad it would be great to have a settings option to switch to landscape. Also, the addition of midi input / midi controller support (like Launchpad Pro) is an absolute must if we choose to refine creations from touch only. Those two would really help to capture ideas on the go before exporting to the studio DAW.
BIGBolo73 - A Suggestion…
Great app. But this does need a chopping function for samples. I do not use a computer or Ableton Live but this app can be used by itself. But as much as I love the adjust sample function this does need a chopping function for those who would use this as a sampler as well. Like me. Would it be possible to add?
Jayoforyayo - Thoughtful, expressive, fun
This is the most fun I’ve had with an app in - long long time. The UI is very intuitive, and I feel right at home as a long time Ableton user. Job well done to the Ableton team - you’ve turned my phone into an incredibly fun (and addicting) instrument!
Bad terrible interfce change - Wow.
The best music creation phone app hands down. And one of the most functional, impressive apps on a phone in general. If you are a noob or expert, and you want to sketch ideas or even write full songs, this is a must buy. Your search has ended.
Beints - Great start, just needs midi length.
Nice start with this app. UI is pretty intuitive. It would be super nice to be able to edit note lengths, and have a slightly visible grid that allows a user to line up notes relative to beat times, this is super useful when nudging and fixing notes.
GimmickMusik - Almost perfect
It’s almost perfect for an on the go writing companion. However, I would like to see some more sounds added in the future. I would also really like to see the addition of a step-sequencer.
Timba10 - Capture-record is a smart way to do on-the-go music sketching
The capture-record functionality is a game changer and super fun.
This isn’t trying to be a full featured daw and that’s a good thing.
Excited to see this get refined over time.
Afriendcalledfive - No sample slice?
Haven’t found a way to slice samples. Honestly I would’ve expected that to be a base feature. Seems like this could’ve been better thought out and will ultimately just become an app to sell sound packs to people. Sad because I’ve purchased suite every year for the past few releases and even that is a buggy crashing mess now
Jkjgd2 - It’s cool but just okay
This app feels like it’s intentionally shooting itself in the foot to be a place to “start ideas” by not having something as simple as midi editing. Other than that the app is cool, but it you can judge and transpose the notes in the roll, not being able to change their length just feels stupid.
Athanlive - Inter-App option? MIDI support?
Looks very very promising so far but still it’s just a touch app, if inter-app audio was to be added it would be amazing, there are so many way this app could be used. MIDI mapping and in general midi support is another feature I’d love to see!
Jon_onetwo - Almost perfect
I love this new app, so intuitive, so much going on, just one flaw for me, there’s no clear and easy way in the settings menu to map it to my mpk mini play to play beats on the pads or use the keys
Ldepra - The UI makes this app
If you try different mobile DAWs, you will understand how hard it is to create something of this caliber.
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C_Walsh - Easy and Powerful
Ableton Live has been a powerhouse tool in the music industry for years, and now many of its best qualities have been squeezed down into an accessible and easy-to-use mobile app. It comes with a surprising amount of content to create with and in-depth tools to let you go about as far as you’d likely want to before porting your set over to a computer. Especially for someone who is new to or curious about music production, Note a great tool for learning, creation and experimentation.
Cal2257 - Make music on the move!
Great little app for slapping down some grooves and ideas whilst you get those unsuspecting inspirational waves.
Easy enough to export your audio to your full setup and portable enough to not draw any attention whilst you program drums on your laptop and headphones in that cafe or on that train…
Mobile and earbuds is the new movement!
209n39j - Great addition to Live
Fun for kids and grown ups alike because easy to use but powerful. It meets the intended objective which is to help sketch out basic ideas while on the go. Impressive quality for a first release. You can tell that a lot of work from skilled pros has gone into it.
Loncarevic - Amazingly simple.
Within the first few minutes I could tell the developers put a lot of effort into this app. They’ve really hit the nail in the head with the design, ease of use, and sounds that are available. Worth every cent.
Da_dj - Great place to start with electronic music
Would be great if you can add support for microtone intervals for some of the synths
Billlie_eyelash - Still some bugs
This app is so much fun and you can do a lot with it but I’ve lost work several times due to bugs with the cloud sync.
Wakinglife78 - Yo Ableton, nice!
Great tones and usability. 😎
Nickthed - No Step Sequencer
Good start but without a step sequencer not a very practical mobile app due to latency with Bluetooth headphones. Look forward to future updates.
BigBossAU - No step sequencer
Audio lag on Bluetooth makes finger drumming hard. Not good for mobile use. Really needs a step sequencer. Lots of free apps with more functionality.
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Tommy Krues - So…
First of thank you ! Been waiting for an official app from Ableton. It’s definitely a great app for what it offers BUT…it can be a lot better I feel like for the almost 10$ that it cost it is definitely lacking in features. I feel like adding support for AU3 on the app will open up a lot more doors I enjoy stock sounds but I’d love to be able to integrate my other apps for sounds, Second maybe a bit more midi control ?
Heccindoggo - Everything you need for music notes
I’m loving every feature of this. Having tried most of the available music apps for mobile this takes the cake by a long shot for me. So much thought went into the UI to make recording, automation, and element building easier than any other app available. Very very impressed!
Jayson lemoine - Great potential
Rad little app but it’s missing a couple things to make it a 10/10.
Would really benefit from a piano roll, arp and chord mode. Velocity control would be a big plus as well.
That being said it’s great and how seamless you can bring the project into ableton is perfect.
I use session view to preform so it’s a perfect companion to live for me. Just needs a couple things to make it solid.
Okami_CK - Needs A traditional MIDI Grid
Then, it's perfect.
TommyD1689 - Amazing. Keep it up.
This is great, a lot of what I hoped for in a companion app.
A couple of things:
-after connecting a second iOS device I get “something went wrong” when trying to upload to the cloud with said device.
-it would be amazing if this could app could one day be supported by the push 2
Aekorps - Not a Replacement
This is an app for ideas, not full tracks. iOS isn’t a great studio tool, at least not now. This app realizes and uses your phone for what it excels at: taking notes to build out later when you’re at your real setup.
Adriandz - Superbly designed, fast and fun
This app is outstanding. The most standout aspect is the UI, which is super slick. Extremely fast and responsive and beautifully designed, with a lot of thoughtful support for useful gestures that just feel right. Ableton sweated over the details on this.
Then there is sync, which is I think what is most exciting about the app from a process perspective. I am a bit of a minimalist with my setup, I want stuff that fits into how I do things seamlessly without having to learn a lot of new/different things, so something that "just works" with Live is great. Syncing to Ableton Cloud, then opening a Live set that sounds literally exactly like Note - with the same instruments and samples - feels near miraculous.
And then there are just the overall features of music-making in the app itself, which are excellent. I love the looper-based way you create new material. The synths sound amazing and appear to be running onboard synthesis, you can even open up FM synthesis templates and experiment. Everything just sounds and feels amazing.
Very excited about this new chapter for Ableton. It’s nice to see this kind of innovation.
Bibbildy bobldy - Great for ideas
Love the workflow of this. Note is very much it’s own thing. Don’t expect “Live” or “Push” on your mobile device. Or a mobile DAW for that matter. This is a sketch pad, more along the lines of Reason Compact - an extension of your primary DAW meant to lower barriers to creativity and productivity.
Stormchild - Awesome
This is a surprisingly capable mobile version of Ableton Live. The workflow is really intuitive and well designed for a phone size touch screen. Great way to tap out some ideas and pick them up in Live to turn them into full tracks.
Zerobit - Save your money
Meh. Not there yet. Needs to be… more fun to use.
RobHellenius - Looks good for a start but. . . .
But AUV3 hosting is a must. And Audiobus as well so it can talk with the rest of the amazing iOS music app community. No midi in/out, no audio clips? Plus I t would be nice if I could use my push controller.
Fix it permanently! - Severely lacking and cumbersome.
Layout of the app is strange, it's difficult to get confortable with and cumbersome to use. It's missing must-have things like a piano roll to build chords with and clips that contain those chords which can be laid out in a traditional fashion like in ableton's arrangement view. Not having these things (things that app store competitors have) are deal breakers for an app like this. There is no compressor and no way to sidechain too. This is also a major letdown and turn-off. Overall I don't recommend this app. In its current form there are far superior apps in the app store to use for mobile sketching/notes/ideas.
Will definitely update my rating if this app is improved and the glaring omissions are added later on but for right now with these things missing the competition is just so far ahead to the point that this app is redundant.
FADE One - Good start
This yearns for a full Ableton Live App as companion on iPad Pro
JMHmusic - Simple, yet malleable!
I have lots of respect for this company and am happy they came out with a portable format for quick musical note-taking! They’ve done a fantastic job at making this enjoyable and easy to use yet giving us a lot of control! Look forwards to using this more!
Phoon_cs - You did it better
The clean interface I expect from ableton. Works phenomenally.
Killos53 - Very cool
One thing that would make this better is the ability to download individual drum kits from packs that I’ve purchased from ableton. Also double tap to reset dial to default
Countingcook - Ableton sketch pad on mobile
So easy to use and I can’t wait to see where this app goes. Love it!
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