Information and Specifications
Category: Sequencer Apps
Updated: 22 September 2016
Size: 46.87 MB
Seller: Sebastian Schatz
© Zaplin Music 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Get it here: triqtraq – jam sequencer – Zaplin Music
Description: “triqtraq gives you the ultimate music jamming experience in terms of fun, usability and deepness.”
Review: triqtraq is a well thought out designed app just screaming to be played live (and I’m not talking about Ableton here!).Before I started playing with it I was a bit wary. Wary because iTunes is full of bloody awful apps! Music apps, though there are lots of brilliant ones, there are lots of rubbish ones as well. I hoped the interface wasn’t going to be clunky and have multitudes of screens, menus, sub menus, etc. I hate apps that are designed with too much going on in one screen and accidentally pressing something while I’m trying to do something else. And the colour of an app; too much colour, not enough variation in colour or just dreadful to look at. I’m happy to report that triqtraq doesn’t let down in any one of those short falls I just mentioned. It’s laid out well and a pleasure to play with. The buttons are big and unobtrusive and there is one main screen. The app is functional to the point of being too easy to use (which I like). I don’t like complicated. Who wants to read through a manual when all you want to do is play? If you like improvising your music this is probably as good as it gets in the iPad/ iPhone form. It’s comparable to the functionality of a hardware control surface, though of course not as tactile.
So what is triqtraq exactly? Besides having a border line silly name which does grow on you (though I keep writing triGtraq for some reason), it’s basically an iOS imagining of a workstation with a few cues from an Akai MPC, Roland MC, etc type format. You can sequence, sample, add effects, step edit and build tracks up with patterns. It also has a few tricks up its sleeve like real time automation on effects and queuing up patterns and switching between patterns quickly. And it’s so easy to use.
Queue is one of the key features of the app. So it’s no wonder it’s on the top left corner of the app just under the step sequencer. To use the Queue function you need to have a few patterns available. If you want a simple sequence make sure the Queue screen is on. Then just go to your patterns and press each pattern in whatever sequence you want them to play. They will appear in the Queue sequence. If you want a pattern to last more than 1 measure press Edit and then the Plus button. If you want to lower the value of how many times to repeat a pattern press the minus button. Simple. To play the Queue sequence press the Play Queue button and hit the main play button and it will go through the entire sequence. You can easily hop in and out of the Queue for on the fly kind of recording or sequencing. I can’t think of anything else that’s comparable to this other than Ableton Live.
The layout is intuitive. Basically you’re looking at 4 sequencer tracks with 8 pads per track and every track holds its own samples, automation and sequencer information. The coloured tracks are named A, B, C and D. Pressing one of the tracks brings up all its information, including sequencer steps at the top of the screen. And each track has various parameters set out in 2 rows between the A and C tracks and between the B and D tracks. You have PAN, LEVEL and DECAY on one side and PITCH, FILTER and DELAY SEND on the other side. Pressing any of these effects will open up the relevant screen to adjust. You can also RESET everything on the track if you need.
The Mixer section (top right under step sequencer) allows you to adjust the overall volume of each of the 4 tracks. You can also mute and un-mute the tracks for more live craziness!
Sounds! We love sounds and triqtraq has loads and they cover all the basses. There are over 400 sounds grouped in 4 catagories: Drum, Perc, Bass, Keys. You can import your own under the USER tab via AudioPaste or iTunes import. In the MENU screen you can LOAD SESSION, SAVE SESSION or start a new session. You can also export your recording, including live recordings. To do this play your sequence to the finish. The Export Recording To screen opens and you have the option to save to Soundcloud, Audio Copy, Email, Open in… and iTunes File Sharing. Export to Open in… allows you to open your recordings in other apps. For an example I opened it in AudioShare without a problem.
Other interesting features: inter app connectivity is good if not complete, including Audiobus 2.1 support and export audio to Drop Box and what I’ve mentioned already. WIST technology to sync with other devices over bluetooth. Like all the best apps out there triqtraq will get you connected to pretty much everything out there.
But is it any good? It’s great. Easily one of the best of its kind music apps from this year. The simplicity is embarrassing and the results really good. $4.99 is a great price. For that you get a quality app that I can see could be used in a live situation without breaking a sweat. The developers have done a great job. Get it now!