Zenbeats is a superbly versatile DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and loop-building platform. It’s identical to the desktop and iOS version and doesn’t suffer from any of the limitations often associated with mobile versions. Zenbeats is a proper DAW with unlimited audio and virtual instrument tracks and comes complete with a suite of instruments, effects, and loops.
You can create freeform on a timeline, or in a LoopBuilder, using a step sequencer and drum machine and then mix it all down to a finished product.
Zenbeats is very at home on a touch device. It looks beautiful; the workflow and layout are well thought out, making it very easy to use with your fingers. The Step Sequencer features an auto-fill function where you can throw in notes or create beats with a single gesture. There’s a bunch of drum kits (including official TR-808, 909 and 707 kits), samples, loops and patterns to get the beats flowing.
You can play an onscreen keyboard which can lock to a key and scale so that you never play a wrong note, or wire up an external MIDI controller and start sequencing.
In the basic free version, you get the timeline recording, sequencing, and LoopBuilder along with 9 virtual instruments. These include the fantastic SampleVerse sampler/synth, two analog synths, electric piano, bass, guitar, organ, and a drum machine. On the effects side, you get some EQ, compression, delay, and flange.
The $14.99 unlocked version brings in full editing over the virtual instruments, over 180 presets, 14 effects and no limitations on insert and send effects. There’s a further “Ultimate” version but that only really brings in VST and AU plug-in support (but only on Windows and MacOS). So the $14.99 version is definitely the best option.
Zenbeats is a proper DAW, with all the audio recording, loop building, MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments and mixing that you could need. If you’ve ever been jealous of Garage Band running on your mate’s iPad then this will make you feel a whole lot better.