We hear you: amidst the various music doodling tools calibrated for casual taps on a phone screen, you want something you can actually make your own with your own sounds. Here’s one example of that: triqtraq. It’s got the “tap it on the bus to improvise a pattern” feel of some of the apps we’ve seen lately, but without sacrificing the sort of control that might keep you coming back to it. And because it lets you include your own samples, there is some depth. (No Audio Copy/Paste, though, before some reader chimes in and points that out.)

Creators Sebastian Schatz, Olaf van Zon, and Joerg Peschel say that they wanted to scratch an itch similar to the one we’ve heard from readers. They write in the press release: “With this app, we (a bunch of friends that are crazy about electronic music) are trying to take music jamming on the iPhone to the next level. Instead of creating an app that simplifies the creation of music on an iPhone so much that you are bored with the possibilities within a week, triqtraq gives you a lot of flexibility.”


create musical patterns fast and intuitively, by programming live or by using the ‘step edit’-feature
automate parameters like pitch, filter, delay, decay and level in real-time
change samples or sample kits on-the-fly while jamming
edit multiple tracks simultaneously
store up to 16 patterns and 32 samples per session
specify the length of a sequence per track, or set the automation length for each parameter individually
switch seamlessly between patterns
use the loop range feature to create poly-rhythmic sequences
use sounds from the 350+ factory sample library
import your own sounds via iTunes file sharing

Find it in the CDM apps section:

Among other information, the developers have loads of tutorials on their site:

  • Info

    Looks like this may be a breath of fresh air in this department!

  • matze

    It’s really pretty cool, especially the ability to load your own sounds. I was a little disappointed  by the loop range feature, which they say you can use to create poly-rhythms. All it does is adjust the speed in 0.5 increments from factor 0.5 to factor 2. Not like you could tweak the number of steps or anything.
    That said, the mixer and other options are definitely well thought out, and really turn this into a performance tool!

    • matze

      what a dummy I am … just figured that the step sequencer length can be adjusted from 1 to 16 steps, and then further modified by factor .5 to 2. This thing rocks my world!!!!

  • http://soundcloud.com/hektagon Hektagon

    I honestly believe that the future of music making is on portable devices such as the Iphone or Ipad, this application is great! But I am still waiting for the developer that will push things to the new level, once you have used touch screen instead of a mouse there is no going back.  I think this would be the next step on electronic music production.

  • http://twitter.com/jazarimusic Patrick Flanagan

    Impressive app and demo performance. This looks more powerful than Figure but probably requires a greater skill level.

  • Ben

    Audio Copy/Paste would really make this great. So many great sound design tools on the iPhone, would make things more streamlined.

  • Alessandro

    Played with it this morning on the train, it is really fun, too bad for the 4 notes polyphony.
    The step sequencer is great though, automating the delay amount and delay resolution per step can lead to great results!

  • res_ident

    Like so many cool sound apps – this is a promising and strong start. Audio copy and export functions will come in time… for sure. Getting better at navigating this but had mad fun writing quick tracks down by the river yesterday… a welcome respite from being locked in my music studio. I do find that recording things in real-time is a bit widly in terms of timing (often seems to lag a bit with where it places notes) but this shows some great promise. Can’t wait to see how they’ll make use of the iPad version…