BeatHawk is a music creation app created by UVI, a France-based development team that makes software for professional audio production. I’ve had some time to spend with Beathawk, and I must say, it’s a VERY polished and independent app for music creation. From the quality sound-packs, clean interface, and usability, it’s a homerun for any mobile musician. Paired with the jamstik+ as my guitar controller, I was extremely impressed with how easy it was to compose and bounce down this track!
If you don't already have BeatHawk, you can download it from the App Store for $9.99.
Check out the video example below to hear the final track, then scroll down for a full walkthrough!
Now Onto The Walk-Through!
Follow along with these video tutorials to get you started with Beathawk
Connection (make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your device)
Setting Up The Session
Making your first loops in BeatHawk
For this example, I’m going to recreate the 3 basic loops similar to my demo video.
Beathawk has a unique and cool way of exporting tunes. My favorite is using iCloud to download all of the tracks. When you're done, simply tap Export (the first selection).
Conclusion on Sounds & Interface Usability
The starter sound packs work amazingly with just about anything! Whether your preferred music style is electronic or more traditional, I’m positive you’ll be pleased with the selection of different sounds available.
As far as usability, the only hurdle I had to jump through was adjusting to working with the touch screen on the iPad as opposed to using a keyboard with hotkeys and a mouse in my computer-based DAWs. This is mainly the limitations of the iPad touch screen, but after about an hour of working on the interface, my workflow got much faster. With the vast availability of music production apps on iOS the past few years, I have been getting caught up with the functionality and convenience of iPad/iPhone DAWs like Garageband. In short, if you have experience using music apps on mobile devices, you should be able to navigate this with a few tries.
Note: I did NOT have to use any tutorials or set-up guides to get me started! Within an hour of messing around with the app, I was able to stumble upon all of the functionality I needed to create quick song ideas.
Overall, BeatHawk is an excellent app paired with the jamstik+. It includes all of the main features you could want in a music creation app, and with the large variety of sound packs available, it’s a wonderful alternative to GarageBand. I highly recommend everyone give this app a try!
In the latest version of the jamstik+ app (v 1.7.3) we’ve added an Audio FX chain with simple effects and amp models for you to play with your jamstik+. An effects chain can string together guitar-pedal and amp simulations on top of your sound.
At Zivix, we're often asked "Was the jamstik+ the guitar company I saw on "Shark Tank"? The answer is NO, we were never on Shark Tank. We're proud to say that Zivix is around today because of the hundreds of early-adopters that believed in the jamstik, and backed our products on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.